I'm currently reading Bloodfeud, which sounds a bit like an airport novel but is actually a superbly researched narrative history of 11th century England by Professor Richard Fletcher, a truly remarkable scholar who is regrettably no longer with us.
Drawing the narrative together is the concept of feuding factions (something central to all early Germanic cultures) and how they fuelled the political turbulence of the early/mid 11th century: at least four full-scale invasions, the loss of Cumbria to the Scots, and nine kings in the space of seventy years.
Like everything Fletcher seems to have done, it is written in a wonderfully accessible style, so if anyone's interested in this particular period of Northern European history, I couldn't imagine a better introduction.
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Last edited by Pavlos; 05-06-2011 at 08:55 PM.