Sunday, 24 April 2011
The Lost King: Resistance
Now that the first part of The Lost King is finished I can look back on its genesis. I have always been interested in times of transistion and also in the Anglo-Saxons. So it was perhaps no surprise that I was drawn to the turbulent year of 1066. But I cannot now recall what drew me to the story of Edgar Atheling, the young heir to the throne who was proclaimed king after Harold died at Hastings.
However, as soon as I started to read about him I realised that Edgar has been almost completely eradicated from our history. They say that history is written by the victors and there is no better example of this than the Norman white-wash of Edgar. If we were to believe what they said about him he was a tame creature, idle, foolish and a no-hoper. In reality he spent many years leading the resistance to the conquest and came closer than anyone to defeating William the Conqueror. People have heard of Hereward the Wake but he was small fry compared to Edgar, the last native king of England. The rest of Edgar's life was pretty exciting as well.
You can find The Lost King: Resistance by clicking on this link.
Please take a look at the book (it's 70p in the UK, $1.15 in the USA and 0.99 Euros elsewhere.) Let me know what you think of it.
Posted by Martin Lake at Sunday, April 24, 2011