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"Edwin, High King of Britain, brings to life the heroic age of our distant past, a splendid novel that leaves the reader wanting more." -- Bernard Cornwell
"In the first instalment of The Northumbrian Thrones, a new historical fiction series, Albert launches readers into the tumultuous world of 7th century Northumbria. Edwin, the deposed king of the region, forges political alliances, is betrayed, and fights critical battles that form the arc of his rise and fall as High King of Britain. As he ages, he fears for the future of his kingdom, and war has simply become a necessary evil. His shifting worldview leads to conversion to the Christian faith a slow process given special attention by Albert. But it is not a clear path, and sometimes Edwin and his subordinates doubt the validity and the power of the Christian God, as opposed to the pagan deities they have left behind. Albert's focus on the religious element does not detract from the political and dramatic aspects of the history he is portraying. Rather, it lends an extra dimension of psychological turmoil, because characters must deal with the problem of not only individual identity but also the beginnings of a national identity related to religion. Albert's offering is a highly entertaining and refreshing work of historical fiction thanks to his emphasis on the precarious intersection of religion and identity." --Publishers Weekly
"At the dawn of England seven kingdoms struggle for supremacy: but there is more than honour and power at stake; paganism, Christianity and the future shape of the English nation will be decided. A fast-paced and gripping tale of the great Northumbrian King Edwin, reclaiming one of our great national figures from the shadows of history." --Justin Hill - author of 'Shieldwall'
Edoardo Albert is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Time Out, History Today and The Daily Telegraph, among other places. His book on the history and archaeology of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom was published in October 2012 by The History Press. Getting on his bike, he also edited the Time Out Cycle London Guide.
This was one of the best books I've read in ages - bringing a distant age to life in a way that was both scholarly and gripping at the same time (a rare combination!). Read morePublished 1 month ago by ByNewgate
I discovered Edoardo Albert's Northumbrian Thrones series through a review of the second novel on Jax Blunt's blog. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie Jane
A novel set within an historical framework of, largely, real people and real events. Although the language is sometimes a little forced and rather theatrical, this book does a good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NeMo
I'm not someone who usually likes historical fiction but this book was fantastic.Published 3 months ago by Anonymous
This is a very good piece of historical fiction that tells the adventurous and eventful story of Edwin of Deira, of the House of Yffings, who had to flee for his life and live a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JPS
A really good little book that helped shine point a light on the history of the dark ages.Published 5 months ago by Janie B :=]
After the Romans left Britain, waves of incomers travelled from Europe and conquered the native Britons in many parts of the country. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Plucked Highbrow
Gripping, thrilling, full of suspense, and a cast of characters I was sad to leave behind once I finished the book today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gareth Page
This is a great book! For me this was a relatively unknown author and so a bit of a wild card, but I'm so happy I took the risk! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sam Pyrah