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This skillfully constructed story resurrects Edwin, High King of Britain, from the 7th century The reader is introduced to Edwin in a seemingly impossible situation He is in exile at the court of a supposed friend when he learns that his life has been sold to the man who already stole his kingdom.From this inauspicious beginning, Edwin goes on to reclaim his kingdom of Northumbria and become High King of all the English kings This idea of a high king is one that most of those around him don t This skillfully constructed story resurrects Edwin, High King of Britain, from the 7th century The reader is introduced to Edwin in a seemingly impossible situation He is in exile at the court of a supposed friend when he learns that his life has been sold to the man who already stole his kingdom.From this inauspicious beginning, Edwin goes on to reclaim his kingdom of Northumbria and become High King of all the English kings This idea of a high king is one that most of those around him don t completely understand, but Edwin realizes that Britain must be united to survive Once his place is secure, he finds a bride who brings with her a Roman priest This leads to the biggest dilemma of Edwin s life When he decides whether or not to accept this new God in favor of the old gods, he decides for an entire nation.Though this novel tells the story of Edwin s entire reign, the focus is on his conversion to Christianity Many conversations take place between Edwin and the priest, Paulinus, which may disappoint some readers who were expectingin terms of battle and gore.Not that violence is in short supply He may become a Christian, but Edwin is first and foremost a warrior, who does not back away, even from impossible odds This novel turns into an odd combination of blood and piety, which I suppose is fitting for the time and the king that it is written about.A well researched novel that successfully brings to life and gives personality to those long dead, I recommend Edwin High King of Britain to anyone who is interested in learningabout this man, who in many ways was ahead of his time.I received this novel from NetGalley in return for an honest review Every now and again, I read a book that causes me anger Not anger at the book s contents or presentation Anger that the author wrote what I should have thought of first.Edwin, High King of Britain is one of those books Edoardo Albert s work here fits, technically, under the definition of historical fiction, though I would recommend a category of imaginative history for works like this one.Why Albert presents us with seventh century Britain as a living place This is a timeframe that we d Every now and again, I read a book that causes me anger Not anger at the book s contents or presentation Anger that the author wrote what I should have thought of first.Edwin, High King of Britain is one of those books Edoardo Albert s work here fits, technically, under the definition of historical fiction, though I would recommend a category of imaginative history for works like this one.Why Albert presents us with seventh century Britain as a living place This is a timeframe that we do not have many sources for the Venerable Bede s Ecclesiastical History being the main source for occurred in these years If we take Bede s historical work as accurate, then Albert s work is accurate on historical events He has woven in imaginative descriptions of what goes on between events Unlike a typical historical fiction book that is mostly fiction in an historical setting, this is mostly history with imagined events to bring it to life And bring it to life, he does Throughout Edwin, High King of Britain, we are introduced to warp and woof of Britain as we can know it His historical note at the end highlights the areas where he diverted from known facts and his justification for it The deviations are reasonable.Now, I d prefer not to give you too many details I can say that one thing you might hold as a criticism is the similarities in the behaviors of the Edwin and his people and how J.R.R Tolkien portrays the Riders of Rohan However, you must remember that Tolkien was an expert in early Anglo Saxons and early Britain It s not only reasonable for Edwin s Britons and others to seem like the Rohirrim, it s right for them to.Albert works through the intrigues and battles that characterized life in the seventh century British Isles Well, the main isle Ireland has not come into play yet It s gruesome at points Warfare often is, and a novelist is challenged to portray the reality while maintaining writing acceptable for his audience.All of this being said, I like this book It is the opening of a series, and I am curious to see if the series holds up in terms of quality, but I have high hopes This should find its way into your reading if you are interested in early Britain or if you like a good intrigue story A great read.Publisher provided a free book in exchange for this review Britain 604 AD Two centuries after departure of the legions Roman Britannia was gone its cities abandoned, the land divided into petty kingdoms under barbarian warlords vying for wealth, glory and power Christianity was a distant memory as the Britons were pushed out by the Anglo Saxons from across the sea, men who served gods that only loved those that died in battle In this land a lonely royal exile, Edwin, heir to the Northern Kingdom of Deira hears of a plot to betray him to the King who Britain 604 AD Two centuries after departure of the legions Roman Britannia was gone its cities abandoned, the land divided into petty kingdoms under barbarian warlords vying for wealth, glory and power Christianity was a distant memory as the Britons were pushed out by the Anglo Saxons from across the sea, men who served gods that only loved those that died in battle In this land a lonely royal exile, Edwin, heir to the Northern Kingdom of Deira hears of a plot to betray him to the King who killed his father and had sought his life for years Wandering on the moonlit coast, despairing of his life, Edwin is witness to a remarkable sign which would change his life and the course, and the future of a Kingdom.Since reading The Ecclesiastical History of the English People The Greater Chronicle Letter to Egbert a famous work of history by an eighth century monk Bede as a teenager I have been captivated by Edwin of Northumbria s story When I discovered a novel about him from a well known Christian publisher I snapped it up, and the effort of reading was well worth it Historian and archeologist Edoardo Albert is clearly familiar with the era, and has bought this story to life with beautiful description of a long departed landscape, and a richly detailed representation of the culture, customs