Michael Wills

About me

I was born on the Isle of Wight during WW2 and lived there until I left to train as a teacher in Birmingham. After teaching in England for two years, I trained as an EFL teacher and went to work in Sweden for thirteen years. It was during this time I developed an intense interest in history, in particular that of the Vikings. In 1979 I returned to UK and worked as a language school principal until my recent retirement. Finishing full time work gave me the opportunity to achieve a long held ambition to write a novel. I started research for Finn’s Fate in 2008 by making the journey described in the book by land and in my sailing boat. I had the privilege of visiting many historical sites and Scandinavian museums. My book was published in March 2012.
My other interests include WW2 history, I have a website about the Dunkirk evacuations, sailing, walking and grandchildren. I am currently working on my second historical novel, Three Kings, One Throne.

From my website

So how did Scotland lose its independence in the first place?

Like so much else in English history, it all started because there was no obvious heir to the English throne. When the unmarried Elizabeth I died in 1603, there was no one in England to inherit the crown. The most legitimate claimant was King James VI of Scotland. He formed…

The turning point in the American War of Independence

Two hundred and thirty seven years ago this week, there was an uneasy standoff between the British and Americans at Saratoga. On 19th September 1777, the British army of 6,000 British, German and Canadian soldiers defeated an American army of 9,000 men at the Battle of Freeman’s Farm. But the…

The Fate of Slaves in the American War of Independence

During the American War of Independence, there were around half a million slaves of African origin in America, a sixth of the total population. They were enslaved mainly in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. George Washington opposed slavery, but he could not speak out as many members…

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