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Post by annis » Fri October 10th, 2008, 9:41 pm

Stilicho appears in the first part of William Napier's book "Attila" aka "The Scourge of God" (the first in a trilogy). It uses the old premise that Attlila was in his youth a hostage at the Western Roman Empire's capital of Ravenna under the guardianship of Stilicho.

Whether Attila ever was a hostage or not is open to debate as there is no extant evidence to prove he was, but it an old story which has been repeated often enough to become accepted as fact.
Certainly Attila's adversary Aetius was a hostage with the Huns.

Stilicho is a fscinating man who certainly deserves his own novel.
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Post by chuck » Fri October 10th, 2008, 9:48 pm

So few books about Charelmagne and Cnute

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Post by annis » Sat October 11th, 2008, 1:28 am

Here's an old one for you, Chuck.

"The Ward of King Canute; a romance of the Danish conquest" (1903) by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

It begins on the eve of a fierce battle between Danish invaders led by Canute and English forces led by Edmund Ironside.

Available to read free online at Project Gutenberg
http://infomotions.com/etexts/gutenberg ... kcnt10.htm

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Post by chuck » Sat October 11th, 2008, 2:30 am

As always Annis thank you very much...I will check it out.....

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Post by donroc » Sat October 11th, 2008, 3:21 am

Lidia Litvak would be a good one. I know a play had been written about her in the USSR. I know of no novel.

Who was she?

She was and is the all time top female fighter ace of all wars with 15 aerial victories for the USSR during WWII and known as The White Rose of Stalingrad.

Another novel might be written about the "Night Witches", which is what the Germans called the Soviet female fliers during WWII.

No computerized guns in those days.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Post by annis » Sat October 11th, 2008, 4:25 am

The Night Witches feature in Robert Denny's 1992 novel "Night Run", the story of an American pilot who manages to land his damaged plane in Soviet territory and joins the Red Air Force whle waiting for a chance to rejoin American forces.

The amazing thing is that they flew wood and canvas bi-planes designed in the 1920s!

There's a relatively recent NF book out about the Night Witches
"Night Witches: the amazing story of Russia's women pilots in World War II"
by Bruce Myles.
http://www.amazon.com/Night-Witches-Ama ... 0897332881
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Post by eclecticreader10 » Sat October 11th, 2008, 4:51 am

I think someone should write about Anne Boleyn because no one ever writes about her.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat October 11th, 2008, 4:54 am

[quote=""eclecticreader10""]I think someone should write about Anne Boleyn because no one ever writes about her.[/quote]

Hahaha funny!

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Post by donroc » Sat October 11th, 2008, 10:33 am

Annis, thank you.

If you Google Jan Safarik, you will find a list of all aces of all wars on his web site, and the section on the USSR's fighter aces has info and photos of Litvak and other women. She flew a modern fighter, a Yak, I believe.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat October 11th, 2008, 12:23 pm

[quote=""eclecticreader10""]I think someone should write about Anne Boleyn because no one ever writes about her.[/quote]

Yeah, and why hasn't anyone written anything about her sister Mary?
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