Posted 2006-04-02 23:37 (#36339 - in reply to #36331) Subject: RE: Litalan legend
Orbit and Velnias
Below is a readers review of Bernard S. Bachrach, 'A History of the Alans in the West'
There is mention of Alan place names and whilst they may not help with your immediate issue will be of interest if you can get hold of a copy of the book.
The author tackles a very complex subject and performs well. July 20, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
The author leads his reader slowly and methodically through the twists and turns of Roman, French and English history, dealing with conflicting and biased sources in a balanced manner. His descriptions of the decisive battles against Attila the Hun in France ( or Gaul ) in 451AD and against King Harold of England at Hastings in 1066AD are particularly well done. The stage is carefully set, and the action explained in dramatic detail. In contrast, some of his meticulosly documented tracing of Alan place names and family names throughout Western Europe would put an insomniac to sleep. No one would confuse this with a novel, but it gets a difficult job done in a scholarly way. This book will serve as an excellent reference for the serious student of Ancient European history and culture, and for writers of Adventure/Fiction looking for authentic Action Super-Heros. Roland ( who served Charlemagne ) and Alan Fergant ( who fought against and then with William the Conqueror )! are two of my favorites.