Glossary for 9th of 12 book
series – Some of the people, foods, places and things mentioned in this
glossary will be found in other books in the series. Some will not. Some
are merely mentioned in passing and have no important part in story,
however, I included all characters, including animals, into this glossary.
Some will go on to be important in future books, but since they aren’t
yet, they’ve been listed in the minor category column.
Angus McAllister –
Fiona’s Uncle – her father’s older brother – age 50, lives in Inveralba.
Light brown hair with gray, blue eyes. Lives in a croft and has lots of
Callum McAllister –
10 years old, brown eyes, dark brown hair, cousin to Fiona and Elspet
Elspet McAllister –
10 years old, reddish hair and blue eyes, cousin to Fiona and Callum,
McAllister – 11 years old, blonde hair, green eyes, lives in Inveralba
and is a descendant of King Kegan and King Dugan.
Mairi Anna Ferguson
McAllister – Fiona’s mum, makes honey from heather and bluebell and
thistle. Sells it in the shops to tourists and also sends it off to
Edinburgh and Glasgow. She also is a good cook and works part time at
McKenzie’s bakery in town. Age 35, brown hair and fern green eyes
Drayton Steele –
Descendant of King Dugan and Princess Isabella and owner of the necklace
stolen from King Kegan – Age 19. Son of Shardow Steele and Penelope
Jack Thomson/ Artur -
Pearl – Pretending to be a brother of Johnny. He is actually Artur,
one of King Kegan’s 12 men and hid the 3rd jewel, the pearl, in
Seychelles. He is from Arabia with dark hair and eyes, about 32 years old.
Jacob Thomson/Gamlas –
Opal – One of the 12 men who hid the 8th stone, opal, in Nepal. From
Burill in Arabia, with Arab features – olive skin, dark eyes and hair. He
is 26 years old.
– Amber – One of the 12 men, who hid the 7th stone, amber, in Mexico. From
Burill in Arabia, with long dark brown hair that he wears in a pony tail,
brown eyes. He is 28 years old.
– Ruby – One of the 12 men, who hid the 6th stone, the ruby, in Jordan.
From Burill in Arabia, with African heritage, so he has short, curly black
hair, brown eyes, and dark brown skin. He is 31 years old.
– Sapphire- One of the 12 men, who hid the 9th stone, the sapphire, in La
Mancha, Spain. Blue eyes, Germanic and Frank heritage. 30 years old.
Jeffrey Thomson/ Kitar
- Emerald – One of the 12 men, who hid the 4th stone, the emerald, in
Yukon. From Burill in Arabia, but with Germanic descent, so has blond hair
and blue eyes. His mother was Arabic, but his father was of Germanic blood
and he came to Burill to live. He is 39, the oldest of the 12 men.
Jesse Thomson/ Pond
- Spinel - One of the 12 men, who hid the 2nd jewel, spinel in Iceland.
From Burill in Arabia so he has dark hair and brown eyes. His is 27 years
– Black Obsidian -Pretending to be the brother of Johnny. Is actually
Cowan, one of King Kegan’s 12 most trusted me and he hid the 1st jewel in
Hydra, Greece. He is from Arabia – so he has dark hair and eyes.
Johnny Thomson/ Alroy
Cathmore - Posing as a tourist from London, come to Inveralba to fish and
hunt – Age 37 – He has light brown hair and brown eyes – his ancestry is
Persian. King Kegan’s scribe and author of the book the children found.
Julian Thomson/ Edwi
– Topaz – Hid the jewel in Tasmania, one of the 12 men who hid the 5th
stone, Topaz– has black hair and dark brown eyes and is 28 years old
Princess Anna -
Daughter of King Kegan and Queen Sarmantha, wife of Robert of Ferguson in
Scotland and mother of Jorbi. Also ancestor of Fiona and Mairi. 14 at time
of capture by King Dugan. 15 when she gave birth to Jorbi.
Cervantes - Miguel
de Cervantes Saavedra (September 29, 1547 – April 22, 1616), was a Spanish
novelist, poet and playwright. He is best known for his novel Don Quixote
de la Mancha, which is considered by many to be the first modern novel,
one of the greatest works in Western literature, and the greatest of the
Spanish language. It is one of the Encyclopedia Britannica's "Great Books
of the Western World" and the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky called it
"the ultimate and most sublime word of human thinking". Israeli Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion learned the Spanish language so that he could
read it in the original, considering it a prerequisite to becoming an
effective statesman. Cervantes was born at Alcála de Henares, Spain, on a
day not recorded, but since he was named Miguel it is guessed he was born
on the feast day of St. Michael (Sept 29) in 1547. He was the second son
and fourth of seven children of Rodrigo de Cervantes and Leonor de
Cortinas. His father was an impoverished apothecary-surgeon and came from
an old family of Northern Spain. He died in Madrid on April 23, 1616.
Crawford – Fiona’s great aunt on her father’s side, age 72, sister to
Catriona and Penelope, oldest of the 3 sisters. Aunt of Drayton Steele
Duncan Donaldson –
Man who lives in croft outside of Inveralba. He runs the river rafting
business on the River Alba.
