- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (January 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160844306X
- ISBN-13: 978-1608443062
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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King Alfred's Daughter: The Lady of the Mercians Paperback – January 5, 2010
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Caveat Regarding Dog Ear Publishing: The book is one single chapter and has no chapter indexing at all. This is easily formatted for the Kindle and pure unadulterated laziness on the part of the publisher. If you hope to refer back to specific chapters of the book, as I did, you are out of luck. This slothful preparation in not acceptable and highly disappointing. Dog Ear Publishing should be ashamed at this level of unprofessional slothfulness. Again the content is good, but the lack of indexing is loathsome!
The book itself is somewhat old but also original. Although published in 2009, it was mostly composed by the author in the 1970s. You do not therefore get the usual mix of very descriptive "sex and violence" that can nowadays be found in most historical novels. Instead, Marjory Grieser had come up with a tale that shows the solidarity, sense of duty and even the sense of sacrifice of Aethelflaed, Aethelred her husband and King Edward, with a strong focus on the psychology and feelings of the three characters (and a number of others along the way).
The book is in fact more about the second half of Alfred's reign, after the initial Viking onslaught had been beaten back, and that of the generation which succeeded him, continued his work and reconquered East Anglia and Mercia from the Scandinavians.
One of its usefulness, among many others, is to present an alternative version to the wonderful (but much made up) series of Bernard Cornwell and his fictional warlord Uther to whom just about all victories are ascribed in Cornwell's novels (which I happen to love, by the way). One merit of this book is to show Aethelred as a very competent warlord and Alfred's trusted right hand, rather than the cowardly knave that Cornwell has to make him into in order to promote his own hero.Read more ›
Anita J. Lange
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