By Simon R. Green
A quest for the Unholy Grail-the goblet from which Judas drank on the final Supper-takes deepest eye John Taylor deep into the key, magical middle of London...called the Nightside.
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A search on the internet reveals numerous sightings in diverse places such as London, Derby, the Isle of Wight, and an old Roman road near Weymouth. Some readers will be familiar with the well-known case of a troop of soldiers seen by a plumber working in a York cellar in 1953. However, such sightings are a modern phenomenon, with nearly all of them dating to the last 50 years. 154 Distinguishing between the ghost of a Bronze Age warrior and an Iron Age one would be a task for an archaeologist, but thanks to ‘swords and sandals’ film epics, and the inclusion of the Roman invasion in school curricula, the dress of the roman soldier has become as recognisable as that of a monk or a cavalier.
No one mentioned spirits of the dead. In other poltergeist cases the usual popular cultural explanation was witchcraft, while the puritanical and evangelical were quick to blame aggressive hauntings on obsession, in other words the external molestation of a person or persons by the Devil. The decision-making of the Independent minister Vavasor Powell (1617–1670) is a good case in point. 106 G H OS TS W I TH NO SOUL? In some hauntings ghosts appeared in inextricable association with equally apparitional inanimate objects, such as phantom coaches, ships and more recently cars.
It remains an enigmatic recurring motif. 26 T HE HAUNT ED I NV I S I BLE G H OS TS Many reported ghosts over the centuries were not visible; their presence and sometimes their identity were revealed through the stimulation of senses other than sight. 69 Sometimes this feeling heralds an apparition and other times it constitutes the entire haunting episode. The experience does not necessarily cause unease. 70 Considering the psychological and environmental basis for the sensation, it is likely that it is neither culturally nor historically exclusive.
Agents of Light and Darkness (Nightside, Book 2) by Simon R. Green