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The writing style can take a little getting used to at first because it's quite exact and straightforward story telling, but after a while I really enjoyed it. Gentry simply tells the story, giving historical detail from time to time - good old fashioned, honest story telling.
The protagonist was a solid, decent hero you could always root for and there is a sense of fighting for justice and goodness throughout, yet the author still treats the enemy, the Danes, with respect. All that modern novelists seem to deliver is gritty (immoral) realism, and characters torn apart by their own faults, but here you have people who actually aspire to something worth telling.
A classic adventure story. Accurate history (no changing historical facts to suit the author's ideas as writers of modern historical-fiction so often do) and an interesting, exciting read.
Egbert was a freeman and a relation of Edmunds father, Eldred, Egbert had lands in the west that bore the brunt of the Danes invasion, they had made a stout resistance but the Danes were to strong so he had come to live with Edmund and his father, they headed for Croyland, Edmund and Egbert hunted while Eldred organized a defence, a messenger arrived from the Humber asking for help, the Danes had attacked, Algar was resisting but begged for help
The abbot sent all the men he could under Eldred, 400 men in total, the Danes were advancing at Kesteven and the armies met, Edmund, Eldred and Egbert stood in the centre, Edmund had never seen the Danes and they were truly formidable, there followed a terrible battle, the Danes fled retreating back to their camp, the Saxons celebrated but a large Dane army reinforced the Danes camp, the Saxons were well outnumbered but decided to fight, Edmund was put in the rear, if they should lose he was to go to the king
All day the Saxon line held, the Danes feigned a retreat and the Saxons followed and broke the line, the only survivers were Eldred, Egbert and a few others, they fought bravely but all died except Egbert who broke through to join Edmund, they headed back to Croyland to warn the Abbot, the Abbot said he the old and children would remain and all able bodied should go with Edmund, all monks left were beheaded, the children tortured...Read more ›
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It is very well written and with the Kindle dictionary feature the few uncommon words are quickly clarified. Clean prose and gets to the action right away!