Sometimes, a while ago now, when I was living in London and working near the British Museum, I would go and sit in that marvellous space which encircles the old and famous reading room. It has a beautiful glass ceiling designed by Norman Foster and the light tips down in torrents. It is a nice place to go at any time and especially if you feel like a square peg in a round hole at your place of work. It is a ‘clean well-lighted place’ as Hemingway would say that for a short time at least puts existential worry to flight. I would sit there during my lunch hour watching the tourists and gazing in wonder at the school groups moving all around that space like shoals of fish. One day I wandered around the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic galleries and became entranced by the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. After that I was a regular visitor to those particular glass cases.
The Rune of Ing is set at the time of the Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity. King Raedwald of the East Angles (d. 625) who features in the book is the most likely candidate for the famous Mound 1 ship burial at Sutton Hoo. The paperback edition is now out of print. A Kindle edition will be available in the near future.