Read Through History – June 2014
This month, with lots of train travel around the South East, let me plough through into the time of the Norman Conquest.
1) The Last Viking by Berwick Coates. A novel about the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
2) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. The classic tale of the Western Front from the German point of view. This led to two very good film adaptations in the thirties and seventies. Read it and watch them!
3) Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson. Set three years after the Norman Conquest and the establishment of Norman rule. This is a good book and interesting to read from the point of view of the Normans.
4) Blood of Ironside by Martin Lake. The third in the Lost King series about Edgar Atheling, the Saxon claimant to the English throne. Looking forward to the next installment.
5) Sharpe’s Siege by Bernard Cornwell. The British are pushing into France but Sharpe finds himself trapped in a fortress and needs to rely on an American Privateer for help.
All good books this month. The rest of it has been devoted to the very long and so far very interesting Hawk Quest, but more about that next month!