Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy 450 AD. Britain is in chaos. Morgause wants power for herself, and resents the indifference of her lover, Uthr. Uthr lost his kingdom to his enemy but now he is back with a boy, Arthur, at his side. His intention? To defeat the usurper, Vortigern. Vortigern rules with tyranny and oppression, bending those he defeats to his own will - among them, the Lion Lord of Gwynedd, Cunedda. Cunedda, oldest friend and ally to Uthr, must face tragedy and despair for his sons and his only daughter - Gwenhwyfar. Gwenhwyfar, spirited and independent, a pawn in the political struggle for power, loves only one man - Arthur. Arthur, the next Pendragon, is to serve a hard apprenticeship before he can achieve his ambitions - to take his rightful place as King, and make Gwenhwyfar his wife. But the struggle for love and leadership runs a difficult path, one that is strewn with setbacks and obstacles that must be overcome - one way or another.
Hello, welcome to my Amazon Author Page.
I am Helen Hollick, I live in Devon, England, with my husband Ron and adult daughter Kathy.
I write historical fiction, getting to the nuts and bolts of the 'what might have really happend' story of King Arthur in my PENDRAGON'S BANNER Trilogy. There is no magic or fantasy. No Merlin, no Lancelot, knights in armour, round table or holy grail - just the story of a war lord who has to fight hard for his kingdom and even harder to keep it.
Book One - The KINGMAKING
Book Two - PENDRAGON'S BANNER
Book Three - SHADOW OF THE KING
'Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books!' (Bernard Cornwell)
My Lost Kingdom Saxon Series - HAROLD THE KING (I AM THE CHOSEN KING is the US title of the same book) and its prequel,A HOLLOW CROWN (The FOREVER QUEEN is the US title of the same book) tells the story of the twilight years of Anglo Saxon England immediately before the Norman Conquest.
Stripping the Norman propaganda from what we think we know of that most famous date in English history - 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, my novels portray all the honour and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.
I am also co-scriptwriter for the UK movie 1066 which is in development.
To balance the serious books I have my SEA WITCH VOYAGES: pirate-based adventure fantasy. A fine blend of Sharpe, Hornblower and Indiana Jones all stowed in the one boat.
Voyage One - SEA WITCH
Voyage Two - PIRATE CODE
Voyage Three - BRING IT CLOSE
Voyage Four - Ripples In The Sand
"In the sexiest pirate contest, Captain Jesamiah Acorne gives Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow a run for his money" (Sharon Penman)
Charismatic and a charmer of a rogue, trouble follows Jesamiah Acorne like a ship's wake. His "girl" Tiola, is a white witch, one of the Wise Women of the Old Ones of Light. She is loyal and faithful to Jesamiah - but does he deserve her?
If you liked the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and enjoy a good sailor's yarn, then in the words of author Elizabeth Chadwick "You'll love this to pieces of eight".
And coming soon: Jesamiah Acorne's early adentures as a young pirate: The Mermaid Voyages
Browse my books and 'Lege Feliciter' (read happily)
p.s. Why not take a look at the book trailer videos opposite?