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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE HAROLD WON, 11 July 2014
This review is from: The Last Viking (Hardcover)
When William the Conqueror brought his army to Hastings in 1066, defeated the English axemen, killed King Harold and siezed the throne the course of England’’s history changed for ever. But for the turn of fortune everything could – would – be different even now.
Only days before, Harold’s English army (plus a few Welshmen) had fought another battle, in Yorkshire, against King Harald Hardrada of Norway and his Vikings: the Battle of Stamford Bridge.This time the English side won, then marched south to Sussex.The Last Viking recounts the story behind this great victory – which isn’t nearly as famous as it deserves to be.
This is the author’s second historical novel, a prequel to The Last Conquest, and in it he fleshes out the recorded facts with imagination and wit as he recreates the 11th-century world. We follow the two kings on opposite sides of the North Sea as they move slowly towards their final enounter, and get to know those close to them – Harold’s ‘handfast’ wife Edith for one, and Hardrarda’s amazing queen Ellisif of Kiev and daughter Maria, who sailed with the Vikings. But there are many characters, and among them ordinary people who carried on as best they could despite wars and rumours of wars... our ancestors, maybe.
I thoroughly recommend this book – read and enjoy!
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