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Posted March 26, 2014
Plenty of excitement and blood. I suspect it is
accurate in tone if not exactly historical factual which is understandable. Also it explains how England changed from a patchwork of small contencious kingships to a unified state. The book demonstrates how painful that change was.
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Posted March 8, 2014
THE LEGEND OF HEREWARD CONTINUES
This book is as fast paced as the first book in this series, “The Time of The Wolf” as Hereward desperately seeks to build an army and obtain allies to withstand and overthrow Duke William II of Normandy (or William the Bastard or Conqueror depending upon your viewpoint) and his Norman invaders. For anyone that assumed that the Norman victory over the English of Harold Godwinson in 1066 at the Battle of Stamford Bridge marked the cessation of warfare, the conflict depicted in this book has to be an eye opener. This book as with the previous one can be accused of being dark and gory, as Duke William attempts to burn every village and kill ever male in Northumbria to end the possibility of further rebellion in this region, and Hereward successfully defeats the Normans stationed in Eastern England. Hereward does seem less superhuman in this book and Alric, the priest determined to save Hereward’s soul, is convinced that Hereward has learned to keep his savagery in check. Sub plots involving Balthar “the Fox”, Redwald, Hereward’s brother although not by birth, and the Viking Harald Redteeth, Hereward’s sworn enemy, add depth to the story. Betrayal continues to undermine Hereward’s rebellion as his civilian army prepares to make a stand on the village island of Ely in the midst of the marsh know as the Fen.