Martin Lake writes a story set in England, Normandy, and Scotland during the turbulent times of 1066. This story follows the English heir to the throne, Edgar the Aetheling. Edgar, a descendent of the royal line, is only a boy, not yet fourteen at the time of the Norman Conquest. The upheaval of the Norman invasion brings chaos and bloodshed to the Isle. Many of the thegns and church leaders want to crown Edgar king but William the Conqueror is too powerful for a boy king to rule. Thus, it is decided to surrender to William and crown William king. Edgar is now a political hostage to William.
Edgar has a small group of supporters and friends that are there to guide and counsel him. Among them are Oswald, a former Housecarl of King Harold's, Godwin, son of Oswald, who becomes Edgar's best friend, Athelstan, Thegn of Wessex, an extremely able advisor to Edgar, Merleswein, a very wealthy Thegn, shire reeve of Lincolnshire and supporter of Edgar, and Earl Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria. When Edgar's older sister, Margaret marries the Scottish King Malcolm, Malcolm also becomes a supporter of Edgar's right to the English throne.
We see Edgar thrive and mature in the challenges he faces in his determination to regain the crown of England for himself. Edgar must make some very hard decisions in his pursuit of his goal and with the help of his family, friends, and supporters Edgar makes strong inroads on this path.One must read Martin Lake's book, Wasteland, to follow Edgar's continuing resistance against the Normans.
I really enjoyed reading a novel set during the Norman Conquest and from Edgar's point of view. I have read many books on the Conquest and this is the first book I have encountered that was about Edgar. Martin Lake sets an accurate tone throughout the book. The characters were well written and one cannot help but want Edgar to succeed and defeat William. I will definitely be reading Edgar's continuing story in Martin's next book in the series, Wasteland..
Martin Lake is offering a free e-copy of The Lost King: Resistance. For a chance to win this wonderful book please leave a comment below or send me a private message on Facebook. Giveaway runs till Sunday October 13th.
Martin Lake lives on the French Riviera with his wife. He has a written five historical novels. Three are about Edgar Atheling, the last native born King of England and his battle to win back the throne from William the Conqueror.
‘Outcasts,’ is about the common men who were knighted to defend Jerusalem against Saladin.
'Artful' concerns the further adventures of the young pick-pocket after he has been transported to Australia.
Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio and he won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.'
You can find Martin’s blog at http://martinlakewriting.wordpress.com
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