Edwin: High King of Britain
Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Nothumbria, EnglandIn 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin’s usurper. As Edwin... show more
Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Nothumbria, EnglandIn 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin’s usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious fi gure—the missionary Paulinus— who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point.Th rough battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life.Th is turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving fi rst to pillage, then to farm and trade—and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.Th e dramatic story of Northumbria’s Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English.
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: The Northumbrian Thrones (#1)
I love reading historical fiction in order to learn about history I would have never otherwise be exposed to. This first installment of The Northumbrian Thrones did just that. Telling the story of Edwin, the King who united Britain in the 600's among a land divided by many rulers and religions. E...
Set in the 600s AD in what would some day be called England, the various small kingdoms jokey for supremacy. We enter the story with Edwin, who is a grown man with a deceased wife and two sons. He has also lost his father and his kingdom to the never ceasing political intrigues and warring kingdoms....
This skillfully constructed story resurrects Edwin, High King of Britain, from the 7th century. The reader is introduced to Edwin in a seemingly impossible situation. He is in exile at the court of a supposed friend when he learns that his life has been sold to the man who already stole his kingdom....