The English Earl

Author: M. J. Porter
Publisher: Earls of Mercia
ISBN: 9781717854582
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The seventh book in the (main) Earls of Mercia series. England, November 1035. Cnut, the Danish king of England, is dead, his son and chosen heir, Harthacnut, fighting for the survival of Denmark against Magnus, usurper of Cnut's eldest son's rule of Norway. Cnut's Northern Empire of England, Denmark, Norway and Sweden is fragmented and in turmoil, and that's before news of his death even spreads. The queen dowager, Lady Emma, has the support of Earl Godwine to rule until her son, Harthacnut, can come to England to claim his inheritance. But there are problems. No one knows how long it will take Harthacnut to regain control of his father's Viking Empire, and the English will not allow themselves to be left abandoned in the meantime. Earl Leofric of Mercia, has long been an ally of Cnut's, but not always an ally of his wife, the queen dowager. And more, Cnut made concessions for his other surviving son, the result of his union with Lady Ælfgifu of Northampton in Mercia, and Earl Leofric must honour those, despite the queen dowager's determination to ignore the son's existence. As England once more faces the threat of external attack, should Magnus prevail in Denmark, Earl Leofric has important decisions to make. He has a long held grudge to settle with Earl Godwine of Wessex, Cnut's much-favoured earl, while ensuring his own family's survival. Earl Leofric is the only truly English Earl within England and Mercia is his to command. And the queen dowager should never be overlooked. In power for her entire adult life, she is desperate to retain her hold on the network of prestige she controls, little caring who she endangers along the way. The queen dowager has twice been England's queen. She has always had more than the one son she shared with Cnut, and her older sons are keen to exercise their own claim to wear England's crown. Harald, son of Cnut and Ælfgifu, Harthacnut, son of Cnut and Lady Emma, Edward and Alfred, sons of Lady Emma and King Æthelred II; four men with an equal, and valid claim to the English kingdom, but there is only one kingdom available. Who will prevail? This is the seventh book in the Earls of Mercia series (main series), charting the history of the House of Leofwine, the only noble family to hold power for over a century in the turbulent final years of Anglo-Saxon England, a feat not even accomplished by the ruling English House of Wessex or the ruling Danish/English House of Swein Forkbeard. The Earls of Mercia Series Reading Order Viking Sword Viking Enemy Northman Part 1 Swein: The Danish King (side story) Northman Part 2 Wulfstan: An Anglo-Saxon Thegn (side story) The King's Earl Cnut: The Conqueror (side story) The Earl of Mercia The English Earl

1066 A Novel

Author: Mike Bryant
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1430312890
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"When the long-haired star appeared in the heavens a week and a day after Easter in the year of Our Lord 1066, all God-fearing men knew that it was meant to portend some great event in the history of mankind." Thus begins the novel 1066, which records "the hitherto undiscovered recollections of Oswulf the Englishman" to chronicle the Norman conquest of England. This carefully researched work depicts in vivid detail an era characterized as much by intense piety as by brutal violence. It is a world peopled by Vikings and saints, popes and warriors, and by such historical personages as Macbeth and Lady Godiva. One of the great turning points of Western history, the Conquest is also a gripping human tale of passion, heroism, victory and defeat.

The Anglo Saxons

Author: James Campbell
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780140143959
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Traces the history of England from the end of Roman rule to the Norman Conquest