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The Rise of the Saxons: And the Legend of Hengest and Horsa Paperback – 30 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (30 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438924003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438924007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,915,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Been a keen reader of historical fiction of this period I ordered this book based on the synopsis as given. What a disappointment from an author who claims to have done exhaustive research. The least I expect from an historical novel is at least some attempt at to get the details right, even if based on a semi legendary history. This story is full of anachonronisms, 'he gulped in oxygen' 'puff' 'faggot' 'wimp' 'bricking it' fantasy weapons include double edged battle axes, spiked ball on a chain, maile shirts with breast plates the list is endless!!!

The story is blood thirsty and the violence is casual, and no doubt that is how it was.

The author does indeed state his story has an agenda; to tell the story of England, now I'm as proud to be an Englishman as the next Englishman, proud of the tribes who would become known as the English, but there are elements contained within the story , young warriors giving raised straight arm salutes shouting Heil England, a Roman style salute from a people who supposedly loath Roman ways according to this author, which sits uneasy with the authors very valid explanation of the use of the much maligned swastika. A confused take on a period of our history which could have been addressed in a more balanced way and give Early English heritage the story it truly deserves.
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I have a lovely little iron coal burner in my front room, and I have literally just fed this book to the coals having only read it half way through.
The Violence is horrible, the first being an 8 year old child enjoying committing the multiple murder of several slave children because they were from a different race- that should have been a clue. Then there was the imagery used surrounding the heroes people, a swastika, parallel lightening bolts (SS insignia), a "skinhead" warrior, the list began to have an aroma I did not care for. When a "dark skinned" slave was abused to the guffaws of jolly Saxon Warriors, enough was a enough, and into the flames the book went to the astonishment of my wife and 12 year old son. Once I explained myself, they both agreed that my course of somewhat impetuous action was valid
I've googled the author and there is no information at all on the Mr West if indeed he exists at all. The story and the writing itself, I felt flowed well, and as I have stated above I stuck with it until around half way in, but there was just one too many of these Pro Nazi Images that made me feed the book to the coals.
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One of the people who gave this book 5 stars is the Author!

Mr England is Ryan West. I have had (sadly) contact with him before on here and can confirm this. He is also, if you have not already guessed, a Neo-Nazi. This, I think explains everything. He scolded me for saying that Meine Kampf was badly written and read like it was written by a hyperactive child. Anyways, sorry that this is not a review but I thought I should bring this to light.
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The other reviewers have already captured the main reasons why this book is such a reprehensible piece of work, but just to recap...

The Rise of the Saxons follows a band of Angle, Saxon and Jute "heroes" as they launch a campaign of genocide against the Britons (in the words of the main character, "lets holocaust them into oblivion"). They take a particular fondness for murdering defenceless children: near the start of the book Hengest slits the throat of a little girl who had been captured as a slave, and later on he uses a spiked ball to smash in the head of a nine-year-old boy who is cowering in fear. Meanwhile, two of his buddies throw small children into the air and catch them on swords, purely for fun.

The heroes of the story are associated with overtly Nazi or neo-Nazi imagery, including swastikas, double lightning bolts, raised-arm salutes, skinhead hair styles and - again - multiple uses of the word "holocaust".

There is one more thing which I think needs to be noted about this novel, however. When children are not being massacred, they are being sexualised.

At one point the character Hrothgar flirts with the female lead, Dresden. When she tells him that she is thirteen years old, he replies "Nearly a woman then, that's old enough for me... What's the matter love? I'll be gentle".

Dresden objects, but this is simply because she already has a boyfriend - Hrothgar is still allowed to join the "good guys", with this incident never being mentioned again. The novel portrays it as perfectly acceptable for a grown man to lust after a thirteen year old girl.
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If you love accurate history, objective research and intelligent writing, avoid this badly-written, revisionist fantasy tripe.

Having thumbed through several pages of this puerile dung, it became rapidly clear that here we have a barely-literate right-wing sympathiser who enjoys projecting his rabid, modern hatreds into a past that is immature wish-fulfilment.

If you enjoy history about the Anglo-Saxons (Hengist and Horsa were NEITHER- they were JUTES!!) and not extremist mouth-frothing, please go find a well-researched and articulately penned book by one of the many decent, intelligent and professional historians.
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