Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


21.5.05
  Forged at the Fighting / In War to Defend

In the first half of the 10th century, kings strive to expand their realms, noble lords turn rebels, longships prowl the sea and raiders plunder the land, and the tribes outside the Christian world still walk in the shadows of the old gods. In these turbulent times, four siblings of a minor Saxon house have to fight for survival.

Athalard of Sichelstein inherits the family's lands, but also a bloodfeud that will drive him, hunted and haunted, to the borders of the inhabited world. Wittilo, monastery-educated but with a longing for arms and armour, will become involved in a civil war and must decide which oaths to keep. Ercenmar seeks a future of glory to find it will turn to ash when friends become enemies. Their sister Erelinda will have to face a sorcerous queen, but only if she can embrace her own power may she save the man she loves.

From the snow-topped mountains of Norway to the fertile plains at the Danube, from the swamps and forests of the Eastmarch to the isles west of Alba, battles are fought not only between kings and warlords, between friends and brothers; but also between the magic of the old faith and those who pray to the cross and the One God. The Sichelstein siblings have to decide where their allegiances lie and how to use the mysterious gift inherited from their father.

This one is in the planning stage.

The first book will bring the story to the battle of Brunanburh (937), the second to the battle on the Lechfeld (955)
 
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I'm a writer of Historical Fiction and Fantasy living in Germany. I got a MA in Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Linguistics and History, I'm interested in Archaeology and everything Roman and Mediaeval, an avid reader, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, and photographer.


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