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26 Nov 2020 * AUDIO CD * £25.52 * 9781838938949

A recreation of the life and times of Oswald of Northumbria: Christian warlord, founder of Lindisfarne monastery – and the first great English monarch.

Non Fiction / BGH (Biography)
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The King in the NorthMax Adams, narrated by Hamilton McLeod

'A triumph – a Game of Thrones in the Dark Ages' TOM HOLLAND.

The magisterial biography of Oswald Whiteblade, exiled prince of Northumbria, who returned in blood and glory to reclaim his birthright.

A charismatic leader, a warrior whose prowess in battle earned him the epithet Whiteblade, an exiled prince who returned to claim his birthright, the inspiration for Tolkein's Aragorn.

Oswald of Northumbria was the first great English monarch, yet today this legendary figure is all but forgotten. In this panoramic protrait of Dark Age Britain, archaeologist and biographer Max Adams returns the king in the North to his rightful place in history.

Max Adams is a writer, archaeologist and woodsman whose work explores themes of landscape, knowledge and human connectedness with the earth. He is the author of Admiral Collingwood, Aelfred's Britain, Trees of Life, the bestselling The King in the North and In the Land of Giants. He has lived and worked in the North-East of England since 1993.

The first biography of an unjustly forgotten English warrior hero, and the model for Tolkien's Aragorn.

Major exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in 2013.

A vivid and detailed portrait of 7th-century England.

MARKET: Tom Holland; Charlotte Higgins.

'A triumph. The most gripping portrait of 7th-Century Britain that I have read ... A Game of Thrones in the Dark Ages' Tom Holland, The Times. 'An engagingly populist and evocative book that makes a bold and effective attempt to bring a particularly obscure period in northern British history to the general reader' Literary Review.

'This early ruler had a life, and a legacy that rivals any fable' Independent. 'Gripping, hugely enjoyable and deeply scholarly.' History Today Books of the Year.

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