The Briton and the Dane

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After the last of Rome's legions left Britannia to the mercy of the invading barbarian hordes and before the age of chivalry, when knighthood was in flower and troubadours sang of courtly love, there lived a King whose love for his people and the land left a legacy coveted by his descendants who sought to wear his crown.

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Overview

After the last of Rome's legions left Britannia to the mercy of the invading barbarian hordes and before the age of chivalry, when knighthood was in flower and troubadours sang of courtly love, there lived a King whose love for his people and the land left a legacy coveted by his descendants who sought to wear his crown.

Travel back in time to the late Ninth Century, to the tumultuous days in the reign of Alfred the Great who successfully defeated the Danish Viking King Guthrum and kept his precious Wessex free from Viking rule.

Journey to the Burh of Wareham where Lord Richard oversees the training of Alfred's army; where his children, Stephen, David and Gwyneth, swear fealty to their King and support his vision to build a nation to rival the glory that once was Rome in a land ravaged by war and conquest.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780981843148
  • Publisher: Canonbridge LLC
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Wow!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Briton and the Dane. From beginning to end it is filled with romance, treachery, and suspense. Mary Ann did a great job of taking the reader back in time to the days of King Alfred with great detail. I felt as though I could have been right there with Gwyneth and Erik. I did not want to put the book down. She leaves you hanging in anticipation for the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Wow!

    First time novelist Mary Ann Bernal has deftly trasported us back 1200 years to the early days of England. She used her knowledge of history ot create a wonderful tale of love and intrigue. I was engrossed in the the story from page 1 and my interest continued right to the bitter end. Her characters showed life, exhibiting a wide range of emotions. I can harldy wait for the sequel. Sign me up now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    here's a fine discovery

    "The Briton and the Dane" was, for me, a delightful surprise on many fronts. Mary Ann Bernal displays a remarkable talent with this tale set in 9th century Britain. She has a formidable ability to constantly surprise the reader with a supply of plot twists and turns. The storyline quickly becomes addicting and hard to put down.

    The book is a solid package of history, romance, and political intrigue. It is obvious that Ms. Bernal has a great love for and knowledge of this world of the past. Her enthusiasm is contagious! The reader is quickly immersed in a world of events and emotions which seem at once foreign and familiar. And what an array of memorable characters we come to know! Part of Ms. Bernal's talent is to surprise us with revelations of her characters' loves, longings and unexpected relationships to one another. One need not be a history buff to appreciate "The Briton and the Dane." By the book's conclusion, I felt a brand new connection with its world of so very long ago.

    Paul Auerbach

    English teacher, writer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    Engaging and Impossible to Put Down

    I found the debut novel of Mary Ann Bernal to be a profound, engaging, incredibly detailed piece of work. From the conclusion of the first sentence the novel is impossible to put down. These are not cookie cutter characters, and this is no paint by numbers story. Drenched in a rich, vibrant, and carefully researched pool of history, the characters manage to exist beyond their page - they have been given form - what they feel, you will feel. Whether you have an interest in this era of history or not makes little difference. "The Briton and the Dane" is likely to engage readers of all sorts. To say I'm anxious for the sequel would indeed be the understatement of the year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Intriguing

    A marvelous mix of entertainment and intrigue grips the readers attention immediately as you journey back to the 9th century. The author's dedication to detail brings the story to life. I became completely invested in the lives of the characters and found it difficult to put the book down. The book is a joy to read full of surprises with each turn of the page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    SIMPLY AWESOME

    I had the great honor of reading the Briton and the Dane as a work in progress. The author offers a glimpse into the days of Viking Warriors and British Kings where intrigue, passion and treachery exist. The Briton and the Dane, with its historical insight, intensely grabbed me in the first few pages. Its amazing characters and complex story kept me surprised and yearning for more. This was truly a page turner. I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    A Must Read

    A fantastic read. Once opened and diving into the story it was very difficult to not turn the page and continue on. While the Briton and the Dane would not be my normal choice for a book I could not put it down. An extremely well written book.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

