A Speculative Interpretation of a Mediaeval Mystery "The Green Children of Woolpit"
(With illustrations including sixteen original drawings and paintings by Sydney Jordan)
In the late 12th century, two very strange children came out of an ancient earthwork at the village of Woolpit in East Anglia. The incident is recorded, from different viewpoints, by two chroniclers both regarded as reliable. The children wore clothing of a colour and material never seen before, spoke a language nobody recognised, and were coloured green all over. Later, when they had learned ‘our manner of speaking’, and lost their green colour, they gave an account of their homeland which definitely was no place on Earth.
Most historians since have regarded the incident as a fairy story, but in the 17th century Robert Burton included it in the astronomy section of The Anatomy of Melancholy, suggesting that the children came from another world. Could it be true? After years of research, Duncan Lunan tackles the question under three headings.
Part 1 – History and Mystery. Locates the places named in the green children story and traces the people, who turn out to be real, though mysterious, and very highly connected. The incident at Woolpit was one of a series of events at linked sites and seems to have been anticipated by the authorities of the time.
Part 2 – Enter the Green Children. Establishes the likely arrival date of the green children, and the likely identity of the green girl, who survived into adult life. Duncan Lunan traces her story to the likely date of her death, and her descendants to the present day, while exploring the continuing series of events relating to her ‘arrival’, including some strange things happening in the sky at the same time.
Part 3 – Speculation. Duncan Lunan advances an imaginative scenario to account for the green children and the related events. The main scenario suggests that in mediaeval times there might have been mass abductions from Earth, by extraterrestrials, for experimental purposes, with the knowledge if not the agreement of the authorities – if it was true, as Lunan suggests, “The X-Files are set in the wrong century.”
Title of Book: Children from the Sky
Author: Duncan Lunan
Publisher: Mutus Liber
Proposed date: May 2012 - Pre-Order from Amazon
Company Director "Astronomers of the Future Ltd"
Project Manager "Friends of Sighthhill Stone Circle"
Sydney Jordan was born in Dundee and in 1954 created 'Jeff Hawke',
the world's longest-running science fiction strip cartoon,
for The Daily Express and Scottish Daily News, followed by
'Lance McLane' for The Daily Record; both were syndicated in Europe and two collections of Jeff Hawke stories have been published
by Titan Books. He frequently illustrated articles in The Daily Express and his work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines
including New Worlds, Starburst and New Scientist.
He has illustrated articles and stories by Duncan Lunan in
World Magazine, The Journal of Practical Applications in Space, Asgard, Nuclear Free Scotland and Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, and created the cover painting for "Starfield: science fiction by Scottish writers", edited by Duncan Lunan for Orkney Press. In recent years he has worked in advertising and the film industry and his credits include some of the story-boards for Independence Day.
‘Jeff Hawke’ has been available in book form in Europe for many years, and there is now a Jeff Hawke Club reprinting the stories in magazine and book form in the UK, for which Duncan Lunan writes the accompanying ‘Hawke’s Notes’ and a regular astronomy and space column, ‘The Sky Above You’.