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By Annette Burkitt -
Archaeologist Annette Burkitt structures this work innovatively through her combination of the flesh (the fictional part of the text) and the bones (detailing ...Read Review
By Tim Leach -
Tim Leach’s previous novel, The Last King of Lydia, was set in an opulent, sunlit Mediterranean city-state in classical antiquity. Nothing could ...Read Review
By Snorri Kristjansson -
This novel’s cover shows an archaeologically-correct-looking longhouse. It’s a tale about Vikings, and it reads like a saga of old! The ...Read Review
By Max Adams -
The title Alfred’s Britain is misleading, and the sub-title better explains the contents of the book. For sure Alfred figures prominently, but ...Read Review
By Johanne Hildebrandt - By Tara F. Chace (trans.) -
The second book in the Valhalla Series (after The Unbroken Line of the Moon), Estrid follows Queen Sigrid of Svealand, her twin children ...Read Review
By Michael E. Wills -
Though eager to head home, the young crew of the Viking ship Eagle are tasked with carrying a message to the land of ...Read Review
By Conn Iggulden -
Published 2017Published 2018Published 2018-05-01
Dunstan was an Abbot of Glastonbury, later Archbishop of Canterbury, and was probably born somewhere between AD 910 and AD 920 in Somerset (we don’...Read Review
By Terry Deary -
10th century, Maidstone, Kent. This tale is based on a true story of a starving shepherd boy, Edward Medway, who, one winter, cut ...Read Review
By Eric Schumacher -
Very rarely does one come across a book written about the man remembered as Hakon the Good or Hakon Adalsteinsfostre. As Mr Schumacher ...Read Review
By Bernard Cornwell -
Though a fragile peace exists between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Britain and the last Norse-held kingdom of Northumbria, Uhtred begins his campaign to ...Read Review
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