|Genre||Adventure / Literary Fiction
|Submitted:||Monday, 10 April 2017
|Read by:||160 different readers
One may rightly ask the question: why would anyone want to write a novel about two young Christian Frenchmen, King Harold and the battle at Hastings? Surely, the story is too well known. Or is it?
History has known many great liars: Goebbels, Henry Tudor and St Cecil the Liar. There has been none so vile as the author of this story which you are about to read. It is I who re-wrote the history of England to show the world what really happened all those years ago. It is a tale of two fine, upstanding young Frenchmen who come to England with the Normans. In both camps they find themselves thrust into a world of intrigue, avarice and spite.
This is not the telling of an invasion. It is a story of the personalities behind those momentous events. This is a view of those who, for one reason or another were caught in a tide of emotion not of their making. Blood, kinship or kind inextricably links the distinctly good who challenge the criminal and the downright insane.
In one corner we meet Earl (later, King) Harold, the fair and trusted pragmatist. Opposing, we meet the duke of Normandy, William Forkbeard, cunning and avaricious. But first, you meet Philippe Domfront and his brother, Alan— two devout Christian men, wanting nothing more than to earn enough to feed their families. They must answer to their consciences and do as their instincts bid. The brothers come to see their fortunes and their lives change as they confront one surprising adversary and then another.
The story of these characters as private people is fictitious. The events they participate in are secondary to the humanity of the protagonists. The main characters I have portrayed with reasonable accuracy, yet, with some considerable added license, though the events are accurate and factual.
Three stories run concurrently; with some characters disappearing, later to reappear, to once more take control of your senses. You will laugh, cry and be angry. Above all, you will be thrilled.
Antony. E. Bradbury.
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