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All the King's Thanes (Cynewulf and Cyneheard)

All the King's Thanes (Cynewulf and Cyneheard) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Hodkinson
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A short story (12000 words), retelling a true story from 786 AD recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

Before there was an England, there was a kingdom called Wessex. Cynewulf, King of Wessex, plans to remove his last rival to the throne. Osric the Eorlderman, the King’s right hand man, is unsure if this is one last act of violence to ensure a permanent peace, or the injustice of a paranoid tyrant.
Warriors who have sworn oaths of loyalty are forced to choose between King and Kin, Fate moves inexorably, and strange portents appear that seem to hark back to the not-so-distant heathen past of Wessex. In the midst of it all Osric must decide if the price of duty and loyalty is one worth paying.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 159 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tim Hodkinson was born in 1971 in Northern Ireland. He studied Medieval English and Old Norse Literature at University with a subsidiary in Medieval European History. He has been writing all his life and has a strong interest in the historical, the mystical and the mysterious. He used to live with his wife Trudy and three lovely daughters in a village in Ireland called Moira but now they all live in New Castle, New Hampshire, USA

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining 31 July 2012
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I can't believe the previous reviewer only gave this book two stars, because it was short? It clearly states in the description that it's a "short story"... did that give you a clue???? Anyway, back to the "short story". I thoroughly enjoyed it. A good story, well told and well researched. It's nice to see that there seems to be a rise in celebrating the origins and history of the "English". Maybe this was just a taster and perhaps there is a longer book in the pipeline, hope so, I for one would look forward to reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian 13 May 2013
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Sadly, a disappointment.Derivative.Suitable perhaps for a younger reading audience?
More historical research on Saxon culture would help. Bernard Cornwell might offer some advice..?
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A NOVEL BUT A SHORT STORY 7 May 2012
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While the story was well written it was too short.I thought I was buying something totally different, something that would keep
entertained for longer than a couple of hours
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT novella about WEST SAXON WARRIORS! 12 Aug 2012
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This novella about the West Saxon warriors is GREAT! Thane means Warrior. It is packed with historically correct information about the time period of about 800 years after Christ in Wessex, what we call England today. This gives the reader not only an action packed story to read, but an insightful look at the time of life during that period.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read on a seldom visited part of history 31 Jan 2014
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This story gives credible background to a little known and seldom explored historic time in Britain. If you enjoy tales of the Norse, the Angle, the Saxons and Britons, then this book should satisfy! It is well written and well researched, so you should find it worth your time and interest.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great telling of royal life in Anglo-Saxon England 25 Jun 2013
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This is a great telling of an attempted coup against an Anglo-Saxon king in pre-Norman Conquest England. The author captures very well the times and the ethos of the people. Medieval European monarchs were closer to Tony Soprano than King Arthur in Camelot. A short, fun read which tells you a lot about the period.
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