|Author: Mike Bryant|
|"When the long-haired star appeared in the heavens a week and a day after Easter in the year of Our Lord 1066, all God-fearing men knew that it was meant to portend some great event in the history of mankind." Thus begins the novel 1066, which records "the hitherto undiscovered recollections of Oswulf the Englishman" to chronicle the Norman conquest of England. This carefully researched work depicts in vivid detail an era characterized as much by intense piety as by brutal violence. It is a world peopled by Vikings and saints, popes and warriors, and by such historical personages as Macbeth and Lady Godiva. One of the great turning points of Western history, the Conquest is also a gripping human tale of passion, heroism, victory and defeat.|
The mark of a quality historical novel is how much it teaches as well as entertains. Unlike mere pot-boilers that tend to create a great deal of misinformation (such as the DaVinci Code or the action flick National Treasure), Mike Bryant's 1066 reveals that truth is indeed far stranger, & infinitely more meaningful, than pure fiction.
Like the Tapestry of Bayeux1/6/2013
In a voice reminiscent of Robert Graves's I, Claudius, Mike Bryant weaves a conversational tapestry that energetically illustrates the intrigues, adventures, and individuals that peopled the end of the Middle Ages. Many have cautioned that the facts should never get in the way of historical fiction, but Bryant deftly manages to balance imagination and veracity in his carefully researched work.