Edwin: High King of Britain

Edwin: High King of Britain Review

Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Northumbria, England

In 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin's usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure--the missionary Paulinus-- who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point.

Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life.

This turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade--and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.

The dramatic story of Northumbria's Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English.

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  • Jane

    I was thrilled to read such an excellent historical novel on Edwin, an unjustly obscure monarch in English history. Edwin lived in the 7th century. Following very closely the writings of the Venerable...

  • Samantha

    This skillfully constructed story resurrects Edwin, High King of Britain, from the 7th century. The reader is introduced to Edwin in a seemingly impossible situation. He is in exile at the court of a ...

  • English

    Britain 604 AD. Two centuries after departure of the legions Roman Britannia was gone- its cities abandoned, the land divided into petty kingdoms under barbarian warlords vying for wealth, glory and p...

  • Stephanie

    I am absolutely thrilled with this story! Outstanding read beyond any expectations I had for historical fiction. And that says a lot right there for just how good this book is. For a long time I have ...

  • Doug Hibbard

    Every now and again, I read a book that causes me anger. Not anger at the book’s contents or presentation. Anger that the author wrote what I should have thought of first.Edwin, High King of Britain...

  • Brett Markham

    I won this book through first reads giveaway. I really enjoyed reading about this period in English history that I know little of. The author did a great job telling this very interesting story. I fou...

  • Joy C.

    A second five star read for 2017 - yay!This book. Oh my goodness, I've got "all the feels"!! *sobs* What an amazing, beautiful, touching story, and to think that its based on true events and a true ki...

  • Sara

    This is a First Reads for me - I won this as a Giveaway.The story revolves around King Edwin and the struggles he faces both in consolidating small, petty kingdoms into one and also whether or not he ...

  • Fiona

    Edwin: High King of Britain is a well written and well researched book about early 7th century England. For Uhtred fans, Edwin was also king of Northumbria and lived at times in Bamburgh Castle. If yo...

  • Claire (Clairby11xxx)

    (7/10) I'm a big historical fiction fan and this was very well written and researched. It tells the story of Edwin's rise to power in the 7th century and his conversion to Christianity, something I kn...