Never Trust A Dane

As I write these words I have all my numerous and wide-spread cousins in mind, all of whom are of Danish extraction.  For myself and my sister, all our grandparents were born in Denmark.  I quote Bernard Cornwall from Lords Of the North, the third book in his Saxon Stories:

Never trust a Dane

In spite of this slur,  I’m enjoying the Saxon Stories which cover the latter half of the Ninth Century in British history when the West Saxons under Alfred The Great were consolidating a number of small kingdoms into something like the England we know today.  I’ve recently started reading these stories because it seemed like a good way to follow up The Viking Wars:  War and Peace In King Alfred’s Britain 789-955 by Max Adams.  I enjoy reading histories and then reading historical novels about the same period.  I’ve read histories of the Napoleonic Wars intermixed with historical novels, many of them by Bernard Cornwell, especially the Richard Sharpe series of novels.  Cornwell has written series of historical novels covering broad swathes of British history starting with Stonehenge then making a long leap forward to the post-Roman era and continuing on through The Battle Of Waterloo in 1815.

  • Stonehenge:  A Novel Of 2000 BC
  • The Warlord Chronicles – post-Roman in the Dark Ages, 6th century
  • The Saxon Stories – 9th and 10th centuries
  • Azincourt – 1415
  • The Grail Quest Series – mid-14th century
  • The Sharpe Stories – 1794 – 1815.  These stories conclude with Waterloo.  Cornwell also wrote a history of Waterloo.  Try reading these books consecutively.

All of Cornwell’s books are good reads, historically-accurate and engrossing.  I appreciate that he follows each novel with a discussion of what in the novel is historical fact and what is not.

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