The end of the battle is approaching. High Theign Athelwine has a decision to make. It is not going to be an easy one.
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Harald Hardrada was the most famous Viking of his day. His exploits were legendary and, it was claimed, that he had only ever lost one battle and that was when he was a boy and not a commander of men. Although Edwin and Morcar had seized the initiative and chosen the site of the battle, Hardrada thought quickly and set out his troops to best suit his own battleplan.
This is not a long piece but I think it is important. Not only does it explain the manoeuvres of the Norsemen from a military perspective it also allows for a vivid interaction between some of the key characters in their ranks.
I have been on Facebook for sometime now, so it seemed reasonable that I try their adverts to try and garner a greater interest in my books. I composed and advert with the intention of selling more copies of my epic fantasy, The Queen of the Mountain Kingdom. I dropped the price to $0.99. I set my budget to £20 and the advert to run over 4 days.
Although the politics are interesting I did not write this scene to explore them. Rather, I was interested in supposing what Harold's relationship with his new wife Eadgyth might have been like. Contemporary sources suggest that they were fond of each other, despite the political inspiration for their marriage.
My marketing exercise has passed its expiration point. I had set it to run from 10 - 14 February. The point of the exercise was to broaden my readership by offering the book, The Devil Within Us, for free. I paid for a promotion run with Just Kindle Books and arranged for the book to be free to download on the dates specified above. I invested $48 in the scheme.
This is the calm before the storm and the perfect place to start setting out the positions of the main players. I begin with the arrival in York of Coenred's brother huscarls, in particular Sigbert and Hereric. The opening scene introduces all of the warriors, Thrydwulf is a peasant who has made good through his martial prowess. Aethelmaer, Hengist, and Alfrid are younger men, the sons of lords, but true huscarls all the same. I enjoyed writing the banter between the elder and younger men, which continues into the following novels.
So why did King Hardrada of Norway invade England? This chapter gave me an opportunity to examine why the most famous Viking of his day risked everything to go to war against the Anglo-Saxons. In 1066 Harald Hardrada was entering the autumn of his life. He had worked hard to become rich and powerful and, most of all, the king of his people.
This chapter really falls into two halves. First, we see Mildryth in a domestic setting with her friend, Branda. I doubt that anyone would be surprised to know that Anglo-Saxon people enjoyed talking about what other people were up to; it is a very human activity enjoyed the world over. Although Mildryth is theign-worthy she … Continue reading The War Wolf – Let’s Read and Discuss 06