Posts Tagged ‘Historical Fiction’
Matilda, a twelfth-century Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and daughter of Henry I, is twenty-four years old and a widowMonday, February 24th, 2020
Dung Beetles of Liberia
Daniel V. Meier Jr.
Adventure, Historical Fiction
on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in
Liberia in 1961.
Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence
of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother’s death. His sudden decision
to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family,
his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his
fiancee. His destination: Liberia – The richest country in Africa
both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.
could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live
through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he
understands very little of what is considered normal, where the
dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no
into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He
witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian “Country
People” and the “Congo People” also known as
Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe’s American
Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the
1800’s have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the
Dan Meier describes Ken’s many escapades, spanning from horrifying to
whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately
describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which
the poor are being buried.
a novel that will stay will you long after the last word has been
retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr.
has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he
studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and
American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In
1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice
Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal
as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several
and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of
Annapolis and when he’s not writing, they spend their summers sailing
on the Chesapeake Bay.
Women’s Historical Fiction
1957 jobs are scarce in rural Ashland, Alabama. Bobby Higgins is
facing life decisions; his family’s farm struggles and threat of
the draft hangs over 18-year-old males as the Cold War rumbles in the
distance. Bobby heads off to boot camp, vowing to provide for his
family from his pay. Between shore and sea duty, Bobby leaves broken
hearts in every port. When his own heart is stolen by Rose, he’s
shocked to learn that she comes with four daughters, a package deal
he’s unsure he wants. But when Rose disappears, Bobby finds her and
persuades her to marry him. Somehow they navigate their way through
the trials of marriage and parenting as he fulfills his patriotic
career and his promise to raise four willful daughters. In the spring
of 2004, his daughters are brought together by grief. They forge new
bonds, sharing their joys, losses, regrets, and ultimately family
secrets that will seal all their fates…if they can summon the
courage to report for duty.
affair with words manifested when she turned four and taught herself
to read. As she grew older, books and reading were an escape from
responsibility. As the oldest daughter in a transient Navy
family, words fed her imagination to embrace adventure and magical
worlds. Kat was drawn to the strength of little girls in The
Little Princess and The
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From running half marathons to being the sickest person in the hospital, Maria Papalia-Meier fought the river of death, and wonWednesday, August 7th, 2019
am a Runner:
Memoirs of a Sepsis Survivor
Maria Papalia-Meier & Pamela Ackerson
never be able to run again.”
running half marathons to being the sickest person in the hospital,
Maria Papalia-Meier fought the river of death, and won.
changing moments, amputations, and negative thoughts refused to keep
her down. With her rock-hard stubbornness, positive self-empowerment
and persistence, she grabbed hope and unflinching faith to face the
life handed to her. Her story offers an honest, tough-love approach
to defeating pre-determined opinions, and self-imposed limitations.
She refused to give up or give in.
Papalia-Meier is a runner. She has awoken stronger…better.
is her story.
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is a fighter. She may have been KO’d, and down for the count, but she
proved them wrong. I
am a Runner is
about surviving sepsis, a coma, and amputation. Maria has a BBA
with an emphasis in Human Resources, and has worked for Fed-Ex for
twenty years. As an athlete she has many accomplishments. Before her
battle with the river of death she’d competed and ran in multiple
5K’s. She was told she’d never run again. She proved the naysayers
wrong. Her athletic accomplishments include running in a 5K, and a
mother, author, and time traveling adventurer. Born and raised in
Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pamela
now lives on the Space Coast of Florida, a hop, skip, and jump from
Orlando, where imagination and fantasy abounds. With the love of
reading, she graduated to writing non-fiction, historical fiction,
time travel, and children’s preschool/first reader books.
and against all odds, Amulek and Tabitha’s arranged marriage has turned into
one based on love. Their little family is thriving and life seems to be better
than they could have ever hoped for.
lifestyle, Tabitha feels as if something is missing. A part of her yearns for
something she cannot see, something to fill the hole inside of her heart.
