The Splintered Kingdom

The Splintered Kingdom

A Novel

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While the new Norman rulers make unlikely alliances to secure their hold on Britan, Lord Tancred a Dinant must spearhead a perilous expedition into the heart of Wales, where failure will mean the ruin of his hard-earned reputation.

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A gripping tale of battle, honor, and vengeance, The Splintered Kingdom is an epic saga of the struggle for England—and through it, the western world.

Summer, 1070. Renowned for his valor in the battle for York, Tancred a Dinant is now a lord in his own right, with knights of his own to command and a manor to call home in the turbulent Welsh borderlands. But his hard-fought gains are soon threatened, as a coalition of enemies both old and new prepares to march against King William.

With English, Welsh and Viking forces gathering, and war looming, the Normans are forced to make common cause with some unlikely allies in defence of their newly conquered realm. For Tancred, meanwhile, there are also enemies closer to home: Norman barons envious of his fame, who regard him as a threat to their own power and who are only too eager to see him brought low.

Amidst the turmoil, Tancred is chosen to spearhead a perilous expedition into the heart of Wales. Success will bring him glory beyond his dreams. Failure will mean the ruin of the reputation that he has worked so hard to forge. As shield-walls clash and the kingdom burns, not only is his destiny at stake, but also that of England itself.

The Conquest Series:
Sworn Sword (Book 1)
The Splintered Kingdom (Book 2)
Knights of the Hawk (Book 3)

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2014
ISBN: 9781402286193
Branch Call Number: FIC AIT
Characteristics: viii, 392 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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Dec 05, 2014

The Splintered Kingdom by James Aitcheson. James Aitcheson is a relatively new purveyor of historical faction. And it seems he is poised to join the ranks of the likes of Robert Cornwell, a writer of talent and historical acumen who virtually owns the genre with well over twenty books under his belt, most featuring the swashbuckling Richard Sharp, in the service of his Majesty the King during the Napoleonic wars. And while Cornwell already has a long career behind him, Aitcheson is only beginning his career as one who knows his history and his fiction. This novel is set in the Welsh border lands not long after the Norman Invasion of the British Isles. During this period of political flux, Tancred of Dinant is inevitably drawn into the conflicts between Welsh, Norman, English and Dane. Aitcheson’s novel is one of action and adventure that concludes when Dinant leads a small force of men against impossible odds to secure the release of his lord and Beatrice, a lady with whom he is smitten. Well written, credibly sited in history; authentically coloured; this is a novel that isn’t easy to put down

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