1810 England, the height of the Napoleonic wars. It was thought that humans walked the path of enlightenment leaving monsters and dark things behind. However, those monsters and night stalkers merely hide in the darkness, as a young maid, Bernadette, soon finds out.
When I started writing Anathema many years ago, I knew that the Duke of Wellington would be Bernadette's employer. I also knew that the Duke of Wellington was the leader of the English forces in the defeat of Napoleon. How did I know this? I never learned it and I never thought twice about the certainty I had in that knowledge. Did I guess? Was it a coincidence? Was it something more? I don't know and the thought bothers me for an unknown reason.