King Dugan -
Descendant of King Bartolf, evil king, who lived in Zanaad, North Africa.
Father of Ithgar and Jorbi (birth father).
Dulcinea – Owns an
inn in Consuegra, Spain. A descendant of Don Quixote and Dulcinea and a
good friend to Fiona, Callum and Elspet.
Dr. Gillespie – A
doctor who lives in Inverdrochit that takes care of Jesse after his near
death by drowning in River Alba.
Talon Hormdin – King
Dugan’s scribe, wrote book which Drayton has in possession.
Dr. Innes – The
doctor who lives in Inverabla, who cares for Drayton when he is injured.
King Kegan -
Descendant of King Rolfin – good king, he lived in Burill on the Arabian
Peninsula and left, taking his family to Scotland and built Castle Athdara.
Father of Isabella, Anna, Cerdic, Gelis, Rayad and Gilian. Married to
Queen Sarmantha. Died at age 43. Son of King Abbasan and his wife, Queen
Lephimah – Wizard, Son of Zerahemna,
lives in Xilia and is now caretaker of Cloudwaltzer, the black dragon.
Malcolm McAllister –
Callum’s father – is a gillie. When people come to the highlands to shoot
grouse, partridge, or hunt a deer, or want to go fishing, he takes them
and shows them where the best places are. He has a few hounds that he uses
to scare out the grouse. He often brings home fish he’s caught in the loch
and streams for his family and also venison. Age 38, brown hair, brown
Wizard Phelan - King
Dugan’s evil wizard, wizard of Xilia
Don Quixote - Don
Quixote de la Mancha is a novel by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes
Saavedra. Published in 1605, it is one of the earliest written novels in a
modern European language and is considered by some to be the finest book
in the Spanish language. . Don Quixote is almost universally accepted
to be the emblematic work of Spanish literature. The adjective "quixotic",
at present meaning "idealistic and impractical", derives from the
protagonist's name, and the expressions "tilting at windmills" and
"fighting windmills" come from this story. There are many adaptations of
the book, mostly designed to modernize and shorten the text. One such
adaptation is authored by Agustín Sánchez and runs to only 150 pages.
King Rolfin - Owner
of the original orb – good king, brother of Bartolf. Lived originally in
Hadrumetum, near Carthage, but fled and moved to Burill on the eastern
edge of the Arabian Peninsula(Yemen)
Queen Sarmantha –
Wife of King Kegan, mother of Princess Anna, Princess Isabella, Prince
Cerdic, Princess Gelis, Prince Rayad and Princess Gilian. Comes from
Viking stock, born in Norway. Her father, King Aluric, did trading with
Kegan’s father, Abbasan, and when Kegan and she met, they fell in love.
She had fair hair, violet eyes, and was 35 when she died. Her mother was
Steele – Drayton’s mother and wife of Shardow Steele, who is now dead,
age 51. Youngest of the 3 sisters, Nellie McAllister Crawford and Catriona
Shardow Steele –
Drayton’s father – dead
River Alba - Flows
through village of Inveralba into Loch Doon (where does it start and end)
Amarguillo River – A
river that flows near Consuegra, Spain
Castle Athdara -
Built by King Kegan on the shores of Loch Doon near today’s Inveralba
Burill – name of
King Rolfin’s kingdom in the Arabian peninsula after he moved from
Consuegra, Spain – A
town in La Mancha Spain
Inveralba -Village where Fiona and her
family and friends live in the highlands of Scotland
Inverdrochit - Mairi
was born here, a village on the opposite side of Loch Doon
La Mancha, Spain –
An area in spaing made famous by Don Quixote
Loch Doon - a loch (lake) near
Man of La Mancha Inn
– The inn owned by Dulcinea in Consuegra, Spain
Saffron Inn –
Drayton Steele stays here during his time in Consuegra, Spain
Sancho Belly – One
of the Consuegra Windmills
The Target – One of
the Consuegra Windmills
Toledo, Spain -
Toledo is a city and municipality located in central Spain, the capital of
the province of Toledo and of the autonomous community of Castile-La
Mancha. Toledo was originally a Roman Empire outpost under the name
Toletum. It later served as the capital city of Visigothic Spain,
beginning with Liuvigild (Leovigild), and was the capital until the Moors
conquered Iberia in the 8th century. Under the Caliphate of Cordoba,
Toledo enjoyed a golden age. This extensive period is known as La
Convivencia, i.e. the Co-existence (of Jews, Christians, and Muslims]].
Under Arab rule, Toledo was called Tulaytulah. On May 25, 1085 Alfonso VI
of Castile took Toledo and established direct personal control over the
Moorish city from which he had been exacting tribute. This was the first
concrete step taken by the combined kingdom of Leon-Castile in the
Reconquista by Christian forces. Toledo was famed for its production of
steel and especially of swords and the city is still a center for the
manufacture of knives and other steel implements. When Philip II moved the
royal court from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, the old city went into a slow
decline from which it never recovered.
