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England's Martyr by Alfred Read

England's Martyr

by Alfred Read

696 pages
The future King of England, Edmund Ironside, fights to not only defend his people but also save his father from his troubled past and those who seek to manipulate him for their own ends.

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About the Book
1010 AD: England is dying, its people brutalised and its lands ravaged by wave after wave of Norse invaders. King Æthelred does little but sit on his throne, haunted by his own troubled past and incapable of action. When the infamous "jomsviking", Thorkell the Tall, lands on his shores with an unprecedentedly vast horde, Æthelred predictably struggles to find a solution, preferring instead to fixate on supposed slights and schemes set in motion by his manipulative advisers.

As his kingdom reels under Thorkell's assault, Æthelred only becomes more unstable, finding his nights plagued by dreams of his murdered half-brother, the martyred King Edward, and those he believes hold him responsible for his death. Seeing enemies everywhere, Æthelred lurches from calamity to calamity, compelling his sons, the noble Æthelstan and Edmund, to act against him for the good of the realm.

Unbeknownst to the two brothers, their father's dreams are far more than they appear, holding the secret to his own salvation and a part yet to be played by a mysterious hero who is himself unaware of his role in what's to come.

 

 

About the Author
Alfred Read is a former political correspondent turned author of historical fiction. He holds a degree in journalism and master's degrees in human rights and global politics. Over the years he's developed a keen interest in history, most particularly the Anglo Saxon period of his native England.

 

 

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