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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471112004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471112003
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Berwick Coates was educated at Kingston Grammar School, and read History at Cambridge. Since then, he has been at various times an Army officer, writer, artist, lecturer, careers adviser, games coach, and teacher of History, English, Latin, and Swahili. He has published nine books, ranging from A-Level History and popular history to memoirs, humour, cartoons, and light verse.

He has taught every age and every ability from primary remedial to Oxbridge entrance. He has lectured to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, on subjects ranging from Alexander the Great and Hannibal, through medieval and early modern history, to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

His latest book is a collection of fifty views of Christmas (illustrated by himself), entitled 'The Perfect Christmas Present'. He has also written four historical novels and one modern one. He is at present finishing a book of teaching memoirs.

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About the Author

Berwick Coates was educated at Kingston Grammar School and Christ's College, Cambridge. Since then he has been, at various times, an Army officer, writer, artist, lecturer, careers adviser, games coach, and teacher of History, English, Latin, General Studies, and Swahili. He is the author of nine works of non-fiction, and lives in the West country where he works as a school archivist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Devil on 12 Oct. 2014
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You may be drawn to this title if you are a fan of Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden or the master of historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell. You may have read the excellent work on a similar theme by James Wilde or James Aitcheson. If you are looking for more of the same, think again. There is a plot of sorts as the book leads up to the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 but the various plot lines are flimsy at best. There is no tension or excitement and the coverage of the supposed action scenes (ie the fighting) are woefully inadequate. It is impossible to identify with any of the characters and the major hook of sibling rivalry between England's new king (Harold) and his estranged brother Tostig is barely developed. In 40 years I've put down only a handful of books without finishing them - I battled on to the end of this one but it was a close run thing. They say there is a book in everyone and the publication of this book should give hope to all those striving to write theirs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andrew ogilvy-wedderburn on 28 May 2014
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Rather a laboured novel with too much unnecessary background information. I lost the desire to finish it as it could not hold my attention
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr x on 3 Feb. 2015
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If you like your diatribe long and rambling...
If you like many characters spread thinly over massively long chapters with multiple story threads that only just barely come together at the very end...

Then this is the book for you
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This is a period close to my heart. I may not have read everything ever published about it, but have certainly given it a good shot. I wanted to enjoy The Last Viking 1066 but found it impossible. After struggling on to around page 50, and even then not all in one session, I gave it up. The dialogue between the characters lame, stilted and written in modern-day English with no attempt to write or create a 1066 feel to it. How do such poor novels as this ever get to publication?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john on 7 Nov. 2014
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A very poor historical novel written in the style of an American observation Sorry did not enjoy
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This is a decent account of Hardrada's invasion but did not have the addictive, must keep reading factor, that his other book had.
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A brilliant read,thoroughly enjoyed it.Would recommend to anyone who likes this period of history. 5 stars from DAVE.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mikeyb on 9 Jun. 2014
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Harold crowned King of England is faced with enemies from all sides. Who will invade first? This is Coates second book and it should have been first, being the prequel to Hastings. Not as good as the first, but, it gives the reader the problem Harold faced with the logistics of having to spread his army yet have them available for battle.
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