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March 18 , 2010

Ealdorman (The Earls of Mercia Series)


Ealdorman – The Earls of Mercia Book 1

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The time is now.Unison holds many enigmas locked within its ice bound surface, and this Long Day, Erann, Sereh and Greeneyes will begin to discover them. Sereh; determined to take a chance on freedom when it presents itself, no matter the perils.Erann; desperate to save his mother’s life, regardless of the cost to his pride.Greeneyes;…

England: The Second Viking Age

United doesn't mean together.

Five ealdormen bestride King Aethelred II’s Witan offering wise counsel whilst serving their king as his representative in the old Saxon kingdoms, united now for nearly fifty years.

Leofwine, newly created ealdorman of the Hwicce, is chosen to represent his king on a vitally important diplomatic mission escorting Olaf Tryggvason back to Norway after the peace accord of 994. When tragedy befalls him on the journey north he must fight for his survival and hold his own amongst men who call him friend but see him as a threat, and in the process make for himself an enemy, King Swein of Denmark, and an ally, Olaf Tryggvason, men who might help or hinder him in his endeavours to make the English king a strong man, a man to be feared, a man in the likeness of his great, great, great grandfather, King Alfred.

Leofwine: wily diplomat or pandered invalid? As the Viking raiders grow ever more determined to take what's not theirs, forming alliances with the Norman Dukes and the Irish Kings, can Leofwine navigate the twisted paths of loyalty and self-interest to enable his king to fight for glory and self-respect? To stop the resurgence of the Viking menace before it costs England the lives of more of her men, before it costs England even more of her silver and coin.

Ealdorman is the first novel in the epic Earls of Mercia series, charting the final century of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom from 994-1071 through the eyes of the magnificent House of Leofwine, the only family to maintain their position for such a long period of time, outlasting even the mighty House of Godwine, akin only to the long ruling family of the House of Wessex.

Review for Haedfeld
"M. J. Porter has written a story of one battle – Haedfeld – which will change the face of England. And written it very well indeed, for the dialogue is sharp and whilst the day-to-day descriptions are fairly sparse, the telling of the battle is gripping." HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

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