However, no matter where she turns, she cannot find the cure, until she becomes
intrigued by a man preaching of God in the town square.
wealthy man in the city of Ammonihah seems to grow by the day. His farm is
flourishing and his family is healthy and happy. Everything he ever wanted is
in his hands. But when the Lord he has ignored for years, tells Amulek he is
not only to house a chosen prophet of God, but travel with him to preach
repentance to the people, Amulek’s idyllic life is thrown into turmoil.
peers, Amulek’s change of heart brings his entire family into danger. Before
they are ready, their new found faith is thrown directly into the refiner’s
fire. It seems as if they will lose everything if they stand firm in their
beliefs and follow the plan God has for them. Is what they will gain worth the
Historical Fiction Romance. Each book is a stand alone story and can be read in
husband by day and avid reader and writer by night. She loves her father in
heaven and is active in her church. She graduated from BYU with a degree in
Creative Writing and now resides with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
- What is your favorite color?
Blue and grey. I love the ocean and those colors remind me of it.
- Favorite holiday?
The one where I get a nap! 😉
- Most embarrassing moment?
Oh geez, let me see if I can keep this short. I worked in the kitchens of the MTC in provo during my years at BYU. One time we threw away a TON of cream of wheat into a single garbage can. When I went to take it outside, I couldn’t lift the garbage into the compactor. Well, being the strong independent woman I was, I refused to go in and ask for help. So I leaned the lip of the garbage against the compactor and then hefted it up from the bottom wheels. When I got it up, I shook it hard to release the bag of garbage. The problem? The wheels weren’t attached! So the whole garbage can slid into the compactor. As I stood there in shock, another worker, a boy, came out. Much to my embarrassment, we ended up climbing into the compactor together, slipping and sliding in all that nasty gunk (don’t even ask how it smelled!) to retrieve the can. Just as we climbed out a delivery truck arrived, allowing even more people to see my humiliation. *forehead slap* I’ll never forget that day. It’s burned into my memory with a laser!
- Dream vacation?
Ooh. I love the ocean and heat. So anywhere tropical. Hawaii has been a favorite so far, but I’m open to anywhere warm and sandy with a great pina colada!
- Something unique about you?
Hmm… I’m not a terribly interesting person, but I can say that I was an opera major at college! I studied Vocal Performance in opera/classical music for 3 years before I got married and had to leave BYU. I ended up finishing my degree online with a Creative Writing degree, which is how I ended up as an author. But I still sing on the side.
- What one food will you NOT eat?
Oysters or snails. *cue shiver* can’t do it. Nope, nope, nope.
- All-time favorite book?
Okay, that’s hard. I have favorite books in completely separate genres that I adore! But I will say that I have one book I read over and over again. It’s called “A Kiss with Scandal” and it’s by Janelle Daniels. I LOVE books full of romance and kissing, with some action on the side. And this book delivers that.
- Writing snack of choice?
I actually don’t snack while I write. But it’s not uncommon for me to treat myself to something sweet and chocolate when I’m done!
- Top hobby you do when not writing?
Back to the singing. I perform some and I dabble in arranging and writing, so that’s definitely where I head when I’m not on the computer.
- Favorite Animal?
Baby animals. Anything cute and fluffy and little. 🙂
Mary Queen of the Scots tells Mary’s true story, focusing primarily on her reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her timeMonday, July 8th, 2019
Queen of the Scots: The Forgotten Reign
Legendary Women of World History Book 3
Laurel A. Rockefeller
Mary Stuart was one of the most beloved and controversial women in
Scottish history. The granddaughter of King James IV and his wife
Margaret Tudor, Queen Mary’s status as heiress-apparent to Queen
Elizabeth’s throne in England paired with the violence of the
Scottish Reformation set the stage for one of the most dramatic and
poorly understood lives of the 16th century.
Queen of the Scots tells Mary’s true story, focusing primarily on her
reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death
and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her
a detailed timeline, a list of Latin prayers with their English
translations, and the lyrics to all four featured period songs
performed in the book.
in 6 languages!**
raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller
is author of over twenty-five books published and self-published
since August, 2012 with editions spanning across ten languages and
counting. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms.
Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history
books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels,
traveling to historic places, and watching classic motion pictures
and classic television series. Favorites: Star
Who, and Babylon
Time Travel WesternÂ
a time traveling Texas Ranger supposed to do?
Houston is being harassed by a ghost. Trouble is brewing and her name
is Margarite. She’s an unrelenting force determined to get his
attention. It may be too late for her, but if she could get him to
listen, she may be able to save some lives.
story of unrequited love, the power of healing, and the embracing
need to never give up. Unforgettable moments and unforgettable
characters will tug at the heartstrings with a myriad of
Ghost is a touching story brimming with down-home Texas charm.
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mother, author, and time traveling adventurer. Born and raised in
Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pamela Ackerson now lives
on the Space Coast of Florida, a hop, skip, and jump from Orlando,
where imagination and fantasy abounds. With the love of reading, she
graduated to writing non-fiction, historical fiction, time travel,
and children’s preschool/first reader books.
VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh
Legendary Women of World History 9
Laurel A. Rockefeller
exciting true story of Egypt’s most famous queen!
Thea Philopator refused to do what she was told. In an age where
patriarchy denied full citizenship to even the most elite of Roman
women, Cleopatra ruled her Egypt determined to keep it independent
and free from Roman control — at any price necessary. Demonized as a
simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future
Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved
herself the equal to three of the most powerful men of the Roman
world: Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, and Octavian Caesar.
a detailed timeline, suggested reading list/bibliography, and a
special Easter egg for Doctor Who fans.
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raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller
is author of over twenty books published and self-published since
August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to
Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and
biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education
and improving history literacy worldwide.Â
her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as
they are informative.
her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels,
attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in
both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic
motion pictures and classic television series.
â€œBerlin Butterflyâ€ series, is a story of life, love, survival and the struggle of living through the dark early years of the Berlin WallMonday, November 19th, 2018
Bethany Swafford dazzles with her stunning young adult debut, introducing a strong heroine, the hardships of frontier life, shocking twists, and a slow-burning romanceMonday, November 12th, 2018
In 1874, Ivy Steele’s deafness is more than a handicap. It’s a disease. Surrounded by a family that doesn’t understand her, she’s learned to cope and find solace where she can. Then, the unexpected happens. Her aunt dies, and her uncle sends her away to rejoin her father’s family in Montana.Left to fend for herself, after the companion hired to escort her abandons her, sixteen-year-old Ivy faces continual hardship and danger. Several men see an unaccompanied Ivy as a flower ripe for the picking, and things only get worse when masked men hold up their stagecoach.
Barely scraping through, Ivy makes it to Montana with her nerves shaken and what little money she has in her boot. Expecting a peaceful if not affectionate welcome, Ivy finds herself in greater hardship than she’s ever known.
Surrounded by a stepfamily that hates her, and flung into a life where hearing is vital, Ivy finds solace in a handsome cowboy named Remy. But things with her new family are not what they seem. And Ivy is about to find out that the danger she faced on the journey west, has followed her to Montana…
Bethany Swafford dazzles with her stunning young adult debut, introducing a strong heroine, the hardships of frontier life, shocking twists, and a slow-burning romance that will leave you wanting more.
Third place winner of the 2018 Rosemary Award
Top Ten List
Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2018
- Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack
- My Sisterâ€™s Intended by Rachel Anderson
- The Weaverâ€™s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
- Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden
- Murder of Half Moon Gate by Andrea Penrose
- A Dangerous Debut by Wendy May Andrews
- Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
- Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
- A Ladyâ€™s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman
- Murder at Ochre Court by Alyssa Maxwell
A rash love affair with a member of the Irish Mafia catapults Luna Mulkerrins into scandal, murder, scorn and decadent friendshipsThursday, October 25th, 2018
of the Gates
the gates of perception be bypassed?
rash love affair with a member of the Irish Mafia catapults Luna
Mulkerrins into scandal, murder, scorn and decadent friendships in
Ragtime Manhattan. Escaping from the blaze of publicity, a new Luna
emerges: Blythe of the Seven Gates. Her meteoric rise as a magician
leads to fame, vaudeville, silent movies and the notoriety of a
damaging court case. Can Luna reclaim her reputation and reinvent
herself as an independent woman of the time?
