The Winter Warrior: A Novel of Medieval England [NOOK Book]

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1067. Following the devastating loss of the Battle of Hastings, William the Bastard and his men have descended on England. Villages are torched and men, women, and children are put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nation. But there is one who stands in the way of the invader’s savagery. He is called Hereward. He is a warrior and master tactician and as adept at slaughter as the imposter who ...
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The Winter Warrior: A Novel of Medieval England

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Overview


1067. Following the devastating loss of the Battle of Hastings, William the Bastard and his men have descended on England. Villages are torched and men, women, and children are put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nation. But there is one who stands in the way of the invader’s savagery. He is called Hereward. He is a warrior and master tactician and as adept at slaughter as the imposter who sits upon the throne. And he is England’s last hope. 

In a Fenlands fortress of water and wild wood, Hereward’s resistance is simmering. His army of outcasts grows by the day—a devil’s army that emerges out of the mists and the night, leaving death in its wake. But William is not easily cowed. Under the command of his ruthless deputy, Ivo Taillebois—the man they call “the Butcher”—the Norman forces will do whatever it takes to crush the rebels, even if it means razing England to the ground. Here then is the tale of the bloodiest rebellion England has ever known—the beginning of an epic struggle that will echo down the years . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Move over, Robin Hood; there's a new outlaw in town. Whenever Saxons and Normans collide, the blood is certain to flow, and the pages are guaranteed to turn.”
Historical Novel Society
“Wilde creates a world of violence, intrigue, betrayal, and superstition. Just the stuff fans of medieval fiction long for and expect.”
Library Journal
10/15/2013
William the Conqueror (or the Bastard, as the English referred to him) was ruthless in his takeover of that sceptered isle in 1066. Many resisted, none as viciously as Hereward, rogue son of a minor landowner. Using the wild fen country as his base, Hereward cobbled together a motley crew of guerrillas to slash at the Norman usurpers. This sequel to The Time of the Wolf (but able to be read as a stand-alone) details the gory tit-for-tat of this rebellion and is salted with much deceit and plot twists. The reader can see Hereward grow as a tactician, but the angry, out-of-control renegade is never far below the surface. VERDICT Based on an actual historical figure (Hereward the Wake, 1035–72) who may have been the model for Robin Hood, Wilde's historical novel can easily be paired with James Aitcheson's Sworn Sword, which covers the same time period from the Norman viewpoint. Bernard Cornwell fans and readers who enjoy their historical fiction mixed with a good dose of battle action and character will enjoy this medieval adventure.—W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480448100
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 67,873
  • File size: 857 KB

Meet the Author


James Wilde, the pseudonym of Mark Chadbourn, a two-time winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, has written a number of widely praised modern fantasy novels. Wilde lives in the heart of a Mercian forest in England.
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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    A Good Read

    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

    more from this reviewer

    THE LEGEND OF HEREWARD CONTINUES This book is as fast paced as t

    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.

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