Travel back to a time where fact weaves freely with fiction, to a land of warring kings and battling religions in this completely captivating slice of historical fiction. It really doesn't feel as though the author has overly embellished this historical tale; instead he skilfully brings these people, their fears, thoughts and their gods to life with a raw realism. There are occasions when years are skipped, making you curious about these voids in history and ensuring that the tale that is revealed contains more intensity and depth. The scheming, intrigue, mistakes and the very practicalities of survival during this time are not only clear to see, they are also felt…so watch, listen, learn and wonder at this tale of ‘Edwin: High King of Britain’. Knowing that Bernard Cornwell has endorsed this fascinating novel gives a sense of anticipation when you start to read, knowing there is more to come in the ‘Northumbrian Thrones’ series when you finish, leaves you eagerly waiting for the next tale to begin. ~ Liz Robinson
Northumbrian Thrones series:
Edwin is a king. Yet he is about to be betrayed and butchered. Edwin, the long-exiled king of Northumbria, thought he had found sanctuary at the court of King Raedwald - his friend, and now protector. But Raedwald faces the lure of riches and the threat of bloodshed, and Edwin fears that he will be abandoned to his enemies. As Edwin contemplates his fate, a mysterious messenger prophesies that he will ascend to greater heights than any of his forefathers. Can Edwin escape the fearsome warrior king who is calling for his blood? Do the Anglo-Saxon Gods of old, or the new God from across the sea, really have the power to raise Edwin above all other kings? This is the epic first book in The Northumbrian Thrones trilogy by Time Out journalist and historian Edoardo Albert.
|Publication date:||21st March 2014|
|Publisher:||Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 28/10/2021
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'Edwin: High King of Britain, brings to life the heroic age of our distant past, a splendid novel that leaves the reader wanting more.'
'A fast-paced and gripping tale, reclaiming one of our great national figures from the shadows of history.' -- Justin Hill
'Albert's offering is a highly entertaining and refreshing work of historical fiction thanks to his emphasis on the precarious intersection of religion and identity.' Publishers Weekly
Edoardo Albert is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Time Out, History Today and The Daily Telegraph, among other places. His book on the history and archaeology of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom was published in October 2012 by The History Press. Getting on his bike, he also edited the Time Out Cycle London Guide. Below is a Q&A with this author. 1. What first inspired you to write The Northumbrian Thrones series? Northumberland itself! My brother-in-law is an archaeologist and director of the Bamburgh Research Project (www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk) and back in the early 2000...More About Edoardo Albert