Leah Erickson, author of The Brambles, winner of the Crime Fiction
award from the IPA.
Erickson is the author of the novel “The Brambles” (2017)
and “Blythe of the Gates.” She is the recipient of the 2018
Independent Press Award and the Independent Book Award. Her short
fiction has appeared in many magazines and journals in print and
online, including The Fabulist, Pantheon Magazine, The Saint Ann’s
Review, Eclectica, The Coachella Review, and many more. She lives
near Newport, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.
Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesnâ€™t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew sheâ€™d write a book some day. Â Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales. Â When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom. Â As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what sheâ€™d started.
Morganâ€™s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
â€œMiguel! I knew you would come for me!â€ At these words Miguel lost all tracesÂ of uncertainty as he knelt before the blonde woman, taking her hand and kissingÂ it gently.
without success to knock Elisaâ€™s hand away. Her spectral form could do nothingÂ here.
Aeonian needs to learn to control her bloodlust, find her missing husband, and return to raise their sonWednesday, March 7th, 2018
Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesn’t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew she’d write a book some day. Â Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales. Â When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom. Â As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what she’d started.
Morgan’s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Mikhael stood in the darkness, adjusting the sails of the tiny fishing boat, and enjoying his moment of peace and quiet. Enjoying the rise and fall of the waves, the feel of the ocean spray on his skin. Enjoying being alone. As alone as he ever was, anyway. Elisa was busy working some political party back in town, and Theron was preoccupied watching her, coaching her on what to say. It was late, and Mikhael had managed to plead that he needed to rise early to attend to business in the morning before Theron or Elisa could protest. His excuses made to the host and fellow guests, they had no choice but to let him go.
Feeling daring, he had commandeered a small sailboat and set out into the bay. The nightly catatumbo lightning storm brewed in the distance; it would be a few hours before he would need to change direction to avoid it. Mikhael had no fear for his own life, but he did wish to return the boat in one piece; he did not want to deprive some small family of their only means of income.
He inhaled deeply, tasting the salt in the air and feeling a clean breeze sweep down from the shore, caressing his shoulders as it passed and swirled about. Smiling, Mikhael closed his eyes and gave himself up to his other senses, adjusting automatically to the rise and fall of the boat beneath him. Sailing relaxed him like nothing else he had experienced. It was peaceful. He could almost imagine that he did not remain a prisoner, a puppet of some twisted master, that he didnâ€™t live by stealing the lives of others. He could almost believe that he hadnâ€™t spent his entire remembered existence with a woman he merely tolerated, while longing for a specter who he wasnâ€™t sure had ever really been.
The thought of the dark-haired angel who haunted his memories turned his mind to the pendant he always kept on his person. Often, throughout the years, he had longed to rid himself of the thing nearly as strongly as he longed to throw off the ropes of Theron and Elisa, cords that existed only to control him. But this stone â€” what had it ever asked of him? How had it ever tried to control him? Many times he had held it out over the sea, needing only to twitch his hand and let it slip into the deep, but he could not. That such a small, insignificant little bit of rock could hold such sway over him galled him. As though it called to him, he reached into a pocket and pulled it out.
Opening his eyes, he looked at the pendant in its diamond-studded setting. What he really wanted, what he hoped for when he was being honest with himself, was that someday she would reappear. But she had not. Not for years. Not since that first time, the only time.
â€œWhat power do you have over me?â€ he whispered into the night, touching the stone gently.
â€œThe same you hold over me,â€ a voice whispered in the wind. Startled, Mikhael dropped into a crouch and looked around, searching for the speaker who had no scent and made no noise. When he found nothing, the thought crept into his mind that he had simply imagined an answer from the flapping of the sail, the crash of the waves, and the caress of the wind. A little irritated at himself, he sat down, leaning against the side of the boat.
