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too speculative - he even admits that he's trying to provide England with a viable origin myth/ heros
on 19 August 2009
I thought Laycock's Failed State book was fascinating and I recommend it. Warlords is building on that previous work by collating various scraps of literary evidence - but Failed State, while a fascinating hypothesis as it stands, is too speculative to provide a solid foundation for further speculation...How high can this tower be built before it reaches the lofty hights of pure fiction? I think Warlords might be getting close. Great fun though! Everyone likes the idea of dark-age warlords! But, I don't consider this book to be as serious a book as Failed State.