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The Rival Heirs; being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune   By: (1836-1890)

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The Rival Heirs; being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by Augustine D. Crake is an enthralling historical fiction novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through a tumultuous era in Post-Norman England. Crake's expert storytelling and meticulous attention to detail create an immersive reading experience that will leave readers yearning for more.

Set in the 12th century, the story follows the descendants of Ethelwulf, a noble Saxon lord who previously fought against the Norman conquerors. As the Normans consolidate their rule, tensions rise between the ruling class and the native Saxons, resulting in a power struggle that sets the stage for a riveting tale of ambition, loyalty, and love.

Crake's characterization is one of the novel's strong suits. Each character comes alive on the pages, brimming with complexity and depth. From the pure-hearted hero, Herstan, to the conniving and treacherous villains, the range of personalities is astonishing. The genuine emotions conveyed through the characters' struggles, triumphs, and sacrifices will resonate with readers on a deep level.

The author's eloquent prose paints a vivid picture of medieval England, transporting readers to a time when chivalry, honor, and courtly love still held sway. Crake's extensive research is evident in his attention to historical accuracy, as he seamlessly weaves real events, customs, and anecdotes into the narrative. This not only adds authenticity to the story but also educates readers about this fascinating period in history.

The pacing of the novel is near perfect, with Crake expertly balancing moments of intrigue and action with introspection and reflection. Each chapter unfolds effortlessly, propelling the story forward while still allowing readers to savor the rich tapestry of the world he has created. The climactic scenes, complete with epic battles and unexpected twists, are masterfully executed, making it near impossible to put the book down.

While The Rival Heirs is the third installment in the Aescendune series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Crake skillfully provides enough background information to bring new readers up to speed, while still offering a deeper exploration of the characters and their relationships for long-time fans.

Overall, The Rival Heirs; being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune is a captivating and emotionally resonant novel that transports readers to a bygone era. Augustine D. Crake's impeccable storytelling, fascinating characters, and attention to historical detail make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction. Whether you are already familiar with the Aescendune series or a newcomer to Crake's work, this book will leave you enthralled from beginning to end.

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THE RIVAL HEIRS:

Being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune; by Rev. A. D. Crake.

PREFACE.

CHAPTER I. THE ANGLO SAXON HALL.

CHAPTER II. THE BLACK AND DARK NIGHT.

CHAPTER III. THE WEDDING OF THE HAWK AND THE DOVE.

CHAPTER IV. THE NORMAN PAGES.

CHAPTER V. A FRAY IN THE GREENWOOD.

CHAPTER VI. A REVELATION.

CHAPTER VII. FRUSTRATED.

CHAPTER VIII. VAE VICTIS.

CHAPTER IX. A HUNT IN THE WOODS.

CHAPTER X. EVEN THE TIGER LOVES ITS CUB.

CHAPTER XI. ALIVE OR DEAD?

CHAPTER XII. THE ENIGMA SOLVED.

CHAPTER XIII. "COALS OF FIRE."

CHAPTER XIV. THE GUIDE.

CHAPTER XV. RESTORED TO LIFE.

CHAPTER XVI. RETRIBUTION.

CHAPTER XVII. THE ENGLISH HEIR TAKES POSSESSION.

CHAPTER XVIII. AT THE ABBEY OF ABINGDON.

CHAPTER XIX. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CONQUEROR.

CHAPTER XX. THE MESSENGER FROM THE CAMP OF REFUGE.

CHAPTER XXI. TWO DOCUMENTS.

CHAPTER XXII. THE CHAPTER HOUSE OF ABINGDON.

CHAPTER XXIII. "GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY."

CHAPTER XXIV. THE CASTLE OF OXFORD.

CHAPTER XXV. IN THE FOREST OF LEBANON.

CHAPTER XXVI. "QUANTUM MUTATUS AB ILLO HECTORE."

CHAPTER XXVII. THE FRIENDS WHO ONCE WERE FOES.

CHAPTER XXVIII. AESCENDUNE ONCE MORE.

PREFACE.

This little volume, now presented to the indulgence of the reader, is the third of a series intended to illustrate the history and manners of our Anglo Saxon forefathers, whom a great historian very appropriately names "The Old English:" it does not claim the merit of deep research, only of an earnest endeavour to be true to the facts, and in harmony with the tone, of the eventful period of "The Norman Conquest... Continue reading book >>




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