The Splintered Kingdom (Conquest Series #2)

The Splintered Kingdom (Conquest Series #2)

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by James Aitcheson
     
 

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The brilliant second novel in James Aitcheson's trilogy of the Norman Conquest of England.

Summer, 1070. Renowned for his valor in the battle for York, Tancred a Dinant is now a lord in his own right, with knights of his own to command and a manor to call home in the turbulent Welsh borderlands. But his hard-fought gains are soon threatened, as a

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The brilliant second novel in James Aitcheson's trilogy of the Norman Conquest of England.

Summer, 1070. Renowned for his valor in the battle for York, Tancred a Dinant is now a lord in his own right, with knights of his own to command and a manor to call home in the turbulent Welsh borderlands. But his hard-fought gains are soon threatened, as a coalition of enemies both old and new prepares to march against King William.

With English, Welsh and Viking forces gathering, and war looming, the Normans are forced to make common cause with some unlikely allies in defence of their newly conquered realm. For Tancred, meanwhile, there are also enemies closer to home: Norman barons envious of his fame, who regard him as a threat to their own power and who are only too eager to see him brought low.

Amidst the turmoil, Tancred is chosen to spearhead a perilous expedition into the heart of Wales. Success will bring him glory beyond his dreams. Failure will mean the ruin of the reputation that he has worked so hard to forge. As shield-walls clash and the kingdom burns, not only is his destiny at stake, but also that of England itself.

A gripping tale of battle, honor, and vengeance, The Splintered Kingdom is an epic saga of the struggle for England-and through it, the western world.

Editorial Reviews

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"A vigorously written, well researched tale of post-conquest England told through Norman eyes, with a rich, detailed setting, plenty of exciting battles, and a protagonist/narrator who is a real pleasure to read." - Historical Novels Review

"There are enough swordplay and chases amid the historical detail to warrant returning to this series or even starting it. Aficionados of tales about England's historic warriors, in the tradition of Bernard Cornwell, will enjoy this muscular outing" - Library Journal

"An exciting and suspenseful post-Norman conquest saga filled with ambition, greed and betrayals.. history buffs and adventure fans will definitely want to read all the exciting tales in this saga." - Fresh Fiction

" The second terrific Tancred Conqueror era historical is a great thriller that brings to life the eleventh century bitter hostilities that remain heated several years after Hastings" - The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402286193
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
James Aitcheson's Conquest Series , #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
395,266
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

James Aitcheson was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1985 and studied History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he developed a special interest in the medieval period. Sworn Sword is his first novel.

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