Angela Thirkell and Mixolydians

Roger Burton West roger at
Sat Aug 28 18:53:19 EDT 2004

On Sat, Aug 28, 2004 at 11:42:11PM +0100, minnow at wrote:

>Because I haven't read the Mageworlds books I have no idea whether Debra
>Doyle and James MacDonald were indulging in obscure(ish) reference to
>Thirkell, or just meant the fourth of the 'authentic' ecclesiastical modes.
>Maybe Roger has ideas about this?

I think the latter is more likely, considering that Earth isn't
mentioned at all as far as I remember. I could ask them, if there's

>So that she wouldn't risk
>offending anyone from any real country, Angela Thirkell invented it and the
>neighbouring country, Slavolydia, to be the places from which all the
>refugees in England during and just after WWII came.

I rather favour "Malenkoslovakia" for the times one needs an Eastern
European country.

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