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Swein: The Danish King: England: The Second Viking Age (The Earls of Mercia Side Stories Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00XTBMGMM
- Publisher : M J Publishing (June 26, 2015)
- Publication date : June 26, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3268 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 146 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #528,730 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“His father knew how to count and mint coins, how to ensure enough trees would be felled to build the ramparts and the wooden strakes around the fortresses, not to mention the building inside. His father knew how to entice men to live within those fortresses.
He seemed to have forgotten that more was needed to be a king. Swein had not. He’d watched his father every day since he was a boy, and whenever he wasn’t off fighting in battles or building churches, or raising stones to the memory of his father and his mother. He knew how to rule now. He’d watched all his father’s mistakes, and he was damned if he was going to let his father rule anymore.
He was too old and too destructive. Swein had decided it was time he was king. His father needed removing.”
Unfortunately, although we see Swein forcing his father to abdicate and escorting him to the borders, we do not get to see the scene where the final rebellion and killing takes place; we hear about it retrospectively. However, we do see that Swein takes over the reins of power and proves a very successful king. He is challenged by the upstart Olaf of Norway, known to most of us at Olaf Tryggvason, the Christian king who converted his people at the point of the sword. But forced conversions are outside the scope of this book. Here, Swein has taken a lethal dislike to Olaf and spends much of his time being outfought, outwitted, outfoxed, and outcharmed, so to speak, by the canny Norwegian. It isn’t until he fights and kills his enemy in a dramatic sea battle that Swein can come into his own. And even here, Olaf’s death outlives Swein’s reputation. Poor Swein just can’t win. This book provides us with a very readable depiction of an era that is largely ignored in the rush to learn about the reign of his more colorful son, Canute (or Knut), king of England.