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- Print Length: 21 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B073FT6RTZ
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Autumn 1066: When Anglo-Saxon dominance ended Kindle Edition
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The characters on the few times we met them, were flat and did not develop.
The book was not difficult to read, though, but it was much shorter than I thought it would be. It would have been much better if the author had spent more time on describing how the men and boys fighting the battle had felt. rather than just giving us facts.
They, King Harold, the King's brothers, and the rest of the Anglo-Saxon Fyrd (Army) are on their way to meet and do battle with, the Norwegian King, Harald Sigurdsson.
The author, Jack Eason, has done his research well and intersperses known historical facts into his story.
It certainly made history come alive for me.
The book starts with King Harold's men marching to do battle with Harald, the Norwegian King, who had arrived in Scotland ready to do battle for the English crown. Harald is aware that William of Normandy is also preparing for battle against him. The descriptions of the terrible circumstances of the Anglo-Saxon Fyrd are detailed and fascinating. I wondered how the soldiers were able to fight after spending days marching in such miserably cold conditions.
This book is well researched and highlights the politics and uncertainties of the day. It is reminiscent of Shakespeare's works with its allegiances, intrigues and collaborations between friends and foes. I must admit it made me rethink my own anxieties which don't extend to having a new king thrust upon me following a disastrous battle. The cruelty and harshness of punishments are eye opening and shocking and Mr Eason has included the good, the bad and the ugly of battle during this time.
I highly recommend this novella to people who are interested in history or just a jolly good battle and its consequences.
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