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Posted: Sun August 9th, 2009, 4:08 pm
by Madeleine
I didn't know that Alys Clare wrote under another name.

She's got a new medieaval (sp?) series coming out this year, set in the Ely Fens just after William the Conqueror's death, sound good!

Posted: Tue March 16th, 2010, 5:38 am
by Saxon1974
[quote=""EC2""]Those on my list were just some of my favourite medievals and not in order - I'd find it difficult to have a single top favourite because it all depends on mood. I left off Avalon and Katherine by Seton, Penman's Prince of Darkness - I love her mysteries too, Valerie Anand's King of the Wood, Brian Wainwright's Alianor Audeley - which would have been on the list if I hadn't put it down somewhere and couldn't find it to scan! Bernard Cornwell's Harlequin and Last Kingdom series, Diana Norman's FitzEmpress's Law.... and so it goes on. :) [/quote]

Greetings Elizabeth Chadwick, I have been a reader of yours for a while now and had been looking for something set around the time of the Norman conquest since I enjoyed your novel "The Winter Mantle". I really enjoyed reading about the Saxon nobles post 1066 thanks very much for your books! (I do have to admit I liked the early covers that looked more medieval and less romantic but then again Im a guy :) )

I picked up Valerie Anand's "King of the Wood" based on your suggestion here. I enjoyed it very much thank you as I had not heard of this author before.

One of the things I especially liked was learning about Hern and Beltane, I didn't know much about this culture previously...this novel really takes you into the deep wood of the period and makes it come alive.

I also found it interesting that most of the characters were neither good nor bad. Now that I finished the book Im still not sure! But I like that because it seems more historically realistic. Made them seem more human and real.

Quite an interesting take on the killing of William Rufus.

Thanks again and keep writing and giving us great books to read.

Posted: Tue March 16th, 2010, 6:05 am
by annis
Hi, Saxon1974, welcome! You're in good company - there are lots of EC fans here :)

Valerie Anand seems to have been influenced (as were many historical fiction authors of the mid-2oth century) by the neopagan theories of British anthropologist Margaret Murray. relating to the universal place of witchcraft and ritual kingship in history and collective mythic consciousness.

William Rufus's death in Anand's "King of the Wood" is a typical example of aritual kingship sacrifice as envisaged by Murray. Interesting stuff!

If you can find them, Anand's trilogy surrounding the Norman Conquest is very good- Gildenford, The Norman Pretender and The Disputed Crown. They're out-of-print now and pricey, so probably library interloan material.

Posted: Tue March 16th, 2010, 9:26 am
by Jemidar
Interesting thread (thanks!) but it's made me realize that my medieval reading must be severely lacking, because I've only read three of all the books suggested :eek: .

You've all certainly given me food for thought and an ongoing challenge :p .

Posted: Tue March 16th, 2010, 4:23 pm
by chuck
Misfit...I remember Schoonover's BB fondly...Classic old school read...enjoy....The cover is a hoot...

Posted: Wed March 17th, 2010, 4:48 am
by Saxon1974
[quote=""annis""]Hi, Saxon1974, welcome! You're in good company - there are lots of EC fans here :)

Valerie Anand seems to have been influenced (as were many historical fiction authors of the mid-2oth century) by the neopagan theories of British anthropologist Margaret Murray. relating to the universal place of witchcraft and ritual kingship in history and collective mythic consciousness.

William Rufus's death in Anand's "King of the Wood" is a typical example of aritual kingship sacrifice as envisaged by Murray. Interesting stuff!

If you can find them, Anand's trilogy surrounding the Norman Conquest is very good- Gildenford, The Norman Pretender and The Disputed Crown. They're out-of-print now and pricey, so probably library interloan material.[/quote]

Interesting I will have to look for those books thanks!

Also, I found this set around the time of the conquest as well. Anyone read it? I just found a copy so Im gonna read it soon.

"The Paladin" by George Shipway

http://www.amazon.com/Paladin-George-Sh ... 267&sr=8-1

Posted: Mon March 22nd, 2010, 9:28 pm
by annis
Posted by Saxon1974
Also, I found this set around the time of the conquest as well. Anyone read it? I just found a copy so Im gonna read it soon.
"The Paladin" by George Shipway
I've just posted a comment on the George Shipway thread :)
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... #post55943