At the age of seven Geoff asked his mother about King Richard the Lion Heart. Her response was to give him a history textbook she was reading on the subject and tell him to find out for himself! From then on Geoff has been addicted to English history.
After leaving school, where the history topics had been dictated by his need to pass exams, Geoff concentrated his efforts on the 17th century, with especial interest in the Civil War and Cromwell's Protectorate. However, in the mid '90's, he changed direction and began studying Anglo-Saxon history. Geoff regularly acts as a guest lecturer at Waikato University covering English history topics from the coming of the English to the restoration. In addition Geoff is often asked to give talks to special interest groups and often appears as a storyteller at mediaeval banquets.
Geoff spent most of his early career in telecommunications before joining the University of Waikato. At the University he ran an experimental ‘virtual’ unit providing Masters level education in technology management and innovation. Since leaving the University he has been working on various technology related contracts.
In addition to having four novels published, Geoff has had published a string of papers on immediate pre and post Conquest England. For many years he had a regular column in Kiwi Rider motorcycle magazine and later completed a contract for a NZ syndicated column on technology forecasting.
The CD-ROM, '1066 & the Norman Conquest', came about as the result of Geoff's historical novel, 'Woden's Wolf'. The novel tells the tale of one man's involvement in the English resistance to the Norman Conquest (an Ebook version is included on the CD-ROM). Buyers of the book keep contacting him for background information. The easiest way to provide this information was to post on the World Wide Web modified versions of some of the academic papers Geoff had written on the topic. As the Web site grew, so did requests from history teachers and students for a professionally produced CD-ROM that contained not just the Web papers but additional material, including video and sound clips. The resulting CD-ROM was produced in co-operation with the Waikato Polytechnic who generously provided the services of two of their top multi-media students.
Ða Engliscan Gesiðas
Ða Engliscan Gesiðas is an historical and cultural society exclusively devoted to Anglo-Saxon history. Its aims are to bridge the gaps between scholars and non-experts, and to bring together all those with an interest in the Anglo-Saxon period, its language, culture and traditions.
Membership Secretary, Ða Engliscan Gesiðas, BM Box 4336, London, WC1N 3XX, ENGLAND
Regia Anglorum is a re-enactment society that accurately depicts the life of the peoples of Britain prior to, during and immediately after the Norman Conquest. Their work has a strong educational slant and they consider accuracy to be of prime importance. Regia Anglorum has a large Living History Exhibition, own a small fleet of replica boats, though it is often best remembered for its battle re-enactments.
KJ Siddorn, 9 Durleigh Close, Headley Park, Bristol, BS13 7NQ, ENGLAND
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is a recreated period village built on the site of an original village that has been excavated.. West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village also has a well designed visitors centre with many exhibits. Special provision is made for school parties. Teachers' resource packs are available and craft course can be organised.
The Visitors' Centre, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HG, ENGLAND
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