York Minster) and presents Catholic characters, like van Rijn and Axor, sympathetically. SM Stirling presents authentic British characters, like Sir Nigel Loring, and settings, like Newport Pagnell, and understands every religion that he writes about.
Further, Stirling acknowledges his sources. Thus, let us on this blog also thank:
Steve Brady for assistance with dialects and British background;
Kier Salmon for help with the Old Religion;
Diana L. Paxson for information on Asatru;
Dale Price for help with Catholic organization, theology and praxis.
Stirling also acknowledges other sources but here I focus specifically on the British and religious backgrounds.
SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2011), Acknowledgments.