and beliefs of the early Saxon people Warriors, feasting in the hall, listening to a bard singing tales of the gods and heroes of old, bound by promise of gold and sometimes bonds of loyalty to their lord Kings, the chief of warriors, givers of gold to the men who stood beside them on the shield wall on whose loyalty their very lives and kingdoms may depend In was in this world that Edwin rose to High King of Britain, conquering or gaining most of the Kings and Kingdoms around him with the strength of the sword, marriage or diplomacy Yet Edwin does not act entirely out of a desire for glory and fame, but a desire to unite his people He and his fellows are well drawn and believable characters, coming to terms with a changing world in which they were in many ways behind The Christian content and its impact on the lives of the people was well woven in with the characters of the King s young wife her Roman priest Paulinus, and his companion James With a will of Iron, and a pair of woolen drawers to ward off the freezing temperatures Paulinus preached the gospel amongst the pagan men Though it takes many years, Edwin eventually converts alongside his family, many of his people, and his pagan priest The presentation of the gospel message tailored to the pagan Saxons was intriguing and sensitive, yet not clich d or contrived My only complaints were some descriptions of the great fortress of Bamburgh which spoke of a garderobe and spiral staircaseat home in a twelfth century castle then a seventh century fortress, and some language that was a little too modern There is violence, as it was a violent age but no sex, which is a real plus considering many secular novels of this genre Christian readers may wish to note that there is some description of the pagan priest having convulsions, cursing people, and other manifestations I believe though that such things were known in ancient pagan religions, and are clearly regarded by the Christians as false and demonic It is the mark of a good writer indeed that I enjoyed this book so much despite knowing what happened to Edwin already from Bede Recommended for all those interested in the medieval period, the Vikings, the Anglo Saxons, and Conversion period, accurate, evocative historical fiction or those seeking something different I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review, and was not required to write a positive one I am absolutely thrilled with this story Outstanding read beyond any expectations I had for historical fiction And that says a lot right there for just how good this book is For a long time I have wanted to read about the rise of Christianity in certain parts of Britain and how it was brought about to the pagan people of its time And in this story it is really interesting how paganism and Christianity mixed among the people, how the people who are pagan convert and their thought process in d I am absolutely thrilled with this story Outstanding read beyond any expectations I had for historical fiction And that says a lot right there for just how good this book is For a long time I have wanted to read about the rise of Christianity in certain parts of Britain and how it was brought about to the pagan people of its time And in this story it is really interesting how paganism and Christianity mixed among the people, how the people who are pagan convert and their thought process in doing so I ve also wanted to knowabout the kings of the period and how they lived, fought and how the people lived among them What were their struggles, and their daily lives like This fast paced story has it all and muchI was completely immersed from the very beginning to the very end and not wanting to close the book I wanted to readabout these fascinating people and their lives I wanted to stay in the period in which this story is set This story is rich in historical detail of its culture and time Historical fiction at its best and as I understand it, there will be another book following this one.I will be greedily awaiting A must read www.layeredpages.com ( FREE DOWNLOAD ) ⚖ Edwin: High King of Britain ♃ Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Northumbria, EnglandInAD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin s usurper As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure the missionary Paulinus who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain It is a turning pointThrough battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long lifeThis turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven outThe dramatic story of Northumbria s Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English A Will and a Way EnglandInAD Something Terrible, Something Lovely Edwin النقد الذاتي بعد الهزيمة the deposed king of Northumbria Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Games Master Pack seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith Det svarta hjärtats vilja (Symbaroumsviten, Edwin s usurper As Edwin walks by the shore The Snow Queen - OBER - Grade 2 alone and at bay Farewell Gulsary he is confronted by a mysterious figure the missionary Paulinus who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain It is a turning pointThrough battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power Mated To The Vampire Clan in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith But Two Kinds of Love in these times The New Penguin Atlas of Recent History to be a king is not a recipe for a long lifeThis turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries Tactics arriving first to pillage Mrs Rosie and the Priest then to farm and trade and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven outThe dramatic story of Northumbria s Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation Vinterviken English as a language A Slip under the Microscope and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English 7 10 I m a big historical fiction fan and this was very well written and researched It tells the story of Edwin s rise to power in the 7th century and his conversion to Christianity, something I knew nothing about before The author did a great job bringing the history to life and it was a very enjoyable read.My only minor complaint is that is it heavily focused on Edwin s conversion to Christianity and it does skip over large time periods in his life Don t get me wrong the religious aspect 7 10 I m a big historical fiction fan and this was very well written and researched It tells the story of Edwin s rise to power in the 7th century and his conversion to Christianity, something I knew nothing about before The author did a great job bringing the history to life and it was a very enjoyable read.My only minor complaint is that is it heavily focused on Edwin s conversion