â€œNot only can I not rid myself of you, now I think youâ€™re speaking to me,â€ Mikhael said ruefully to the trinket. Sighing, he leaned his head back and gazed up at the stars. â€œPerhaps I am finally going mad.â€
â€œI have sometimes wondered if immortals ever went mad,â€ the quiet voice replied.
â€œI think you are the proof of it,â€ Mikhael responded with a smile, his gaze still on the stars.
â€œNo more than you are,â€ came the enigmatic reply.
â€œWhat do you mean by that?â€ he asked. He decided he liked the voice; it was feminine, sure, and beautiful. If he had to hallucinate, he was glad it was pleasant.
â€œIf I am your madness, then you are mine.â€ The voice had a smile in it. Mikhael closed his eyes and the dark-haired angel appeared in his mind. Yes, he thought, the voice matches you.
of the Raven
of Kings Volume 1
of the Mercian king, is changed forever when his family is betrayed
to the Danes by his treacherous uncle. In a devastating Danish raid,
his father is killed, his mother raped, and along with his tutor and
childhood friend, Eadwulf is captured and taken to the Danish lands
to be sold as a slave.
Eadwulfâ€™s life is hard, his days unbearably long. But on the return
of Ragnarâ€™s eldest son, Bjorn, from his summer raids, his life
begins to change. Eadwulf spends the next few years aboard Bjornâ€™s
beloved dragonship, sailing to places heâ€™d never dreamed of,
trading and raiding. And although still a slave, he becomes a
well-respected member of Bjornâ€™s closely knit crew. Yet through it
all, the smouldering desire for revenge on those who destroyed his
family refuses to abate.
backdrop of events unfolding in Wessex in the face of increasing
Danish raids. Alfred, the youngest son of the Wessex king, faces
family tragedies from an early age, losing first his mother, then his
beloved sister when she is married to the new Mercian king: Eadwulfâ€™s
treacherous uncle. At his fatherâ€™s court and the successive courts
of his elder brothers, he learns the weighty art of kingship. And,
like Eadwulf, he learns the harshest lesson of all â€¦ that a trusted
kinsman can so easily turn traitor.
Excerpt from Shadow of the Raven
The snorting and stomping of the horses was the first indication that anything was amiss, then the panicked shouts; the reek of smoke assailing their nostrils only moments later. They hurtled to the stable door, aware that it could take barely minutes for wood and thatch to burn to a crisp, and reeled in horror. Searing waves of heat smacked into them. The hall was ablaze, its heavy thatch ready to collapse; angry red flames lashed at the wood-planked walls. People collided with each other, precious water slopping from their pails as they raced to quell the towering flames. Yapping, terrified dogs added to the pandemonium.
Sigehelm crossed himself, uttering a prayer for anyone trapped inside the blazing hall. â€˜Eadwulf; Aethelnoth; stay close to me,â€™ he ordered, grabbing Aethelnothâ€™s arm as the boy turned to lead the horses to safety. â€˜The stables are far enough away to be safe for now. If need be, Iâ€™ll loose the horses when youâ€™re both safe with Morwenna. But may the Lord help these other buildings. The kitchens will probably soon be ablaze. We must hurry. I must help to fetch water.â€™
It was then that the Danes struck.
Yowling men stampeded through the palisadeâ€™s main gate, their entrance unchallenged as people fought to control the blaze. Yet they had needed neither to burn down nor scale the palisade wall. The gates must have already been open â€“ despite Thrydwulfâ€™s insistence that they be kept locked and guarded.
Frenzied screams escalated. Sigehelm yanked Eadwulf and Aethelnoth behind the kitchens and, stooping low, they headed for the womenâ€™s bower. Suddenly Eadwulf froze. Burgred stood outside the bowerâ€™s door â€“ and something about that was so very wrong.
