Eric W. Edwards: 23rd April 1944 – 13th July 2017


It is with great sadness that I announce that my father and author of this beautiful site passed away peacefully on 13th July 2017. A brilliant mind and exceptional father.

His site will remain here and I will also add on any further pieces for you all enjoy in time. Thank all you of who have enjoyed this site over years.

Owen P. Edwards




Filed under Historical Studies

17 responses to “Eric W. Edwards: 23rd April 1944 – 13th July 2017

  1. Marianne M.

    I am sorry for your loss.

    I’ve had many useful informations reading this site.

    My best …

  2. Phil Clegg

    I read the news of Eric’s death with a great sense of loss. I shared a house with Eric in the days when his garage was full of shoe boxes containing the ancient bones from an Anglo-Saxons graveyard and when I was likely to be woken up in the morning by a ferret and a polecat climbing through my bed!
    I hope the website is kept going. It is a great resource to anybody interested in the human sciences and cultural history. It is in fact a unique resource given Eric’s special combination of experience, insight and academic background.

  3. Thank you so much, Owen, for maintaining this site. After being a fan of Inspector Morse for (ahem) decades, I suddenly decided I could not go on living without knowing why the Radcliffe Camera is round. How grateful and satisfied I was to read your father’s account of the history of its development. What a reward for curiosity! Thank you.

  4. I’m so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. I discovered this website just recently and what a useful and interesting treasure trove it is. I wish I could tell your father how appreciative I am. Thank you for keeping the website online so that people can continue to learn from him.

  5. Kaya

    Dear Sir I am sorry to hear your father’s passing, Please accept our condolences. I was reading his work on Female Shaman and Medicine woman; I’ve founded very accurate and informative; I’m investigating Gok-Tengri (Sky-God) religion which is generalized as a shaman religion.
    May Gok-Tanri take your Father’s soul to heaven.

  6. Blessings to you and your family, my condolences. Blessings.

  7. Thank you, Owen, for keeping this site. I have only just come across your father’s work here and am finding his knowledge really useful. Please accept my condolences. His passing is a sad loss to all.

  8. Michael Russell

    Owen, I have just stumbled on this site and was first delighted, then saddened. I thought it might be a way to make contact with Eric, over forty years on. But too late. I wish so very much it wasn’t.

    I was at New College with your father, and we spent a lot of time together, most of it in theTurf Tavern. In some ways we were both an ill-fit with Oxford, though our backgrounds were very different. That time in the Turf was time squandered in some ways, not in others… I still remember conversations with Eric more clearly than conversations with my tutors. And I still remember the laughter; such a lot of laughter. As I went on to earn my living as a writer, all that meant far more than what I was supposed to be doing.

    Eric was a remarkable man even then. The determination that got him to Oxford is something I still think about with undiminished admiration.

    There is a lot more I can say, but in the last full, blazing hot summer I spent in Oxford, I was there when your father met your mother. In fact I was Eric’s best man when they were married in Headington… a long time ago…

    I think of the words of a Bob Dylan song…

    I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
    That we could sit simply in that room again
    Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
    I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that

    All my best wishes,Michael Russell

  9. Laura

    I’m quite sad and grateful that I have found this website, I was googling the term, “crone”. xoxo

  10. My deepest condolences. I love this site; your father was a talented and erudite man. God bless.

  11. sasivarnamchandramohan

    Dear Owen

    Great. Your father and his writings are inspiration to millions. Thanks

    Reverend Chandra Mohan
    Church of South India
    Chennai 600 073

  12. I’ve just discovered it; and wanted to say Thank You. xx

  13. Daniel

    oh no, sorry for your lost i was w3ondering why the youtube video stopped everyone is making comments wondering where is Edward everyone misses him dearly

  14. daniel sorry wrong person , still sorry for your lost pixies

  15. I just got to know this brilliant works of Eric Edwards. Thanks to keep it available!💐

  16. Dr. Geoffrey C. Olive

    I’ve just discovered this website about Eric Edwards by chance and remembered him as a friend. It was in the late 1960s when we both attended Norwood Technical College as mature students studying ’A’ levels to get us into university. If I remember correctly he was also a part time lab technician there as well as a student. He was known as Eric the Red!
    We lost touch when he went to Oxford (a big surprise!) and I went to King’s College, London University to study geology.
    I never knew that he became such a respected academic!
    I’m sad that we were never in contact again, but I am glad that he achieved so much in his lifetime.

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