Truro, Cornwall, England
- The bustling cathedral city of Truro is a city for all seasons and for
all interests. From the flowing rivers to the picturesque Georgian
streets, the 18th and 19th century town houses and the magnificent
Victorian Cathedral that dominates the city there is something for
everyone. Truro derives its name from the Cornish Tri-veru, meaning three
rivers, and developed as a tin port between the Truro River and the rivers
Kenwyn and Allen. There has been a town here since the 12th century when
Richard Lucy, Chief Justice of England in the reign of Henry II, built a
castle at the top of what is now Castle Street. Remains of the castle were
found during excavations for the cattle market that was held there until
recent years. It is now the site of the Courts of Justice, the County
Courts for Cornwall. By the 14th century Truro was an important inland
port and one of the five stannary towns in Cornwall. Copper and tin were
assayed and stamped here twice a year and then shipped from the port. The
Black Death arrived in the late 14th century and with death and a mass
exodus the town was neglected. In both the 17th and 18th centuries Truro
was quite industrialized with tin smelting, an iron foundry, pottery, a
tannery and carpet and wool making. The rivers were essential to all this
industry and it would have been a busy place. It was in the 18th and 19th
centuries that Truro flourished. Tin prices increased and wealthy mine
owners built elegant town houses. Truro was called the London of Cornwall
and the Assembly Rooms on High Cross, with a theatre as well, were the
centre of this high society. Queen Victoria granted Truro city status in
1877, three years before the laying of the cathedral's foundation stones.
The cathedral was built on the site of the 16th century parish church.
The Turk – one of
the Consuegra Windmills
The Vixen – One of
the Consuegra Windmills
Xilia - Kingdom
where the wizards come from. The rivers look like gold when the sun
shines because they are filled with tiny bubbles of air. The leaves are
perfect shaped and no insects eat them. The flowers are brilliant and the
birds sing perfect melodies. All animals live with the wizards in peace
and harmony and it is a land of fruit and honey on every table.
Bizcocha manchego -
cake soaked in milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon
El Moje Manchego –
The cold broth with black olives consists of potatoes sautéed with garlic,
paprika, tomato and bay leaf, to which by way of compassion a poached egg
La Mancha Pasta – A
dish made with pasta, olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, cilantro, lemon juice,
parmesan and cracked pepper
Manchego Cheese –
Manchego cheese is the most important and well-known sheep’s milk cheese
in Spain. The shape of this cheese is very characteristic and defined, due
to the traditional use of esparto grass molds which imprints a zigzag
pattern along the side of the cheese. The small wooden boards used for
pressing the cheese also imprints the typical wheat ear pattern on the top
and bottom. This rustic molds are used outside of La Mancha as well. Thus,
there are other Spanish sheep's milk cheese with similar shape and
markings, known commonly as "Manchego style" cheese.
The true Manchego cheese,
however, is made only from whole milk of the Manchega sheep raised in the
"La Mancha" region. This region is a vast high plateau, more than 600
meters above sea level, which extends from east to west and north to
south, adjoining the provinces of Toledo, Cuenca, Ciudad Real and Albacete,
all in the Castile-La Mancha Autonomous Region southeast of Madrid.
Manchego cheese has a long historic and literary tradition, as it was
mentioned by Cervantes in the legendary "Don Quixote of La Mancha". Today,
there are two types of Manchego cheese: the farmhouse type, made with
unpasteurized sheep's milk and the industrial type, made with pasteurized
milk. In both cases, however, milk from Manchega sheep is the only type
used and the cheese is produced in clearly defined homogenous surroundings
of wheat fields, fallow land and brush fields. The climate is extreme
continental with cold winters and hot summers.
Manteles – A dish made with turkey or chicken, Lard, Ancho chiles,
Pasilla chiles, Serrano chiles, Almonds, White sesame seeds, Chorizos,
Onion, Tomatoes, Cinnamon, chicken stock, Sugar, Cider vinegar, Salt,
Pineapple chunks, apples, banana.
Mantecados – As for
sweets these oily buns and fried biscuits dipped in honey are plentiful.
Paella - Paella is a
rice dish, originally from Valencia, where it is eaten especially on
Sundays and during the Falles. There are many variations of it with
different ingredients. The name paella is the word for "frying pan" in
Valencian (from Latin paella). However, the dish has become so popular in
Spanish that the word paellera is now usually used for the pan and paella
almost exclusively for the dish. Paella is usually garnished with
vegetables and with meat or seafood. The three main ingredients are rice,
saffron, and olive oil.
Manchego sheep –
sheep indigenous to La Mancha, Spain
Saffron crocus – The
spice saffron is made from the stamen of this flower.
Odds and Ends
Celebration of the Rose
of the Saffron – Annual festival held in Consuegra Spain to celebrate
the saffron harvest
Flamenco dancers –
Flamenco is a song, music and dance style which is strongly influenced by
the Gitanos, but which has its deeper roots in Moorish and Jewish musical
traditions. Flamenco culture originated in Andalusia (Spain), but has
since become one of the icons of Spanish music and even Spanish culture in
Marionettes - Gomez
and Angelina (Like Punch and Judy)