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    Great stuff! I really enjoyed reading 'The Briton and the Dane'

    Great stuff! I really enjoyed reading 'The Briton and the Dane'. Bernal writes with authority and weaves a wonderful story that enthralls and engrosses. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy and the fourth installment next year.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Since I enjoy reading about medieval times this title intrigued

    Since I enjoy reading about medieval times this title intrigued me. Mary Ann Bernal is a talented teller of history. She took me back to the days of Alfred the Great- bringing to life believable characters who took the story forward. Her research of the times seems flawless. It kept my interest until the end and I wanted to read more.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    A MUST READ- BRILLIANT HISTORICAL DRAMA

    After the last of Rome's legions left Britannia to the mercy of the invading barbarian hordes and before the age of chivalry, when knighthood was in flower and troubadours sang of courtly love, there lived a King whose love for his people and the land left a legacy coveted by his descendants who sought to wear his crown.

    Mary Ann Bernal has proven herself to be at the verytop of historical adventure writers. The Briton And The Dane is simply magnificent- transporting the reader back to the days of Alfred the Great- not to be missed!!!!

    A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

    RICK FRIEDMAN
    FOUNDER
    THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Great Historical Fiction

    When Mary Ann emailed me about this book I was interested obviously because it was historical fiction, but also because she made mention of her love for novels like Ivanhoe. I love sweeping epics with tons of characters and story arcs, and that is what Briton and the Dane offers.

    There are so many characters and story lines to draw readers in right from the beginning. I wish I could go into a lot of detail and gush about my favorite characters, but the list in lengthy and it would give away so many things. I can say that I loved the characters of David and Gwyn immediately. Their stories I loved; couldn't get enough scenes with them. While each character has their own unique story, they're interspersed and somehow connected with all the others, which I really liked.

    I don't want to say that the book overall seems condensed, but you do get a lot of information in what seems like a short amount of time. I wasn't left wanting, other than the obvious cliffhangers. The chapters are rather short, which I liked. The pacing is great. It's slow enough that none of the story seems rushed and fast enough that nothing seems drawn out or overdone.

    I think that this novel will have wide appeal, not just to those who like historical fiction. I didn't know much about Viking history when I started this novel, but it had definitely prompted me to get into it a bit more.

    I am looking forward to reading the next installment.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Soap Opera Set in the Late Nineth Century, England

    The Briton and the Dane is a novel that takes readers back to the time of King Alfred the Great. It is a time of rivalry between the Christian King of Wessex and the pagan Viking, King Guthrum. As the story begins, Gwyneth, daughter of Lord Richard (Buhr of Wareham under King Alfred's rule), meets and cares for a wounded Danish prince, Erik. The two fall in love. Things get a little complicated when Gwyneth realizes she loves the enemy. It gets even more complicated when Erik's past is revealed. As the cast of characters grows, readers are drawn into a world of violence, deceit, and seduction.

    The book is well written. The dialog between the characters is told using the vernacular of the period. This may take some getting used to, as it is more formal than our modern day English. Throughout each chapter, the scenes jump around to show what is happening in each of the character's lives. Initially, readers may find it challenging to keep all the characters straight and remember all of the relationships. By the middle of the book, things should be clear.

    Readers should know that as the story closes, there are still unresolved issues - unfinished love stories, ongoing battles, and an important character who after being wounded, suffers from amnesia. (Does it sound like a soap opera?) Readers will have to buy Ms. Bernal's sequel, The Briton and the Dane Birthright, to see how everything resolves.

    The Briton and the Dane is a book that would appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially fiction set in the Nineth Century Britannia.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Briton and the Dane. From beginning to end it is filled with romance, treachery, and suspense. I felt as though I could have been right there with Gwyneth and Erik. Mary Ann did a great job of taking the reader back in time to the days of King Alfred with great detail. I did not want to put the book down! She leaves you hanging with anticipation for the sequel.
    Diane Spaulding, Omaha, NE

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