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Bryn Hammond

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Born
in Chavey Down, The United Kingdom
May 23, 1964

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I live in Australia. Ex-British.

Always a writer, but it’s with Amgalant I settled down. Before that, I spent years over a creative translation of Beowulf, and on unfinished sf/f novels with an inclination to New Weird – often a historical setting with extraterrestrials. Now it’s simply Mongols. An encounter with the Alexiad in my teens captured my imagination on behalf of steppe peoples, and afterwards I saw Gibbon’s Decline and Fall from a barbarian perspective.

I’m interested in the convergences and intersections of history and imaginative work. I’ve understood the past through its written arts; and I think it’s possible to write decent history as art, too.

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Bryn Hammond Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

I am a serious name…more
Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

I am a serious name fan. Names are such a thing with me I flick through novels to see whether the author & I have similar ideas on what's a great name, and if we don't... I figure I mightn't like the novel either.

Temujin, Jamuqa. Toqtoa, Tarqutai. Khabul, Daritai. Ambaghai, Bultachu. There was almost no name that turned up in his story, which I didn't have a strong urge to seize upon and use. Yes, this was a significant factor in my choice of story.

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Bryn Hammond This was a rare instance of me going with an in-story quote and not an epigraph from an external work.

It’s drawn directly from a passage in Jamuqa’s…more
This was a rare instance of me going with an in-story quote and not an epigraph from an external work.

It’s drawn directly from a passage in Jamuqa’s point-of-view, on page 188 of your paperback. He’s talking about Jurchedei and Guyildar but it suits Tchingis’ enlistment of the Tartars too – rough folk, debased by contacts with China, despised on the steppe.


The Uru’ud and Mangqot chiefs were like Jamuqa: not easy believers, austerely slow to trust, and they knew most originals were trouble. But if they found an original with his feet on the ground, who demonstrated his trust in them – nor just in their hearts of gold but in their ugly hides – that almost never happened. Because they almost never had a chance they might go on his quest as far as your Bo’orchus or further. Your Bo’orchus didn’t know what dedication to one man was, who’d have been happy with a dozen others. Tchingis belonged to the cynics. But that was Jamuqa’s perspective.


He’s started to see this as a unique thing about Tchingis, as he observes him in Tartary, and, being Jamuqa, nothing’s more important than that he can genuinely include (not simply convert) people whom other idealists are probably afraid of. It’s a thing about Tchingis that together he and I struggled to put into words. When I’d finished with that passage I thought, I haven’t quite captured your logic, Jamuqa, but I know you have a thought that matters. It seemed like a theme-quote for the Tartary chapter. Tchingis has proved he can convince the least likely, and they feel about him this way. Or Jamuqa thinks so.

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travelling, talking 1This short entry is to link to a most observant discussion of my historical fiction project by John Caviglia: a post on the blog of Rounded Globe, who have just published my ‘Voices’ essay.


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Bryn Hammond Me too you. Right back. :)


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Bryn Hammond Steve wrote: "...have you ever heard of this?

No... not until your blog. I'll go read about it there.


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Steve Evans Hey Bryn hope all is well in your world...have you ever heard of this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env... aka the voynich document? What do you think?


Arkadagy Saparshy Thanks for Great Steppe's list :)


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