Book 2 of Finn's Legacy which featured on BBC's World Book Night segment.
Do you have a lively interest in history? This is a story which, while faithful to historical fact, goes beyond dates and battles to describe the way in which ordinary people lived, loved, and died in tumultuous times in our history.
ABOUT THE BOOK In a panoramic novel against a backdrop of violence and political turbulence in the eleventh century, Ivar, a Danish orphan is enslaved to the most successful and experienced soldier of the age. He eventually becomes one of the elite bodyguard of the Emperor of Turkey. Meanwhile his distant relative, Torkil, the grandson of an Anglo Norse thayne, advances his military career in the service of Harold Godwinson.
History dictates that one day the two warriors, caught up in the maelstrom of treachery, carnage, greed, lust and loyalty, will meet. When they do, there are devastating results for one of them, his king and his country.
The crown of England was the most contested in all Europe; on the death of Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwinsson took possession of it. In 1066 two other claimants to the throne, a Norwegian and a Norman tried to wrest it from him. This is the story of Ivar, Torkil and the three kings they served.
EXCERPT Ivar, the old grey-haired warrior, sat patiently on his horse waiting for three trumpet blasts which would call him to action, but he knew that, though he was in full armour, he might have a long wait before he was required by the commander. He had volunteered to be in the reserve cavalry. All the young bloods wanted to be in the first attack for fame and glory. Fame and glory!
ABOUT THE CHARACTERS At the age of sixteen Torkil inherited the estate of his grandfather. An idle and spoilt boy, he was reluctantly moulded by his overprotective mother to take responsibility for his estate. The prosperity and security of his isolated community was shattered by the death and mayhem caused by the Saxon Earl Harold. Torkil was then thrust into the forefront of a naval confrontation between the Earl and the King of England. It was a life changing experience which led the boy into manhood as a warrior.
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