Tuesday, 11 January 2011

New to Blog

I am author of Sons of the Wolf, a work in progress, currently working on the last chapters. I enjoy history and specialise in the late Saxon period. Here is an overview of what my novel is about.

1054, pious King Edward sits on the throne, spending his days hunting, sleeping and praying, leaving the security and administration of his kingdom to his much more capable brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex.

Against this backdrop we meet Wulfhere, a Sussex thegn who, as the sun sets over the wild forest of Andredesweald, is returning home victoriously from a great battle in the north. Holding his lands directly from the King, his position demands loyalty to Edward himself, but Wulfhere is duty-bound to also serve Harold, a bond forged within Wulfhere’s family heritage and borne of the ancient Teutonic ideology of honour and loyalty.

Wulfhere is a man with the strength and courage of a bear, a warrior whose loyalty to his lord and king is unquestionable. He is also a man who holds his family dear and would do anything to protect them. So when Harold demands that he wed his daughter to the son of Helghi, his sworn enemy, Wulfhere has to find a way to save his daughter from a life of certain misery as the daughter-in-law of the cruel and resentful Helghi, without comprising his honour and loyalty to his lord, Harold.
Following the fortunes of his family, we meet Ealdgytha, his golden-haired wife, attractive, neurotic and proud. Her lust for success and advancement threatens to drive a wedge between her and her husband, while Wulfhere’s battle with his conscience and his love for another woman, tears at the very heart of their relationship. Also central to the story are his children; Freyda, his eldest daughter, reckless, defiant and beautiful; Tovi, his youngest son, his spirit suppressed by the pranks of the red-haired twins, Wulfric and Wulfwin; Winflaed, a younger daughter, whose submissive acceptance of womanhood belies a stronger spirit and a longing to hold a sword in battle like her warrior father.

Sons of the Wolf is snap shot of medieval life and politics as the events that lead to the downfall of Anglo-Saxon England play out, immersing the reader in the tapestry of life as it was before the Domesday Book. With depictions of everyday life experienced through the minds of the people of the times; of feasts in the Great Halls to battles fought in the countryside, it cannot help but enlighten, educate and entertain.

10 comments:

Helen said...

Hello Paula - this looks great! Looking forward to following

Clement of the Glen said...

Great to see you have joined us Bloggers, Paula! I will link you and look forward to reading your work!

paulalofting said...

Thanks guys! i almost feel famous!lol Thanks for both your support. This Blogging thing looks really cool!

Pricilla said...

Sounds like a great read in progress. I found you through Helen Hollick's facebook page

paulalofting said...

Welcome Pricilla!

Carol said...

Ok, I'm hooked! Good luck with the WIP, Paula. Any friend of Helen's is a friend of mine (Norman or no ) LOL

elizabethashworth said...

Good luck with the book. It sounds interesting.

paulalofting said...

Thankyou to all of you. @Carol I am not a norman really, the day Helen met me I was at a re-enactment for 1066 and was with a Norman group as their Saxon slave. But I can see how people might have been confused!lol!

James said...

Outstanding! Keep it up.
-Death to Normandy

Melisende said...

Thanks for the link - looking forward to more posts!