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.
Book Four, Bright Helm, was published on 15th October 2020
Ebook out now, Paperback available shortly
Separated by anger and unanswered questions, Byrhtnoth and Saewynn are brought together by a tragic death.
Re-united, they set out on an epic voyage to discover the final truth about his father.
The journey takes them far to the north, to Orkney, swathed in the mists of treachery, and to Dublin’s slave markets where Byrhtnoth faces a fateful decision.
How far will he go, to save those he cares for?
Book Three, Bright Blade, was published on 12th October 2019
Byrhtnoth thinks only of killing the man who stole his sword and wounded his wife. But the blade of revenge can strike both ways.
Erik Bloodaxe has broken his oath and claimed the throne of York. In his anger, King Eadred sends his army to ravage Northumbria. Sent north with the ships, Byrhtnoth suffers storms at sea and fire on land.
After an encounter with an old enemy he is left broken, in mind and body.
Can Byrhtnoth survive until help arrives?
Will he ever fight again?
AD 947: Byrhtnoth has received his father’s sword. But his hall is burnt and the sword stolen. Learning that his father still lives, he swears a solemn vow to find him.
Torn between his quest and duty to Lord Athelstan of East Anglia, friends are hurt when an old enemy unexpectedly reappears. Despised by his best friend for his failure, he is sent deep into Northumbria, to Bebbanburg.
Winter closes in and wolves prowl the hills. Who is the mysterious woman he encounters there? She offers him news of his father – and more.
Will Byrhtnoth remain with her, or return home to discover the fate of the friends he abandoned?
Or should he continue the quest for his father?
The first book: Bright Sword was published 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?
“Great Historical Story
I read a lot of this era of historical genre and medieval fantasy and this is a wonderfully warm explicit story to rival any current author such as Bernard Cromwell and George R R Martin and my favourite Anne McCaffrey. I am captivated by the characters and will look forward to reading book 2.”
Amazon review 5*
“Christine Hancock opens a window to the tenth century; a time rich with intrigue, treachery, plots and skirmishes.”
“A captivating story that will appeal to fans of historical fiction.”
M J Porter
“First in a series about a legendary warrior.
if you enjoy this book as much as I did, you will be looking out for the publication of Byrhtnoth’s further adventures.”
Reviewed by Richard Tearle on behalf of Discovering Diamonds blogspot