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The Irminsul, a historic pillar sacred to the Continental Saxon peoples, presents a dilemma for a historical novelist. We know only one other thing about it: Charlemagne ordered its destruction in 772.

Was it made of wood or stone, or was it a tree? Where was it?

See Jester Harley’s Manuscript Page for how I approached this monument in The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar.

An 1880 mural of the Irminsul’s destruction by Hermann Wislicenus

An 1880 mural of the Irminsul’s destruction by Hermann Wislicenus (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons)

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