Of Kings and Half Kings : A Novel of 942
Edmund of the English, the aged Constantin of Scotland, Anlaf Sihtriccson of York, Idwal of Gwynedd, Hywel of the South Welsh. The year is 942 and the treaty of Eamont in 927 and the recent battle of Brunanburh in 937 have inflicted an uneasy calm on the lands of the British Isles. The fledgling England, Scotland, Strathclyde, the warring Welsh kingdoms and the Viking stronghold of Dublin are held firmly apart. Or are they? Hinged on the power and resourcefulness of one man, Athelstan, first King of the English, his untimely death in late 939 has thrust his young half-brother onto the throne and the acquisitive eyes of Olaf Gothfrithson of Dublin, his close ally Anlaf Sihtricsson, Constantin of Scotland and Idwal of Gwynedd have turned once more to England's land and her people. Can Edmund hold England firm against the over-mighty men? Or will the greatest English victory at Brunanburh amount to nothing and fade into obscurity, to be forgotten by all? Told from the view points of the main protagonists, and covering the period from 939-942, Of Kings and Half Kings is an epic tale of the British Isles in the middle of the tenth century told through the eyes of King Edmund, Olaf Gothfrithson, Anlaf Sihtricsson, Constantin of the Scots, Athelstan the Ealdorman and Hywel of the South Welsh and Edmund's bid to hold England whole against men who want to rip her apart.
- Paperback | 214 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.45mm | 385.55g
- 05 Mar 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About M J Porter
Meet the author M J Porter is an author of historical fiction novels set in later (and now earlier) Anglo-Saxon England. A keen history student, M J Porter has just completed an MA in History with an emphasis on primary source material and the way information is transmitted through time. M J Porter also writes fantasy roughly based on Viking Age Iceland. M J Porter can be found on twitter @coloursofunison, on Facebook, at www.mjporter.moonfruit.com, www.dragonofunison.co.uk and www.earlsofmercia.co.uk. Books by M J Porter (in series reading order) The Earls of Mercia Ealdorman Ealdormen Swein: The Danish King (novella) Northman Part 1 Northman Part 2 Cnut: The Conqueror (novella) Wulfstan: An Anglo-Saxon Thegn (novella) The King's Earl Chronicles of the English Brunanburh Of Kings and Half-Kings The Second English King (March 2016) Gods and Kings Series Haedfeld Maserfeld (April 2016) Winwaed (coming later) The Dragon of Unison Series Purple Blue Green Red Black Silver Orange (coming soon) The Unknown Serial (young adult sci fi) Part 1 Part 2 Stand alone short story (young adult supernatural) Blue Sapphire"