Lost stone circles
Background to Quicksilver:
Background to Serpent's Gold:
Stonehenge is probably the best known stone circle in the world but there were once thousands of these mysterious ancient structures scattered all across the globe. Have a look at the megalithic map www.Megalith.ukf.net to see just how many there are in Europe alone.
A few like those at Avebury and Callanish are still clearly visible, others have fallen into such disrepair that there is barely anything left of them. Sadly there are many which have disappeared completely due to centuries of erosion or vandalism.
The character of ‘Stone Killer Harrison’ in Quicksilver is based on a real man nick-named Stone Killer Robinson who lived in the 18th century. He deliberately destroyed part of the massive stone circle at Avebury to build cottages from the rubble and then had the cheek to complain that he wasn’t making enough money out of it!
In 601 AD Pope Gregory the Great instructed the Christian missionary priests in England to adopt existing ‘pagan’ sites of worship as their own. This practice continued down the centuries, which is why so many churches were built on ancient sites. Remnants of these stone circles can often still be found in the churchyard or even in the churches themselves. At the old manor house at Stonor near Henley on Thames one of the stones from the stone circle can be seen embedded in the South East corner of the chapel.
If you want to find out more about stone circles and megaliths, the megalithic portal www.megalithic.co.ukis a wonderful treasure house of information and photographs.