Harald

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Harald: A simple family man, a teller of tales, who happens to be the most powerful general of his people, home of the cataphracts, much feared warriors. Some, like the young king of the neighboring kingdom, James of Kaerlia, might underestimate him because he doesn’t bother bedeck himself in the court garb to which he was entitled. No one underestimates Harald twice.

A hundred years earlier another young king, dreaming of brave deeds and rich plunder east of the mountains, ...

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Harald: A simple family man, a teller of tales, who happens to be the most powerful general of his people, home of the cataphracts, much feared warriors. Some, like the young king of the neighboring kingdom, James of Kaerlia, might underestimate him because he doesn’t bother bedeck himself in the court garb to which he was entitled. No one underestimates Harald twice.

A hundred years earlier another young king, dreaming of brave deeds and rich plunder east of the mountains, brought a force from the Kingdom to take the Vales. An army three thousand strong tried to force the pass at Raven Stream. A thousand men of the Vales and their allies the Westkin held them. After three days the King’s men gave up and went home. It wasn’t water the ravens drank.

Four times in the past twenty years the Empire has invaded Kaerlia’s land, seeking to bring it under their rule. Four times were they sent home with their tails between their legs. Now the Empire is sending its best legions again to the north. Only by a return to the grand alliance of Kingdom, Vales & Ladies of the Order can they hope to withstand the disciplined and blooded invading army. But young James has picked a fight with the Order, picked a fight with Harald himself. Young men are not always wise, nor fond of peace. The new king wants war again. And again, the ravens will drink.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781416555377
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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David D. Friedman describes himself as an anarchist-anachronist-economist, and is the author of both textbooks and popular books on economics. His latest is Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do With Law and Why it Matters(Princeton University Press). Dr. Friedman attended Harvard and the University of Chicago and is frequently called on to comment on libertarian economics by the media. He teaches at Santa Clara University in law, business and economics and lives in a 97-year-old house in San Jose, CA with his wife and three children. A long-time member of the Society forCreative Anachronism, Friedman is an expert on medieval weapons, clothing, cooking and the author of numerous articles on topics from how to tie a turban to Norse riddles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Harald, a critique

    Harald, written by David D. Freidman is the story of a legendary war leader able to protect his people from an aggressivly expanding empire. It is a fantasy set in a time period of archery and armor (approx. 1200 A.D.). As a story it is a tale of war and leadership, strategy and tactics. Its greatest streagth is the feeling that it is written by a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, its ability to describe the feel of the time period is memerable and makes the contests descibed the the book that much more real. As a treatise on war it emphsizes that little known precept that war is successfully waged (and won) by the intellegent in a given society. In addition if one wanted to know the value of logistics one would only need to read Harald to understand that armies move on their bellies. As a fantasy Harald works quite well and the author is careful to avoid both the horrors of war and the unwholesome vagories of mankind. This makes the book more enjoyable and presentable to children, however it then tends to romaticise warfare to a degree that one looks forward to the charactures engaging in the endever as opposed to regretting the entire issue. The charactures themselves sometimes tend to speak in shorthand and more than once this reader had to reread an exchange to understand who was speaking and about what. However that tended to make the book more enjoyable as it gave the feel that the reader was spying on individuals from a different culture with a different set of morals, allthough Harald, the primary characture, clearly has had a post Renaissance brush with western style independence and prudence. As a student of war and warfare I found the book enjoyable and look forward to any further attempts by David Freidman within this domain, perhaps with a little magic?

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