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October 8, 2022

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I am reminded of some popular TV dramas I’ve been watching lately. I’m thinking of Game Of Thrones and Cersei, the wannabe queen, whose desire to have things her way has her forming Faustian allegiances – it’s a series where ambition, lies and money rule – although there’s a lot of sex in GoT and (I’m hoping) none in Council.

Then there’s The Walking Dead, where dangerous non-thinking, braindead creatures have overrun the place and civilisation has broken down.

Finally I realised that of course it was Vikings that probably fits best – treacherous, marauding vandals invade and then destroy, pillage and plunder beautiful places inhabited by peaceful peoples.

Cate Coorey, Byron Bay

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  1. Indeed – “faustian” is an apt description of the alliance switch from the good Councilor. The “Vikings” reference needs some debate as the Kingdoms invaded by the Vikings- Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, ruled by the previously invading Saxons who slaughtered and took the land from the Britons- i.e. King Arthur and the Celts/Welsh – were far from peaceful , with continuing blood feuds for power and massacres of the Celts. I believe the Arakwal People could attest to a similar far from peaceful invasion by these same Anglo Saxons. i.e. us.

    • Thanks Peter. My letter was only a cursory nod to history, much like the TV drama, but I enjoyed your history tutorial. I actually did Medieval History at uni but it was a while ago – we started with the decline of Rome and the ‘Dark’ ages. Lots of ravening hordes. You are definitely right about the Arakwal as the invaded peoples — and still the theft continues.


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