Ever wondered what might have happened if William the Conqueror had been beaten at Hastings? Or if Harald Hardrada had won at Stamford Bridge? Or if Edward the Confessor had died with an heir ready to take his place? Then here is the perfect set of stories for you. 1066 Turned Upside Down explores a variety of ways in which the momentous year of 1066 could have played out differently.
Written by nine well-known authors to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the stories will take you on a journey through the wonderful ‘what ifs’ of England’s most famous year in history.
My story concerns the Mercians, Earls Edwin and Morcar and the battle of Fulford, and an elderly Lady Godiva has a cameo!
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"Loyalty breaks as easily as a silken thread."
Misplaced trust, power hunger, emotional blackmail, and greed haunt twelve characters from post-Roman Britain to the present day. And betrayal by family, lover, comrade can be even more devastating.
Read twelve tales of Betrayal by twelve accomplished writers who explore these historical yet timeless challenges.
My story features characters from Alvar the Kingmaker and tells of childhood friends Dunstan and Alyeva, whose relationship suffers when a royal murder is committed.
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Exile: a risky defiance, a perilous journey, a family’s tragic choice – or an individual’s final gamble to live. Exile: voluntary or enforced, a falling-out between friends, a lost first love, a prejudiced betrayal – or the only way to survive persecution?
In this historical fiction anthology thirteen authors (they are not superstitious!) have written exclusive short stories on the theme of exile. Some are based on true history, others are speculative fiction. All mine the depths of human emotions: fear, hope, love, and the fortitude to survive.
My story tells of Ealdgyth, daughter of a Mercian earl, twice a queen, once of Wales and once of England. What secret does she carry with her into exile? (Lady Godiva once again has a cameo!)
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In 2023, Hodder & Stoughton published Kings and Queens: 1200 Years of English and British Monarchs, edited by Iain Dale and presenting chapters on every monarch from Alfred the Great to Charles III.
My chapter explores the reign of a lesser-known tenth-century king, Eadred, and the ending of the Viking kingdom of York.
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