This Sunday, 23 April is St George’s Day. For the very first time in my life this day is very significant to me.
Besides, George being my Grand-daddy’s name, this Saint features in the latest novel I am writing.
This book, part of my Dragons Dwelt Here series, titled Saint George’s Dragon is proving a very exciting project.
I have been fascinated for some years now about the thousands and thousands of dragon, or as we call them today, dinosaur, stories from around the world. Funny thing is, these stories go back, centuries and even millennia. Not just that, but many European to South American Countries have dragon/dinosaur images built into their architecture and art.
The anatomy of these carvings are accurate to fossils records found today. These drawings, sculptures and carvings were done centuries before the first scientific dinosaur bones were discovered in the early 19th Century. How could this be?
Has our very recent western theory of evolution got a few things a little upside down? It got me wondering why human footprints and dinosaur foot prints have been discovered side by side in the fossil record.
It got me wondering why when a researcher Dr Mary Schweitzer involved in the discovery of dinosaur soft marrow tissue and blood cells in 2006, was having trouble getting her results published. Schweitzer said “I had one reviewer tell me that he didn’t care what the data said, he knew that what I was finding wasn’t possible. I wrote back and said, ‘Well, what data would convince you?’ And he said, ‘None.’”
Further, she recounted how she noticed that a T. rex skeleton from Hell Creek, Montana, USA, had a definite corpse-like odour. When she mentioned it to long-time paleontologist Jack Horner, he said “Oh yeah, all Hell Creek bones smell.”
So ingrained is the ‘millions of years’ theory, that they just don’t act like scientists should!
Another case of West knows best!!!!!
When I wrote my historical novel Son of Spain about the adult life of Diego Velázquez a C17th court painter, in chapter 5, I wrote about Velázquez’s meeting with the Flemish painter Rubens and I describe his famous painting St George and the Dragon. I made a note-to-self right there and then, to explore the notion, of cultures of the past (and many of the present) having evidence of man walking with dinosaurs.
Years ago, my boys were watching 1977 Pete’s Dragon and as I came into the family room I heard these motivating and inspiring words by Dr Terminus… “In my scientific opinion, the existence of a dragon will have an impact of gigantic proportions; myth and legend will become history and science”
My first book in the Dragons Dwelt Here series, titled Thunderbird has been released on Amazon. It is a creative novel based on the Sioux telling of their encounter with a Thunderbird and its remarkable match to the Pteranodon.
St George’s Dragon, all going well, will be released later this year.
The thing about St George, who was born in Cappadocia, is that he is not only the Patron St of England, but also quite a few other countries as well.
I invite you to read Thunderbird, (written for young adults) while you wait for the publishing of St George’s Dragon.
But, before you go to Amazon to purchase your copy, enjoy the slide show at the bottom exhibiting just a few wonderful paintings through the Centuries of George, the brave and noble high-ranking officer in the Roman army during the end of 3rd and the beginning of the 4th Century AD, made good!