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The Warlord

(2023)
(The fourth book in the Bloody Hand Saga series)
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"The Northmen had very great honour who went into service there..."1076 AD. After the slaughter of his comrades in Iberia, Thorkell leads the few survivors to Constantinople, the Great City, capital of the Roman Empire. He finds the empire in a state of bloody confusion. The emperor is under siege, attacked by a mighty rebel host, while his realm is torn apart by civil war.

To gain the emperor's favour, Thorkell leads his English warriors in a desperate attempt to break the siege of Constantinople. At the same time a young and ambitious Roman general, Alexios, raises a new army in the east.

The tale of this bloody and brutal time is written by Thorkell Skaldsson, once a bard in the service of Waltheof, the last English earl. In old age, thousands of miles from England, he still mourns the conquest of his homeland. Before he dies, Thorkell has vowed to write the truth...of Duke William, Harold Hardrada and Sweyn of Denmark, of the Emperor Alexios and the mighty city of Micklegarth...of the fall and rise of the English.

The Northman has one last saga to tell...


THE OUTLAW (THE BLOODY HAND SAGA BOOK 4) is by David Pilling, author of The Champion series, Longsword, Leader of Battles, Reiver, Caesar's Sword, Edward I and Wales, and many other fiction and nonfiction works.



Genre: Historical

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