Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson
A Novel

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Aitcheson, though not yet in the same high strata as Simon Scarrow or Angus Donald, shows great promise as an adventure novelist in this colorful debut.
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January, 1069: Less than three years after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the death of the usurper, Harold Godwineson, two thousand Normans march in the depths of winter to subdue the troublesome province of Northumbria. Tancred a Dinant,a loyal and ambitious knight, is among them, hungry for battle, honor, silver, and land.

But at Durham, the Normans are ambushed in the streets by English rebels, and Tancred's revered lord Robert de Commines is slain. Badly wounded, Tancred barely escapes with his own life. Bitterly determined to seek vengeance for his lord's murder, the dauntless knight quickly becomes entrenched in secret dealings between a powerful Norman magnate and a shadow from the past. As the Norman and English armies prepare to clash, Tancred uncovers a cunning plot that harks back to the day of Hastings itself. If successful, it threatens to destroy the entire conquest-and change the course of history.

This stunning debut sweeps readers into a ruthless, formidable world, where violent warriors seek honor in holy places and holy men seek glory in dark deeds. As the two opposing forces battle for conquest, the fate of England hangs in the balance.

 

About James Aitcheson

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JAMES AITCHESON was born in Wiltshire in 1985 and studied History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where began his fascination with the medieval period and the Norman Conquest in particular. Sworn Sword""is his first novel.
 
Published March 1, 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 400 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Jun 17 2013

Aitcheson, though not yet in the same high strata as Simon Scarrow or Angus Donald, shows great promise as an adventure novelist in this colorful debut.

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