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The Hammer and the Cross [Kindle Edition]

Harry Harrison
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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865 A.D. Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings. Powerful bishops and black-robed priests fill their cathedrals with gold, while threatening all who oppose them with damnation. But there are those who do not fear the priests, and they are the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia. Among these Northern invaders, those who follow the Way of the Gods of Asgard carry the Hammer of Thor as their emblem, and they are sworn to increase mankind's knowledge and strength by conquest and by craft. And as Viking warlords cast hungry eyes upon a weak and divided Britain, the Way collides with the Church, launching an all-out war between The Hammer and the Cross.

At the center of this bloody conflict is Shef, bastard son of a Norse raider and a captive English lady. A smith and a warrior, he is driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself. Torn by divided loyalties, Shef alone dares to imagine new weapons and tactics with which to carve out a kingdom - and threaten the holy power of Rome itself!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W32XV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transtemporal influence 21 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished the trilogy and heartily agree with all the descriptions of it as compulsive, unputdownable etc. The first volume however was marred for me by the series of setpiece torture scenes. I am not unduly squeamish, and read the battle scenes of heads being split to the breastbone, etc, with equanimity, but the almost obsessively detailed descriptions of the unspeakable things men do to other men are a bit too much. At the fifth such setpiece (the hideous murder of king Ella) I had had about enough, and swore a mighty oath that if they started yet another I would consign them and their books to Niflheim. Apparently this vibe reached them transtemporally for there were no further offences. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the story in vols. 2 and 3. I was amused by the way Shef and his men anticipated so many of the inventions of the following twelve centuries or so.His first battleship was even called Dreadnought ( oh sorry, that's Fearnought), I half expected him to be using dive bombers by book three. Good fun.
A curious aspect. A John Holm is credited as co-author on the cover but not on the title page, and is never mentioned anywhere else in the books, on back cover blurbs etc. Also never mentioned by any reviewers. A moments googling reveals him to be a pen name of professor Kim Shippey, an authority on early English language and history. \So it seems that Harrison's brilliant research is really Shippey's professional knowledge. Almost a conspiracy of silence??
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN ALLURING ALTERNATIVE EARLY MIDDLE AGE 26 Feb. 2015
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This is a well-researched and inventive counterfactual history of our Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian English Early Middle Age. Harrison paints a picture of an appealing alternative course, where the expanding power of the catholic church is defeated by Heathen followers of Woden, Thor and the old gods and goddesses. The incoming Christians are portrayed as hypocritical and resistant to change, whereas the Heathens embrace new ideas and technology which they use to defeat the new religion and its followers in battle, securing an England free from the oppression of Rome. England becomes a tolerant land where Heathens and indigenous Christians live in harmony, able to use the land's resources and talents to improve the lot of the ordinary citizens, Rome is horrified by this freedom and seeks to enslave the apostates, but fails dismally and a new golden age begins. This book really makes you think of the advances that could have been made early in our history, were it not for the dead hand of Christianity. A really great read, highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars harry harrison fan 16 Jan. 2013
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excellent book read it in my youth enloyed it once again type of book which can be re read time and time again
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