Today we welcome Fifth-century warrior-king, Uther Pendragon, the hero of Uther's Destiny by Tim Walker, into the chair…
Q. What is your greatest ambition?
A: To protect our lands from invaders.
Q. What is your greatest fear?
A: In battle, I have no fear and live to crack Saxon skulls. In my hall, I know I must control my nobles and be wise to any treasonous ambition. It is the politics of court that make me wary, but I am a warrior who knows no fear.
Q. Does your sword have a name and if so, why so?
A. My blade was fashioned for me by my noble brother, Ambrosius Aurelianus, and is of finely forged metal with the runes engraved named it ‘Saxon Sting’. The kid-skin grip is broad to fit my hand and the crosspiece is of finest silver. I slash at my enemies and finish them off with the sting of the sharpened point of the blade.
Q. Tell me about where you live and what you like about it?
A. I have made my court at Venta Bulgarum, once a Roman town with high stone walls and well laid out for an army garrison town. The hall I hold court in had high walls with windows that capture the light in the afternoons, when I prefer to greet my nobles and guests. Behind my raised throne hangs a red dragon banner, it’s eye watching carefully, letting my visitors know that its power is behind me.
I live with my queen, Ygerne, in a villa built for the former Roman governor – its rooms are light and airy, with classical scenes on mosaic floors and woven murals of hunting scenes adorning the walls in bright colours chosen by the queen. We have a courtyard where we relax beside a pond on fish, with a gay, trickling fountain that we say carries the laughter of the water gods.
Q. And finally, who will succeed you when you pass?
A. [Uther brings his fist down hard on the table and glares with menace at the interviewer] It is treason to talk of the death of the king! It is widely known that our son died in infancy, and since that time the queen has borne me a daughter, sweet Anne. There is yet time for me to sire a son…
Tim Walker is an independent author based in Windsor, UK. Tim’s background is in marketing, journalism, editing and publications management. He began writing an historical series, A Light in the Dark Ages (set in the Fifth Century), in 2015, starting with a novella set at the time the Romans left Britain – Abandoned. This was followed in 2017 with a novel – Ambrosius: Last of the Romans, and the third instalment Uther’s Destiny, has just been released in March 2018. His creative writing journey began in July 2015 with the publication of a book of short stories, Thames Valley Tales. In 2016 his first novel, a futuristic/dystopian thriller, Devil Gate Dawn was exposed on the Amazon Scout programme prior to publication. Both titles were re-launched with revised content, new covers and in print-on-demand paperback format in December 2016. In January 2017 his first children’s book, The Adventures of Charly Holmes, co-written with his 12-year-old daughter, Cathy, was published. In September 2017 he published a second collection of short stories – Postcards from London. You can find Tim on Facebook, Twitter, his own website - and keep in touch by subscribing to his newsletter.