White Island on the Ocean (cont.)
Seven Landscape Mysteries of Bronze Age Britain, A Unified Theory
By William Glyn-Jones
Getting it Out There
I had by now become fired up with a desire to share this discovery. I felt it was too magnificent to be appreciated just by myself, so I sent off a few synopses and sample sections. The boss of a small Wessex-based publisher seemed interested, and she invited me down to her cottage for a chat. Excited, I set off, but within twenty minutes of our chat in her living room it had become clear that she wanted me to come up with the money to finance the first print run. Vanity publishing. Poo! She knew John Michel, but I knew he'd already seen the theory, albeit in an earlier form.
A Glastonbury-based publisher well-known in Earth Mysteries circles was also interested, but, they said, unfortunately alignment-based mysteries weren't selling well since Devereux's about face. But then a reply came in from Chris Street, author of the Earthstars books about the Sacred Geometry of London. John Michel wrote the forward for Chris's book, and now Chris was keen to write the forward for mine - there was at least a kind of lineage.
"Yes, please, go ahead," I replied. His critique could not have been more enthusiastic: "…astonishing and undisputable….The geometric evidence on the landscape is irrefutable as are the Egyptian connections. The implications may seem unbelievable but the evidence presented appears very well researched and honest." He did however include the words "despite the terrible pun", referring to my title, Angleland. Hmm…maybe he had a point.
I got back in touch with the Glastonbury-based publisher to tell them about this new development. "We love Christ Street's work," they said. "OK, next time we see John Michel we'll show your book to him and see what he says. If he likes it we'll publish."
But of course, as I noted above, I already knew Michel's position on this, and certainly I didn't hear any more.
Next up was a smaller publisher based near Burrowbridge Mump. They were intrigued by my synopsis. No, they weren't in a position to publish at that time, but could I please send the rest of the book anyway because they were personally very interested. Ruddy cheek!
Next it occurred to me I really ought to send the theory to someone intimately involved with the Egyptian Orion Mystery, as this after all was the at core of my discovery. I sent the theory to Mr O.C.T. (Orion Correlation Theory), Robert Bauval, who at that time lived just a few miles from Marlow, in Beaconsfield. He had the graciousness to phone my home personally. I didn't gather how much of it he had found time to read, and he was busy downloading photos for the book he had on the go at the time while he spoke to me (Talisman, I think it must have been), but he did have an offer for me: "I'm a good friend of John Michel; I'll show it to him if you like."
I muttered some kind of reply, and my gratitude was genuine, but of course, unbeknownst to Robert, this kind of got me back to square one, so I didn't prompt him to follow up that generous offer. John Michel must be a sociable and popular fellow, I reasoned, to be friends with pretty much everyone I had so far contacted.
Then came another shining knight, in the form of John Billingsley, editor of the archaeological journal Northern Earth. Like me, he thought the debunking of the St Michael's Line went too far, and he was interested in this new take on it that gives it fresh life, and he also felt a particular connection to the Dorchester-on-Thames site. At last I got a summary of the scheme published in his journal - a short, condensed article with the Long Man as the theme of the title, that never the less outlined most of the key points. A weight lifted off my shoulders, but I still wanted to go much further with this, to reach a wider audience, get a book published…even one day a TV documentary or DVD….
When an opportunity arose to bring to a wider audience an article focused solely on the Egyptian version of the scheme, the Balance of Lands, here on the Graham Hancock website Forum it was definitely another step in the right direction, especially as Bauval's friend Adriano Forgioni then wanted to publish an Italian translation of it in his widely read magazine HERA. And the piece you are reading is the next step along this path!