The Windsmith Elegy features a wide cast of characters, some real, some imaginary, in the spirit of Walter Savage Landor's 'Imaginary Conversations'.
The novels they appear in are listed in abbreviations:
The Long Woman (TLW); Windsmith (WS); The Well Under the Sea (WuS); The Burning Path (TBP); The Wounded Kingdom (TWK).
NB this list is still being developed, please be patient - more information to come on the main historical characters...
Isambard Kerne (TLW; WS; WuS; TBP; TWK): Edwardian antiquarian, observer of the Royal Flying Corps, accidental adventurer, windsmith.Born 1869 of Irish and Welsh ancestry. Missing in action at the Battle of Mons, August 1914.
Maud Kerne (TLW; TWK): wife of Isambard, a windsmith in her own right.
Archie Kerne (TLW): Isambard's brother, Boer War veteran & would-be suitor of Maud.
Martha Kerne (TLW): Isambard’s Welsh mother.
Patrick 'Paddy' Kerne (WS): Isambard’s father.Navvy on the GWR.
Harry Mallard a.k.a. Mad Duck/Madoc, Speaks-with-Thunder, Taranis (TLW; WS: WuS; TBP; TWK) Kerne's pilot, enemy and eventually, constant companion in the form of his white shadow
Alfred Watkins (TLW): early 20th Century ley pioneer, author of The Old Straight Track.
Dion Fortune (TLW): early 20th Century mystic and author on many occult books of fiction and non-fiction.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (TLW): author of the Sherlock Holmes series & The Coming of the Fairies.
AE/George Russel (TLW): Irish mystic, author of 'The Candle of Vision and others.
Amelia Earhart (WuS; TBP; TWK): American 30s aviatrix, record-breaking 'queen of the skies'; Kerne's 'angel' & companion.Subject of a major new movie by Mira Nair - Amelia - find out more here
Freddie Noonan (WuS): Amelia's navigator on her last flight.
Antoine de St-Exupery (TBP): French aviator and author of The Little Prince; Wind, Sand and Stars; Southern Mail & Night Flight.
Leo Africanus (TBP): famous traveller
Tin Hinan (TBP): legendary queen of the Tuareg
Arthur Pendragon(WuS; TWK): semi-legendary Dark Age King of Britain, destined to return in the time of Britain's greatest need.
Merlin, aka Myrddin(WS; WuS; TBP; TWK): Isambard’s unpredictable bird-ally, the great wizard of legend, turned into the eponymous falcon by ‘a woman’
Morgen(WuS; TWK): Queen of Ashalante, Arthur's half-sister.
Barinthus(WuS; TWK): a legendary boatman said to have taken Arthur to Avalon, 'he who knows the secrets of the seas and stars'.
Taliesin(WuS; TWK): legendary bard of Arthur's.Also, 6th Century Welsh bard.
Aveldra, aka 'Whirlwind' (WuS; TWK): the former priestess of the Spiral who enchanted Merlin and trapped him in his esplumoir. Exiled from the Nine, she is bent on revenge...
Agents of Discord(WS; WuS; TBP; TWK): the sinister forces of chaos set on the destruction of Shadow World and dominion of Earth.