Saturday, 14 October 2017

1066 Turned Upside Down by Nine Authors

The Battle of Hastings 14th October 1066

Amazon Universal   special offer $0.99 £0.99 this weekend only
   (usually) £1.98  / $2.45

11 stories by nine authors: Joanna Courtney, Helen Hollick, Anniw Whitehead, Alison Morton,Anna Belfrage, Richard Dee, Carol McGrath, G.K. Holloway, Eliza Redgold

alternative / 'what if?'
England / Normandy/ Denmark

'Ever wondered what might have happened if William the Conqueror had been beaten at Hastings? Or if Harald Hardrada had won at Stamford Bridge? Or if Edward the Confessor had died with an heir ready to take his place? Then here is the perfect set of stories for you. ‘1066 Turned Upside Down’ explores a variety of ways in which the momentous year of 1066 could have played out differently. 

Written by nine well-known authors to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the stories will take you on a journey through the wonderful ‘what ifs’ of England’s most famous year in history.'

There are brief historical notes to guide the reader who is unfamiliar with this period, and a few suggested 'follow-on' questions for schools, reader groups - or just your own entertainment. 
The e-book remained in Amazon's UK top ten best seller ranking list for four months, and is still in the top twenty-five.

This interesting alternative history of England’s tumultuous year 1066 is a collaboration of nine authors, each a successful writer of his/her own historical fiction novels: Joanna Courtney, Helen Hollick, Anna Belfrage, Richard Dee, G.K. Holloway, Carol McGrath, Alison Morton, Eliza Redgold, and Annie Whitehead.

In 1066 Turned Upside Down, each writer envisions a fascinating “what if” version about that fateful year in England's history. And with each outcome, modern man would have inherited a much different world, in some instances giving rise to my notion of “too bad it didn’t happen that way.”

I must confess to not knowing much about this time in England’s long history. However, having read James M. Hockey’s excellent “Edith Fair as a Swan: Tales of Bowdyn 3” (an excellent series, by the way), I was at least familiar with King Harold’s common-law wife Edith.

Because of this, and the excellent Foreword by C. C. Humphreys, I enjoyed the “what if” scenario in 1066 even more.

© Inge H. Borg, 

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