Just to let everybody who’s interested know, I now have the date for my operation: 7 March 2014. This means that in less than two weeks I’ll probably be out of circulation for a while, except for sporadic visits, as I don’t know what effect the op will have: will I be fighting fit after it, or will I be bedridden? I simply don’t know, but I’m hoping for the former.

In the meantime, I’ve now started on the ‘rule’ of Odovacar and have decided to finish with his death, so the book will include the end of the ‘Kingdom of Soissons’ as well as the ‘Fall of the West’. The book was originally due in to the publishers at the end of March, so I have some time left before even the original due date. Having said that, I’m hoping that it will be finished before the start of the school summer holidays in mid-July. Otherwise, the holidays might not be good!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their positive comments and best wishes. I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have taken time out to either post messages or send me personal emails. Thank you all very much.