â€˜Eadwulf, in Godâ€™s name, child, we cannot stand and stare. We must reach your mother and try to flee from the manor.â€™
â€˜Burgredâ€™s a traitor, Sigehelm! He was meeting them in the woods. And he must have started the fire: the hall was ablaze before the Danes came through the gate. He must have opened that for them too. . .â€™
of Kings Volume 2
of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia continues to unfold against the ever
increasing threat of Danish raids. After years as a slave to the
Danes, Eadwulf has returned to his Mercian homeland and settles to a
life of calm domesticity, marred only by his incessant desire for
revenge. His frequent absences from his new home, connected to his
past life, threaten to destroy the relationships he has fostered and
alienate the family he has come to love.
spent his childhood at the successive courts of his father and four
older brothers, learning the skills of diplomacy and leadership.
Before too long those skills will be put to the testâ€¦
kingdoms is merciless and relentless. Every year more Norse ships
come to join their comrades in a quest to plunder for wealth and gain
control over the people. The Danes take kingdom after kingdom and
Alfred and his brother Aethelred wait with baited breath for them to
set their sights on Wessex. By 869, their worst fear is realised.
objects of his revenge.
Excerpt from Pit of Vipers
Preparing to do battleâ€¦
Alfred moved along his own front line, noting that most of the fyrd carried spears, though the pitchforks and staffs amongst them would not fare well against the heavy swords and battle axes of the foe. Body armour was light. Some wore leather jerkins, others thinly quilted gambesons, and most heads were protected by a leather helmet. Better than nothing, he thought grimly, acutely aware of the protective qualities of his own mailshirt and helm.
â€˜On my order, the front line becomes an impenetrable wall of tightly locked shields,â€™ he shouted above the clamour for the benefit of the new recruits. â€˜Shields overlap, left over right.â€™ His arm swung round to the sides. â€˜You five men at each end of the lines â€“ and those at the back â€“ will do likewise if need be. And should a man in the line in front of you fall, you step over his body and take his place…
â€˜Youâ€™ll be fighting for your lives, not mourning the dead!â€™ he snapped at the appalled faces, â€˜as well as the lives of the men around you. Thrust and stab through the gaps between the shields with your weapons. Aim for exposed flesh â€“ face, legs, even spaces between armour covering chest, belly, or groin. Your purpose is to kill or maim.â€™ He swept the men with a commanding stare. â€˜We fight as an ordered unit, and no oneÂ leaves that formation unless the wall becomes irrevocably destroyed. Only then do we resort to individual combat. Is all of that clear?â€™
Alfred took his position at the centre of the front line, between two experienced warriors, Ealdormen Wybert and Unwine.
The racket abruptly ceased. Warriors stood rigid, muscles flexed for the opening strike, the onslaught of spears and javelins. But no missiles flew. Instead, the two men Alfred had identified as â€˜kingsâ€™ stepped forward a pace.
â€˜So, greatÂ king,Â we meet at last,â€™ the less burly of the two yelled, his eyes scanning the Saxon forces to locate the Saxon king. â€˜We were not introduced at Nottingham. Pity, I like to know the face of my enemy. Wherever youâ€™re hiding in the midst of your piss-poor army, I urge you to look closely at what you confront. We are double your number and hold the higher ground. Surrender â€“ or by nightfall your carcases will feed the scavengers!â€™
history teacher with a degree in geology and a passion for the Anglo
Saxon period. Since retiring a few years ago, she has been indulging
this passion by writing her historical fiction trilogy, Sons of
Kings, of which she is currently writing Book 3. Millie has also
become very fond of writing flash fiction, something that developed
from joining in with various challenges on WordPress. As a
consequence, she has also recently published a book of 85 flash
fiction pieces of 100 to 1,000 words, entitled A Dash of Flash.
children, and after living in a number of places in England, she and
her husband now live in a small village in Nottinghamshire. When not
writing, Mille enjoys long walks in the countryside and visiting
historic sites and re-enactments. She is also an avid traveller,
swimmer and baker of cakes! Originally from the seaside town of
Southport in Lancashire, she still misses the smell of the sea.
Loving the book