1066 and the End of a World.

English: Harold Godwinson falls at Hastings. H...

English: Harold Godwinson falls at Hastings. Harold was struck in the eye with an arrow (left), slain by a mounted Norman knight (right) or both. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In October 1066 Duke William of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings and killed King Harold.  Confident that the path to the throne was now clear he rested his army and waited for the Witan, the council of the great English lords, to come to submit to him.

They did not come.

Instead they chose as the king Edgar Aetheling, the young grandson of Edmund Ironside.  Edgar was the only person directly descended from Alfred the Great and the Witan must have believed that only he had any hope of uniting the country against the Norman invaders.

English: Edmund II of England and his family (...

English: Edmund II of England and his family (Edward the Exile, Edgar the Ætheling, Saint Margaret of Scotland, Edmund , Cristina) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thwarted in his wait for the English to come to him William marched north to seek their submission in London.  A terrible disease, possibly dysentery, swept through the army and William himself became terribly ill.  In a few weeks, however, the army was on the move again, ravaging Kent and heading towards London.

It was at Southwark that the Normans experienced their first setback.  The English, defending their new young king, threw the invaders back at London Bridge.  Unable to enter the city, William burnt Southwark in revenge.

William then led his army on a long sweep west and north of the Thames, destroying everything in his path.

It was by such methods that William made his first mark upon the people of England.

But he still had to deal with the legitimate king of England.


My novels, ‘The Lost King: Resistance’ and ‘Wasteland’ tell the story of Edgar and his resistance to the Norman invaders.  They are available in e-book from all retailers including Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Sony and WH Smith.

The third in the series: ‘Warrior’ will be available early in 2013.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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2 Responses to 1066 and the End of a World.

  1. I shall read them and I wonder what do you know about Christina????

  2. Martin Lake says:

    Christina figures in the books. She is an intelligent and wise woman, who sees the implications of Edgar’s continuing resistance. She will figure in future books before she becomes the head of a nunnery. I like her. She doesn’t always do what I want her to do, though.

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