Byrhtnoth was Ealdorman of Essex.
He was killed at the Battle of Maldon on 10th August 991.
He was aged around sixty when he died, defending his country from a Viking invasion.
He first appears in history in 956.
Where did he come from? Who were his parents?
The Byrhtnoth Chronicles is a Historical Fiction series about the early life of Byrhtnoth.
The first book: Bright Sword will be published on 28th January 2018.
England in the tenth century is close to peace, but the king is still in need of warriors. At the age of seven, his mother dead, Byrhtnoth is sent to train with other boys, but suffers as he has no father’s name. He is shown a sword, his father’s sword, and he is told that it will be his when he proves himself a man. When the girl he loves is captured by the Vikings he is sent to rescue her. A king tragically dies and Byrhtnoth blames himself. Can he overcome his fears and discover the truth about his father? Will he live long enough to become a man and claim the sword?