At school my history teacher glossed over the Battle of Hastings. His lesson suggested that the Normans were a superior people who conquered the barbaric Saxons and brought civilisation back to England. I have always inferred that what he meant was that the Romans had civilised Britain originally but that the Saxons had created a … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 3 – My version of the Battle of Hastings
On 14th October 1066 a Saxon army under the command of King Harold of England stood at Sentlache Ridge, some 7 miles north of Hastings. Duke Guillaume of Normandy led his army from the port to fight the decisive battle of the year. The Normans had invaded England on 28 September, but King Harold was … Continue reading The Battle of Hastings
Continuing on from the Battle of Fulford Gate I approached writing about the Battle of Stamford Bridge in exactly the same way. I had received many positive comments regarding how I had gone about describing the action. It seems that I had hit on a successful technique for describing both the action from the point … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 2 – My version of the Battle of Stamford Bridge
The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place only five days after the Battle of Fulford Gate. The Viking army, under King Harald Hardrada of Norway had won what appeared to be a decisive victory, destroying the Saxon’s Army of the North. Its leaders, the brothers Eorl Edwin of Mercia and Eorl Morcar of Northumbria had … Continue reading The Battle of Stamford Bridge
The fact is that most historical records are not complete. The veracity of what does remain can often be questioned. Although I did a lot of research for The War wolf it was with relatively few different sources. 1066 belongs to the period that used to be called the Dark Ages, a reference to the … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction – My version of the Battle of Fulford Gate
When Guillaume, Duke of Normandy, lands in England he is ignorant of the whereabouts of King Harold. Keen to bring the Saxons to battle the Normans capture Hastings and ravage the local area, enacting vile outrages on the local people. News of the invasion reaches Harold in York, even as he celebrates the Saxons greatest … Continue reading The Blade’s fell Blow: Read for FREE!
After the fateful Battle of Fulford Gate, Coenred is forced to take what warriors survive the slaughter and head for Tadcaster. He must leave Mildryth, the woman he has come to love, in York, a city now captured and ruled by the Vikings. Deserted by his lords, Edwin and Morcar, Coenred hopes to keep one … Continue reading For Rapture of Ravens: Read for FREE!
The Battle of Fulford Gate rarely appears as more than a footnote in English history, but it was the beginning of the end for the Saxons. While King Harold waited in London to answer the threat of the Norman invasion his traitorous brother, Tostig Godwinson, landed in the north. Tostig brought with him the largest … Continue reading The War Wolf: Read for FREE!
At long last I received the email that I have been waiting for from ‘acx’; The War Wolf has passed the final hurdle and has been turned into an audiobook! It has been a long process but the day has finally arrived. Of course, releasing a title into another medium has meant that I go … Continue reading The War Wolf is now an Audiobook
I was browsing through Facebook the other night and got a bit of a surprise. Okay, it is not really surprising to get a surprise from social media, I know, but this one was closer to home than anything else that I have encountered. It did not involved a cat or an example of stupid … Continue reading Well, That Looks a Bit Familiar!