A King’s Legacy Released!

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The final installment in the Hengest and Horsa Trilogy is now out in ebook format, available from Amazon! Here’s the blurb;

Before Arthur, before Alfred, England was born in blood and fire.

Britain, 447 A.D. The war in the north is drawing to a close. King Talorc has been placed on the throne of the Pictish tribes and for Hengest and Horsa it is time to return home. But much has changed since they set out to earn their kingdom. Lord Vertigernus has been deposed by his two sons and forces conspire to sunder the alliance between Briton and Saxon.

Hengest’s daughter, Hronwena, embarks on a perilous quest to save the life of a young boy and thwart her odious husband while her sons-in-law invite the famed Bishop Germanus to the shores of Britain, beginning the great battle that will define the age. Soon the whole land is thrown into bloody strife. With loyalties divided, Hengest and Horsa embark on their final battle and history hangs in the balance.

So begins the last chapter in the saga of Hengest and Horsa in which treachery rears its ugly head and loyalties are overturned. Love and honour are lost on the battlefield and only through suffering and heartbreak can the ultimate triumph be achieved; the foundation of England.

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One thought on “A King’s Legacy Released!

  1. Dear Chris

    I came across your fascinating blog having recently purchased the books in your Hengest trilogy.

    My name is Peter Daniel. I work as Education Officer at Westminster Archives, but in my spare time I help to run Crayford Reminiscence and Youth (CRAY), a small youth heritage group in Crayford (London Borough of Bexley) where I live. This began last year as a means of involving my daughters in heritage activities, opportunities of which were sadly lacking in outer London.

    I am looking to run a project for which CRAY will apply to Heritage Lottery Fund for funding. Our project idea came from a conversation about the forthcoming Anglo Saxon exhibition at the British Library. This involved Sav Kyriacou from film makers Digital Works and Kate Morton, a British Museum illustrator, who has agreed to help us. Following this conversation we decided to look at the story/legend of Hengest. As part of research before our application I came across your trilogy.

    As a group CRAY have recently finished our first HLF project based on a local WW1 story based around the story of an RFC pilot 2nd Lt Wilfred Salmon, which you can find on this link: http://www.crayfordhistory.co.uk/index/ For our next project we decided to look at the legendary figure from Kentish history, Hengest. As you are aware In 457AD the Britons fought and lost the battle of Crecangford (Crayford) against the Jutes. Despite its entry in the ASChronicle hardly anyone locally is aware of it.

    Having always been interested in history and having grown up in Crayford there was very little you could read on local history except for one hard back book from the local library that was written for the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was called ‘A Spot Called Crayford’ the title of which came from this extract from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. I knew that older people from Crayford called the hill on which the parish church stands Mount Nod, as this is where legend has it the 4000 dead were buried. I wanted to find out more, but couldn’t for the simple reason that nobody has ever written up the story and included the battle. For such a significant event in the foundation of England to happen here, but nothing to have been written about it was hugely frustrating. This is still the case, as my daughter Lotte did the Anglo Saxons last year inY3 at her school in Crayford and there was no mention of it at all. Its so frustrating that hardly anyone knows of this great link to our distant past. Its not really the teachers fault as not everyone has an interest in history, but it made me think that it would be great to try and take this story on and provide local schools with the means to tell it. I know that much of the Hengest and Horsa story is based on legend, but as a story to fire the imagination of local kids it would be great.

    In creating our Wilfred Salmon film we ran a summer holiday project in 2017 with 14 children who were trained by youth film makers Digital Works to make the documentary film. We also used animated and 3d scenes to bring alive the story. I am thinking of using this as a template for a Hengest and Horsa project. We are aiming to get children to visit the Museum of London, British Library and British Museum so that they can not only look to write up the legendary story, but also to address how much of it is fact and how much fiction through a film. I would hope to add this content to a new section of the Crayford History website which I have been working on for ten years. To do this we would need to interview experts on the Saxon period to highlight how much we can believe to be true and how much myth. It is in this context that I am approaching you to see if you would be willing to be interviewed. If I can organise this through Kate it will be at the British Museum on the 25th July.

    In addition to the film we are also planning to work with BM illustrator Kate Morton and her husband David to create a story book and school resource: A Spot Called Crayford: the Legend of Hengest, which we can give to local schools, so that they can use this wonderful story to teach children about the Saxon heritage of our area. We plan to trial these resources and bring two classes to the British Museum to visit the Anglo Saxon Galleries in the autumn of 2018.

    Hope to hear from you

    Pete

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