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Brainbiter by Jack Ogden
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In 1066, William the Conqueror has triumphed at the battle of Hastings...but Saxon resistance has just begun. This book, based on the surviving 12th century manuscript "de Gestis Herewardi Saxoni", traces the fortunes of the warrior Hereward the Wake as he is banished from his village of Brunn for his rash anarchic ways, to sell his skills as a mercenary. Then, as an outlaw he helps organise the great resistance at Ely, before returning to claim the lands the Normans had seized from his family. His biographer is the pensive and sometimes reluctant priest Leofric who becomes embroiled in the shipwrecks, battles and bloodshed when he vows to help his friend and seek salvation for his own guilt-ridden soul.This is a well-researched adventure story that recreates all the feudalism, brutality and superstition of medieval society in the days of Norman and Saxon enmity. It also raises 'big' questions about the nature of faith, revenge and mercy. It is a well-crafted, exciting and often subtly humorous tale. Imagine George MacDonald Fraser re-writing "Robin Hood".
Release date NZ
June 11th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pen Press Publishers
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