After Hastings

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Harold’s defeat of William the (Would-be) Conqueror at Hastings starts a cascade of events, which soon lead to a conflict with the Roman church. Before long, the deepening conflict threatens to engulf the entire Christian world—and even those beyond it.


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The victory of King Harold over William the (Would-be) Conqueror at Hastings in 1066 sets in motion an ever-expanding cascade of events—beginning with a conflict with the Papacy. Rome’s envoy to England, the papal legate Hildebrand, refuses to recognize Harold’s right to the island kingdom’s throne.

Harold didn’t back down from William, and he’s not going to back down now. He brings to England a Scottish monk, Colum-cille, setting underway a renaissance of the Celtic Church that hasn’t been seen since the Synod of Whitby.

As Colum-cille creates in England a church with a decreased importance for clergy and an increase emphasis on monasteries, Harold must deal with a Grand Alliance put together by the Papacy. The English earls and clergy are split between those who support Harold and those who are unhappy with his decision—and far from the island, Harold tries to form his own alliances with the Moors in Spain and the Byzantine Empire.

What next? It would have been so much simpler if William had won at Hastings like he was supposed to.

1 review for After Hastings

  1. Joseph Arnaud

    This book very much hit my sweet spot, a pure alternate history in Saxon England but spiralling out through Europe following the consequences of Williams defeat at Normandy. It works well to introduce its cast of character and to introduce concepts and conflicts of the period even to readers not familiar with the period. I devoured the book in an afternoon and will keep an eye out for anything else the author writes.

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