Of Battles Past by Bryn Hammond
(Amgalant #1)

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China has executed Ambaghai, the Mongols’ khan, on a hurdle with donkey ears and tail from the theatre, in mockery of the horse peoples of the steppe. It cries for hachi.

‘Hachi means that which is owed, or felt due. It can mean an act of humanity. It can mean vengeance. It meant justice.’

The Mongols go to war for Ambaghai’s hachi, in a century when no steppe people is fit to tackle China. They believe battles are won by the just, and the size differential doesn’t bother them. They are wrong, but the Mongol God comforts them with an omen. Temujin, the baby of that battle day, has in his hand his people’s future victory.

The Chinese have crossbows, but the Mongols have belief.

(Where Amgalant starts. Of Battles Past and the next, When I am King, can be found together in Amgalant One: The Old Ideal)

About Bryn Hammond

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I'm a woman in my forties and live in Sydney, Australia.Amgalant began when I explored into The Secret History of the Mongols, a 13th century text, and knew I had found my perfect subject. I've always loved ancient/medieval epic and romance, and I've always been drawn to the cultures of tribal peoples, whose history we know too often through hostile or simply alien states - Rome, China.With Amgalant, I want to do justice to The Secret History, its art, its honesty. When they came to write this, their first book, the Mongols had two traditions to hand: oral epic - ubiquitous on the steppe - and stone inscriptions from past 'states on horseback' as the Chinese called them. The one lent poetry, the other concepts of how to tell a history. I argue that both traditions went towards our faulty hero. It isn't glorification. It's art, and it's analysis.Sequence of Amgalant:#1 Of Battles Past#2 When I am KingAmgalant One: The Old Ideal is these together#3 Me and Atrocity#4 The Sheep from the GoatsAmgalant Two: Tribal Brawls is these togetherI've published the lot in 2012. Nine years in the make, but I kept them to work on while I learnt, and only now am happy with the first. Amgalant Three, the final, is underway, at this stage titled Wonders and Horrors.My websitehttp://amgalant.com/
Published September 8, 2012 by Bryn Hammond. 290 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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