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Thorstein of the Mere: A Saga of the Northmen in Lakeland

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Thorstein of the Mere: A Saga of the Northmen in Lakeland by William Gershom Collingwood is a captivating historical novel that immerses readers in the world of the Vikings in medieval England. The story follows Thorstein, a skilled warrior and nobleman, who finds himself embroiled in a web of political intrigue and personal vendettas.

Collingwood's prose is rich and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the harsh and unforgiving landscape of ancient Lakeland. The author's meticulous attention to detail brings the characters and settings to life, transporting readers back in time to a bygone era.

The plot is filled with twists and turns, as Thorstein navigates the treacherous waters of power and betrayal. The supporting cast of characters are equally well-developed, each with their own motivations and desires that drive the narrative forward.

Overall, Thorstein of the Mere is a gripping tale of honor, loyalty, and bravery that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and Viking sagas. Collingwood's meticulous research and engaging storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the tumultuous world of medieval England.

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A fine adventure set in 10th-century England at a time when everyday life in north was made hazardous by wars and shifting alliances among Saxon, British and Norse rulers. Thorstein, like his father Swein before him, is a peaceful Norse settler but brave and ready for battle when the time comes. His adventures as child and man will appeal to younger listeners, while older listeners can enjoy a history lesson into the bargain. W. G. Collingwood, artist and antiquarian, set the story in his adopted home of the Lake District, placing Thorstein's settlement at Greenodd on the southern shores of Cumbria and much of the action among the densely forested valleys and open moorland heights to the north - a much wilder region then than it is today.

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