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The English King

(The tenth book in the Earls of Mercia series)
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Book X in the epic Earls of Mercia Series.

England, June AD1042

The last of King Cnut’s sons is dead. England is once more without a king, but Harthacnut, with an eye to the future, made it clear before his death that Edward was to rule after him, an English king, of the House of Wessex, for the first time in over two decades.

But, while he might be English by birth, Edward has spent much of the last twenty years in Normandy, the birthplace of his mother. To become king, he might just have to rely on his mother and his earls to secure England for him, aware that there are those, mainly the Danes living in England, who might welcome a Danish, not an English king as their lord. Those who won’t want a return to the rule of the weak and ineffectual, King Æthelred, Edward’s father.

Leofric and his son, Ælfgar, are once more thrust into the heart of the politics that rule England, where the oath of a man or woman can mean much less than it should, and where ambition could thrust England once more into war with the very enemy that has ruled England since the death of King Æthelred.

The second Viking age of England is over, or is it?

Praise for The Earls of Mercia Series

"Love these books, so close to historical fact, they make you feel like you're almost transported there to the time and place!" Amazon Reviewer

"Brilliant, as is the whole series of books especially if you like early Historical books." Amazon Reviewer

"I have read all the books in the series, so far, and find the story and period very interesting." Amazon Reviewer

"Really good read, looking forward to the next book in the series, enjoy the accuracy of the history contained in the book."

"This is a fantastic series of books, by an author who certainly knows his subject. I was into the Roman invasions but am rapidly converting to the Britons!" Amazon Reviewer

"A must-read for fans of Viking age England. This promises to be a very good series of which I can't wait for the next installment." Amazon Reviewer

"Intriguing, well-written stories about the early days of Great Britain between Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror... at the time Athelred was King... the story is written from the perspective of one the emerging Earl's who sits on the Witan (counsel). The time period shows the interplay between Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries (Viking raiders) as well." Reviewer

The Earls of Mercia Series
The Earl of Mercia's Father
The Danish King's Enemy
Northman Part I
Northman Part II
The King's Earl
The Earl of Mercia
The English Earl
The Earl's King
Viking King
The English King

Side Stories
Lady Estrid

I'm an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest), born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building and told from a very young age that it housed the bones of the long-dead kings of Mercia, it's little wonder that my curiosity in history ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You've been warned! Find me @coloursofunison on twitter.

Genre: Historical

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