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Fiction Book of the Month: Paul Bernardi on Blood Feud

Fiction Book of the Month: Paul Bernardi on Blood Feud

Novelist Paul Bernardi discusses his new series set in the wake of the Norman Invasion.

Paul, many congratulations on Blood Feud. We’re now at the start of a new series with Blood Feud, it’s 1067 and so post Hastings. The Conqueror has been crowned. What was the state of the kingdom so soon after this seismic event in English history? Thanks. I’m not...

Blood Debt, by Adam Staten

Blood Debt, by Adam Staten

A dramatic tale that stretches across the breadth of Europe.
Andrew Rollo

Blood Debt is the first book in Adam Staten’s Honour Bound trilogy and is a coming-of-age story set in the tumultuous years leading up to the battle of Hastings in 1066. The story moves at a steady pace before speeding up in the final third of the book as it...

Harold Godwinson’s Rush to Hastings: Rash or Rational?

Harold Godwinson’s Rush to Hastings: Rash or Rational?

What if Harold had taken his time?

Every schoolchild in the UK knows that in 1066 Harold Godwinson marched north and defeated Harald Hardrada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Almost immediately he had to turn his men south and march the length of the country to confront William of Normandy at the...

1064: Harold Godwinson’s Enigmatic Trip to Normandy

1064: Harold Godwinson’s Enigmatic Trip to Normandy

What prompted the journey to Normandy where the oath made by Harold would have fatal consequences for his reign.

In 1066 King Harold Godwinson of England met Duke William of Normandy on the battlefield near Hastings in what proved to be a pivotal moment in English history. What is less well known is that this was not the first time that the two men had shared a battlefield....

Battle for the Island Kingdom, by Don Hollway

Battle for the Island Kingdom, by Don Hollway

A new history on England and the 11th century is great for both scholar and amateur.
Andrew Rollo

This engrossing title is Don Hollway’s third non-fiction book, and his second on the 11th century. Like the previous two books, it is a narrative history, and draws on a wide range of primary sources to create a balanced account of events. The book is focused on...

Books of 2023 From Aspects of History

Books of 2023 From Aspects of History

Our authors and contributors recommend books they've enjoyed this year

Books of 2023 from Aspects of HistoryAlan Bardos Author of The Dardanelles ConspiracyMy book of the year is SAS Forged in Hell. The next instalment of Damien Lewis’ WW II odyssey with the men of 1 SAS, as they become the ‘tip of the spear’ in the invasion of Sicily...

M.J.Porter on The Brunanburh Series

M.J.Porter on The Brunanburh Series

Bestseller M.J.Porter discusses her latest series.

M.J. Porter, congratulations on the Brunanburh Series. Why does Æthelstan appeal to you as a historical figure, and why does his story demand retelling in contemporary society? Æthelstan is an intriguing character to explore. We actually know very little about him,...

2023 Summer Reads from Aspects of History

2023 Summer Reads from Aspects of History

Our authors and contributors recommend books to take on summer holidays.

Summer Reads from Aspects of HistoryAlan Bardos Author of The Dardanelles ConspiracyQueen High by CJ Carey is the sequel to Widow Land and a counter factual/dystopian novel; in a similar vein to 1984, Fatherland and Brave New World. It is set in a 1950s Britain that...

Fiction Book of the Month: Paul Bernardi on Blood Feud

Fiction Book of the Month: Paul Bernardi on Thurkill’s Revenge

The debut novel set during 1066 and the Norman invasion.

Paul Bernardi, this was your first novel - had you always planned for a trilogy or did the Thurkill's Revenge lead to the following two books? I think it was an idea that evolved over time. I studied this period at university and had always wanted to write about it....

Resistance to the Normans

Resistance to the Normans

The Norman Invasion encountered resistance all over the country, as the author of a series set during it recounts.

Resistance to the Normans. You might be forgiven for thinking that the events of 1066 led to a simple shift in power from the old Anglo-Saxon era to that of the new Norman period. And, though it is true to say that a great number of the Anglo-Saxon nobility, warrior...