The Winter Warrior: A Novel of Medieval England

The Winter Warrior: A Novel of Medieval England

by James Wilde
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The Winter Warrior: A Novel of Medieval England 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jea2026 More than 1 year ago
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.
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
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.
daveb48 More than 1 year ago
I messed up and read this book ahead of the first one (it is the second of three in the series), but that didn't do much to dampen my enjoyment of it. It reads a lot like Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series (Hereward and Uhtred are similar characters) although set in a later period than Saxon. The Hereward series is set during the Norman invasion of the 11th Century. Hereward is the leader of a group of rebels fighting to keep William's Normans from taking over the whole of England. To be sure, there is plenty of violence and gore in the book and some of the major characters are killed off, often in gruesome fashion, but as others have said, this is typical of the era. Students of history already know the outcome of the Norman invasion but The Winter Warrior is still a compelling read. Interestingly, the author provides place names as they were in 1070 rather than as they are now and this, at least for me, made pronunciation easier. It is often challenging to relate locales in the Middle Ages to their current names. It's even more difficult sometimes when the story is set in Roman Britain, but that's a discussion for another time. I already started reading the first book in the series, "The Time of the Wolf," and so far having previous knowledge of what is to happen later has not spoiled the earlier book. If you like British Medieval history or are a fan of Bernard Cornwell, grab this series and indulge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago