A bit of blurb..
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.
My thoughts about the book..
It's 1066 but not as you know it..
It's 1066 but not as you know it..
I'm fascinated by historical fiction written by authors who wade way through dusty history books and ponder long into the night about the minutiae of the lives, and times, of historical figures, always maintaining historical accuracy, so that no-on can ever accuse them of changing, or of rearranging history. It must be a temptation though, on occasion, to have the opportunity to rearrange events, to give a voice to that little mischievous murmur that whispers ever so softly… what would have happened, if only..
In 1066 Turned Upside Down, nine talented historical fiction authors, all at the top of their game in terms of historical fiction, have taken the facts, as we know them, about the tumultuous events of the year, 1066 and have given us their alternate versions of events. All of the eleven stories have an air of authenticity and each combine historical facts with a delightful, alternate twist. All of the stories are readable in short snippets, little bite sized stories, which you can comfortably read in one sitting, but which, ultimately, offer a fresh approach to a time in history that most of us feel we know really well.
Whilst I am familiar with some of the authors who have contributed, others are new to me, but what convinced me about the combined quality of this book was just how seriously these committed authors take their craft. They make history come alive, and with real conviction turn fact into fiction and fiction into fact, cleverly manipulating events so that everything you read becomes totally convincing and in some cases you wish it had happened just so..
I’m not going to single out any one story as my ‘favourite’ as each one brings something different to the feast and I think the stories should be looked at as a collective whole rather than singletons, however, it must also be said that each story is complete within itself and stands proudly alone.
It’s a great idea to take something as momentous as 1066 and turn it completely on its head but in this 950th anniversary year of the battle of Hastings, it’s refreshing to look at events in a totally different way and I commend these fine authors for their inventiveness and obvious enthusiasm for their chosen genre.
Best read with ..Tankards of yeasty ale and a rich and pungent venison pasty…
And here are the authors :
A foreword by CC Humphries
January - Helen Hollick - To Crown A King
February -Annie Whitehead - A Matter of Trust
March - Joanna Courtney -Emperor of the North
April - Carol McGrath - The Dragon-Tailed Star
May - June - Richard Dee - If You Changed One Thing
July - Alison Morton - A Roman Intervenes
August - Helen Hollick - In the Wake if the Dolphin
September - Anna Belfrage - The Danish Crutch
October - Joanna Courtney - Hold England Firm
November - G K Holloway - The Battle of London Bridge
December - Eliza Redgold - The Needle Can Mend
An Endword by Helen Hollick