Biography

Paul Bernardi is an author of historical fiction. After leaving university in 1990 with a Masters’ degree in Anglo-Saxon studies, he began work for a major UK financial institution, though his passion for all things historical remained undiminished.

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Paul is the author of the Huscarl Chronicles series dealing with the Norman Conquest and its aftermath.

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1066: A Game of Thrones, by Paul Bernardi

1066: A Game of Thrones, by Paul Bernardi

1066 is one of the most well-known dates in British history. There was a time when every school child knew about the Battle of Hastings in that year, where Duke William of Normandy defeated King Harold II of England, ushering in the end of the Anglo-Saxon period. But beyond those bare facts, ...
Did Harold Really Take One in the Eye?

Did Harold Really Take One in the Eye?

It is the story that every schoolchild is brought up on (or at least it was when I was at school in the dim distant past); that brave King Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings by being shot in the eye with an arrow. But did it really happen? Have millions of children been misled over ...
I Fart In Your General Direction!

I Fart In Your General Direction!

Many people of a certain age will recognise this quote without any difficulty. If you don't then I can only offer sympathy and suggest that there is a Monty Python-shaped hole in your movie and comedy education - specifically, in this case, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Released in 1975 and ...
What is the Blood Price?

What is the Blood Price?

What’s Blood Price about?In short, it’s your classic murder mystery story. The sort of tale that is as old as the hills. The difference with this one is that it’s set in the pre-conquest England of King Knut – sometime around the 1020s. The story centres on a young boy – Ulf – the eldest ...
Æthelstan: England’s First King – Who Nearly Wasn’t

Æthelstan: England’s First King – Who Nearly Wasn’t

England’s First KingIn the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (specifically the Winchester Manuscript, also known as version [A]), the entry for the year 925 [924] states:“Here, King Edward [The Elder] passed away, and Æthelstan, his son, succeeded to the kingdom.”Taken at face value, one might ...

Author Interview

Paul Bernardi
What prompted you to choose the period that you wrote your first book in?I’ve always loved history from an early age – all those holiday trips to the castles of Wales must have had an impact. However, it was not until I went to university in the late 1980s that I really became familiar – and fascinated – with the Anglo-Saxon ...
The Last Viking: Paul Bernardi Interviews Don Hollway
Don Hollway, Harald plays an all too brief part in the history of these isles but there is so much more to the man. What led you to want to write about him?I first read Hardrada’s story as a boy and thought, “Wow, what a life that guy led!” I always wanted to tell his tale, but a magazine article wouldn’t do him justice. When my agent said to me, “Vikings are hot right ...