There is a public school that looks a little bit like Hogwarts and an ancient church, Saint Wystan's, with a crypt.
The Early Medieval period is famous for Dark Ages England, but the rest of the world still existed in the Dark Ages - and for some civilisations, it wasn't even the Dark Ages but a Golden Age.
The 20th of November could have been England's national day. Saint Edmund's Day would have brought out the bunting, street parties and feasting. But no. Edmund lost out. Twice.
It was beer that brought me to Burton-upon-Trent. My other half landed a good job here in 1996, with the brewing company, Bass. I followed a few months later, we bought a house and two years after that, our daughter was born. So Burton is a very special place to us.
I had never heard of Modwen before I moved to Burton-upon-Trent. I bet no one else has, either. But there some very bizarre stories about her abilities to bring people and animals back to life. And the swans...
Alfred is a very special English king.
Hastings was not simply the site of a battle. It was the place where the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms disintegrated alongside the nobles, the culture and the language. It was the end of Dark Age England.
Eclipses have been a source of fascination throughout history and this feeds into popular novels.
To write about the Dark Ages it was essential I carried out a lot of research into forests - they were the life blood for the Anglo-Saxon folks in England. It was no great hardship.
It was the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, something not lost on the ancient peoples.
Now and again I stop to marvel at the wonder of the written word. The greatest gift, possibly, is the ability to read, hence to learn. Then I look at the funny little shapes that are letters and the meanings we put to them. It is easy to see how ancient peoples thought that these squiggles were signs from a divine power. None more so than the Norse runes.
There is a small hamlet in the north east of England, in Northumberland. At first, it doesn't seem so special. It is by a fertile valley beneath the northern edge of the Cheviot hills and is dominated by an Iron Age fort. But is a very special place indeed. It is arguably one of the most important Anglo-Saxon sites in the country.
Crime in society has always existed, but peace has always been the objective, even in the Dark Ages.
It's funny how things pan out sometimes. Nothing can happen for ages and then it all comes at once. For example, there was a solar eclipse on 1 May 664. This was quickly followed by a plague and Deusdedit, the first Anglo-Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury, caught it and died.
You risk being knocked over if you say "cheese" in our house. Our cat will run at great speed from wherever she is to steal the dairy product. A real cheese monster. But there is another story about cheese that is much more disturbing.
The search for the Holy Grail ends here. For many, Glastonbury Tor - or the Isle of Avalon - is where King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table had their spiritual centre. The legend says that it was the gateway to the Otherworld.
"Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race ... The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets." (Alcuin, a Northumbrian scholar.)
June in England is supposed to be summer. And many English families take off to the beautiful countryside and coasts of Cornwall for their summer holiday. We all have great memories of Cornish holidays.
I don't know where I'd be without the Venerable Bede. He, along with The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, is one of the major resources for my Dark Age novels.
I have not yet visited East Anglia, that rotund bump on the east of England. I do want to. I have heard that it is very flat and as I prefer hilly and mountainous terrain, that puts me off a bit. But the draw is still there, because East Anglia - the kingdom of the East Angles - was home to one of the great seventh century Anglo-Saxon kings, Raedwald.