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Edward Elgar and Alfred Watkins

13 Dec

Most people have heard of Edward Elgar, the famous English composer who became a national institution because of orchestral works such as the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches. Perhaps less well known is Alfred Watkins, a businessman, self-taught amateur archaeologist and antiquarian who is most famous for coining the term ley lines to describe the apparent arrangement of straight lines positioned along ancient features on the British landscape. What hardly anyone is aware of is the strange link that the two men share, which was fictionalised in Phil Rickman’s novel The Remains of an Altar.

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