Ambrose, Prince of Wessex; Trader of Kiev.

Ambrose, Prince of Wessex; Trader of Kiev.

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by Bruce Corbett
     
 

Ambrose, Prince of Wessex; Trader of Kiev, is a story set during the time of the Viking invasions of Europe and Russia. The story chronicles the life of Ambrose, a bastard Saxon Prince of England, and elder brother to Alfred the Great.
Ambrose and his companion, Phillip, are caught and enslaved during a Viking raid on his homeland. They are taken to Frisia and

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Ambrose, Prince of Wessex; Trader of Kiev, is a story set during the time of the Viking invasions of Europe and Russia. The story chronicles the life of Ambrose, a bastard Saxon Prince of England, and elder brother to Alfred the Great.
Ambrose and his companion, Phillip, are caught and enslaved during a Viking raid on his homeland. They are taken to Frisia and then to Denmark, where they meet a Byzantine slave, Polonius. Ambrose and Polonius are fortunate enough to have kind masters, but Phillip is first abused and then condemned to a terrible death. In order to save the life of his faithful companion, Ambrose must flee both his master and his first love.
The three escaped slaves flee north by boat to Norway, where they land and recover from their arduous journey. Before the snow closes the high passes, however, they trek overland to Sweden and the land of the Rus.
A letter from Ambrose's former master assures a surprising welcome there, but they must once again flee when pursuing Danish ships make port. Sneaking away in the night, they manage to join an expedition of Rus tribesmen who are on their way to take over the Slav city of Novgorod.
The three comrades build a trading post there, appoint a factor, and then take the opportunity to move south with another expedition sailing down the Dnieper River with the intention of colonizing the Slav town of Kiev. On the main trade route to the Byzantine empire, the Viking conquerors of Kiev start to organize both Vikings and Slavs into a federation of tribesmen. The area, just north of the open steppes, is terribly vulnerable to attacks from powerful nomad tribes that roam the steppes to the east and the south.
After settling in Kiev, Polonius marries Kuralla, the Slav chief's daughter whom Ambrose saved from a terrible death. Kiev is perfectly suited to control the trade from the north to the fabled city of Constantinople, and the friends work hard to establish a secure base for their Swedish sponsor, Gunnar of the Rus.
Within a year of arriving, the new settlers find themselves fighting the Pechenegs, a fierce Steppe nation that is, itself, being forced from its traditional territory. Thanks to the mobility offered by the Viking ships, the Slav and Viking allies are able to hold back the savage raiders. Polonius acts as a military advisor, and his ideas allow the Vikings to attack the Pechenegs at their most vulnerable point. With their cavalry decimated by the stubborn river people and their own enemies catching up to them, the Pechenegs flee across the Dnieper and move west.
With the Rus leaders now firmly in control of Kiev and much of the Dnieper River Valley, the dead are buried and reconstruction begins. The Rus have come to stay, and, after long and exciting travels, Ambrose, Phillip and Polonius have found an adopted home.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011514333
Publisher:
Bruce Corbett
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Series:
Ambrose Chronicles , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
402,485
File size:
521 KB

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Meet the Author

After counselling teenagers and adults for over 40 years, Bruce Corbett retired to concentrate on his writing and photography. To date, he has written a collection of Science Fiction short stories and two Science Fiction novels. His greatest project, however, is his series of historical novels based on a fictional hero, Ambrose, Prince of Wessex, set in the time of Alfred the Great.

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Ambrose, Prince of Wessex; Trader of Kiev. 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this was a very interesting and well written work of historical fiction...I'm hoping this is the fist of a series. I highly recommend this for those who love historical fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story, some connection to history which was interesting in itself. Points were very violent and gross.
FrElaine More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading regarding a little chonicled period. Fast-paced, authenic to era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernard Cornwell is the best at this type of historical fiction but Corbett unlike many others has written about this time period in a voice that is his own. I especially love his in depth, sophisticated description of military tactics. At a cost of $3.99 for the nook book this story is a bargain. My only criticism is that he needs a better editor. The order of words is sometimes confusing.
evelyn1946 More than 1 year ago
can't wait for the other two to come out. very moving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those books you just dont want to end. Its that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced historical adventure. While somewhat simplistic, the story is exciting and brings life to an area of history not often explored. 
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Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read and overall an okay book with potential if it was a draft. The dialogue isn't that great, descriptions are basic, and details are missing. I would recommend this for a teenager over an adult - I would say this is easy enough for an older (10+) child to read, but the sexual content is a bit much for this age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this historical novel. Believable plot and well developed characters put me into the story caring about the main character and how his life went on after being captured by Vikings at an early age. There are more in the series and will be picking them up to read. Highly recommend for all ages.
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Hunter:*looks at bree with jaw open* Sammy:*closes hunter jaw and laughs * you fantastic. But here is something esle *grabs the tiara and puts it on her head*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am tired i will c you ily