My name is Dennis Price and I’m a Welshman who currently lives in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. I had a classical education at Monmouth in the 1970s and I had intended to study Egyptology afterwards, but as John Lennon remarked, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”
I’ve had a varied career primarily as a writer and as a performer, some of which I’ve described in my autobiographical A Tale of Sound & Fury. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I spent five years touring the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia on a mediaeval jousting tournament, while I’ve sung in rock bands and travelled extensively within the UK when I appeared as an actor in productions such as The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller, where I appeared intoning a black mass in mediaeval Latin alongside the late Christopher Reeve and The Crystal Maze, where I appeared as Lance, the Guard of the King’s Seal during the fifth series, and as the Aztec High Priest in series six.
From January 2000, I actively resumed my former interest in ‘ancient times’ by spending four years working for Wessex Archaeology on field excavations and as one of two people in the Media & Communications department, producing the quality magazine Insite and working with the international media to present archaeological discoveries to a global audience. After leaving Wessex Archaeology, I wrote extensively about monuments such as Stonehenge and Silbury Hill on my Eternal Idol site, which is temporarily offline.
I am also honoured to be a member of ICOMOS, with a particular interest in intangible cultural heritage.
My written investigations resulted in an enormous amount of favourable publicity in the worldwide media, then in 2009, I became the author of The Missing Years of Jesus, a book examining William Blake’s celebrated poem And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time? better known today as the words to our unofficial national anthem Jerusalem. The publication of this book in hardback, paperback, translation and on Kindle led to still more media coverage and to requests for interviews and personal appearances, such is the fascination with the idea that Christ once visited Britain during that period of eighteen years when he is inexplicably absent from the canonical Biblical accounts.
The photograph at the top of this page is of me standing next to the font in which the visionary genius William Blake was baptised, in St James’s Church, Piccadilly, when I was asked to speak about my book at this wonderful place in November 2010.