The Bleeding Land

The Bleeding Land

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England 1642: a nation divided. England is at war with itself. King Charles and Parliament each gather soldiers to their banners. Across the land men prepare to fight for their religious and political ideals. Civil war has begun. A family ripped asunder. The Rivers are landed gentry, and tradition dictates that their allegiance is to the King. Sir Francis' loyalty to the crown and his desire to protect his family will test them all. As the men march to war, so the women are left to defend their home against a ruthless enemy. Just as Edmund, the eldest of Sir Francis' sons, will do his duty, so his brother Tom will turn his back on all he once believed in... A war that will change everything. From the raising of the King's Standard at Nottingham to the butchery and blood of Edgehill, Edmund and Tom Rivers will each learn of honour, sacrifice, hatred and betrayal as they follow their chosen paths through this most savage of wars.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 40mm | 385.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B & W map
  • 055216240X
  • 9780552162401
  • 156,047

About Giles Kristian

Family history and his storytelling hero, Bernard Cornwell, inspired Giles Kristian to write his first novels, the acclaimed Raven Viking series. He's long been fascinated by the English Civil War - from absorbing the vibrant illustrations in school text books to appreciating the cold efficiency of Cromwell's New Model Army, admiring the flair of the Cavaliers and revelling in the romance of the doomed Royalist cause and it is this complex and brutal conflict that provides the backcloth to his new historical series, The Bleeding Land. Giles lives in Leicestershire. To find out more, visit www.gileskristian.comshow more

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"A brilliant read. As he did with his Raven novels, Kristian weaves a colourful, authentic world in which to set his tale...and he has done it with confidence and real flair. Full of tragedy and triumph, honour and treachery, The Bleeding Land is a thrilling tour-de-force" -- BEN KANE "Expertly plotted, full of passion and bloody drama...a book that will appeal to passionate, compassionate readers, men and women alike, fans of C J Sansom as much as fans of Conn Iggulden. Read it: you'll love every page" -- MANDA SCOTT "With powerful protagonists, a gripping story and rollicking action, I can strongly recommend this tour-de-force. Outstanding" -- ANTHONY RICHES "Giles Kristian has made an effortless transition from Viking warriors to the often tricky emotional landscape of the English Civil War. Visceral, brutal and genuinely moving, this is historical fiction at its thrilling best" -- SAUL DAVIDshow more

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"With powerful protagonists, a gripping story and rollicking action, I can strongly recommend this tour-de-force. Outstanding"show more

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A nation divided. King Charles and Parliament each gather soldiers to their banners. Across the land, men prepare to do battle for their religious and political ideals. A family ripped asunder. The Rivers are landed gentry, and their allegiance is to the Crown. As the men go to fight, so the women are left to defend their home. As Edmund, the eldest son, will do his duty to his king, so his brother Tom will turn his back on all he once believed in... A war that will change everything. From the raising of the Kingâs Standard at Nottingham Castle to the butchery of Edgehill, Edmund and Tom Rivers will each learn of honour, sacrifice, hatred and betrayal as they follow their chosen paths through the bloody chaos of civil war . . .show more

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347 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 33% (116)
4 35% (123)
3 22% (76)
2 6% (22)
1 3% (10)
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