to Christianity and it does skip over large time periods in his life Don t get me wrong the religious aspect was very well written I just felt it may have been emphasised at the expense of arounded recounting of his life.I have the second and third books in this series and I m looking forward to reading them too.I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review I won this book through first reads giveaway I really enjoyed reading about this period in English history that I know little of The author did a great job telling this very interesting story I found this time period of England very exciting and was neat reading about the rise in Christianity in England I look forward to reading the rest in this series. A second five star read for 2017 yay This book Oh my goodness, I ve got all the feels sobs What an amazing, beautiful, touching story, and to think that its based on true events and a true king, and ohhh huddles in a corner and weeps But this book, the first in a trilogy, was such a solid read, and really well written Edoardo Albert captured the era beautifully, and I was often left breathless by how well he was able to describe the religious, moral and cultural understandings of A second five star read for 2017 yay This book Oh my goodness, I ve got all the feels sobs What an amazing, beautiful, touching story, and to think that its based on true events and a true king, and ohhh huddles in a corner and weeps But this book, the first in a trilogy, was such a solid read, and really well written Edoardo Albert captured the era beautifully, and I was often left breathless by how well he was able to describe the religious, moral and cultural understandings of the period, in the way the characters behaved, spoke, and thought One of my favourite scenes was when the Christian priest spoke up at the wedding feast and told the tale of the Wedding of Cana in Galilee, and the response of the listeners it was so good My heart warmed to the character of Edwin, and his beautiful young Queen, as well as his faithful thegn Forthred, Guflang his warmaster, and Edwin s two older sons 3 Their rivalry and relationship with one another and to their father was SO WELL WRITTEN and special, and oh my goodness, I want to hug those boys The portrayal of the Christian characters of the priest Paullines I might have misspelt his name and his deacon James was very convincing and rich, and accurate to the times Those two made me smile The villains made my blood curdle, with their ruthlessness and blood lust, but they were equally three dimensional and well developed What I loved about this story was that it is steeped in history, but reads like a legend of King Arthur or King Alfred, like one of Rosemary Sutcliff s novels perhaps without the depth of description that she had, but beautiful nonetheless and the richness of language and characters such as Tolkien would have used to describe the King of the Golden Hall, and the battle of the dwarves of Durin s Folk I loved that this novel is steeped in history and is based on actual events and people, a history I have largely been unfamiliar with, but have been desperate to learnabout This novel has given me a deeper thirst to learnabout this time in Britain s history, and how Christianity came and developed in Europe, after the Fall of the Roman Empire and the figures that peopled those legends and myths and tales Ahh, it s beautiful and heart rending and RICH I loved this book to bits, and I only regret that it is not better known I look forward so much to reading the continuing books in the Northumbrian Thrones trilogy This is a First Reads for me I won this as a Giveaway.The story revolves around King Edwin and the struggles he faces both in consolidating small, petty kingdoms into one and also whether or not he wants to follow the new Christian God or remain true to the gods of his fathers Whatever choices he makes affects the other kings and also all of his people.The battle scenes were interesting, especially the major one toward the end of the book There were also scenes in the book revolving around E This is a First Reads for me I won this as a Giveaway.The story revolves around King Edwin and the struggles he faces both in consolidating small, petty kingdoms into one and also whether or not he wants to follow the new Christian God or remain true to the gods of his fathers Whatever choices he makes affects the other kings and also all of his people.The battle scenes were interesting, especially the major one toward the end of the book There were also scenes in the book revolving around Edwin s wife and his children I wish there would have beendepth and character development of his family I would have liked to have gotten to know his wife better and also to have knownof the background of the priests, James and Paulinus.There is some conflict between the sons, Osfrith and Eadfrith, and also with his wife, Aethelburh This was not fully developed in the story although there was definitely some foreshadowing about this leaving me to think that it would become part of the novel.This is the first of three novels Although questions remain, the novel can be read stand alone with the option of continuing the story of the High Kings when the future books are written Edwin High King of Britain is a well written and well researched book about early 7th century England For Uhtred fans, Edwin was also king of Northumbria and lived at times in Bamburgh Castle If you love Cornwell s Uhtred series then you ll love this, especially if you d prefer less graphic battle scenes Albert has written a real page turner The action moves on through the years at a steady pace The characters are strong and the writing is evocative Edwin was persuaded to be baptised as a Edwin High King of Britain is a well written and well researched book about early 7th century England For Uhtred fans, Edwin was also king of Northumbria and lived at times in Bamburgh Castle If you love Cornwell s Uhtred series then you ll love this, especially if you d prefer less graphic battle scenes Albert has written a real page turner The action moves on through the years at a steady pace The characters are strong and the writing is evocative Edwin was persuaded to be baptised as a Christian by his wife and her priest In turn, he persuaded his sons, his thegns and lords and many of his people to convert also There was a point where I wondered if the aim of the book was to proselytise but I think I was wrong It was important to understand what the belief system was beforehand and why Christianity might appeal to these people and Albert has done that really well I m looking forward to reading the next two books in The Northumbrian Thrones series.Thanks to NetGalley and Lion Hudson plc for a review copy