Hereward: The Devil's Army (Hereward, Book 2)

By James Wilde

1067. The conflict of Hastings has been misplaced; Harold Godwinsson is lifeless. The iron fist of William the Bastard has started to squeeze the lifestyles out of britain. Villages are torched and males, ladies and youngsters placed to the sword because the Norman king makes an attempt to impose his merciless will upon this unruly nation.

But there's one that stands within the method of the invader's savagery. he's known as Hereward. he's a warrior and grasp tactician and as adept at slaughter because the imposter who sits upon the throne. And he's England's final hope.

In a Fenlands castle of water and wild wooden, Hereward's resistance is simmering.

His military of outcasts grows via the day - a devil's military that emerges out of the mists and the evening, leaving dying in its wake.

But William isn't really simply cowed. less than the command of his ruthless deputy, Ivo Taillebois - the fellow they name 'the Butcher' - the Norman forces will do no matter what it takes to overwhelm the rebels, whether it skill razing England to the ground.

Here then is the story of the bloodiest uprising England has ever recognized - the start of an epic fight that might echo down the years..

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Or the rabbits or the igles or the bats? ’ She pinched him, feigning a scowl. ‘You giggle at my methods, as you usually have. sooner or later i'll placed a curse on you. ’ ‘The hazards of sharing lifestyles with a witch. ’ He pretended to sigh wearily. She rolled on most sensible of him, nipping together with her the teeth. ‘Some males will be proud to lie with a girl expert within the mechanical arts. ’ After a second, he spun her over and pinned her down via her wrists, either one of them guffawing jointly. ‘I am proud,’ he stated, ‘as you good recognize. And prouder nonetheless that you just got here again with me to this God-forsaken position and a lifetime of blood and sacrifice. ’ Her smile appeared to develop unhappy. ‘I knew what the gods meant for you lengthy sooner than our handfasting. I selected to face with then you, and that i won't ever want anything. ’ She hesitated, including, ‘Whatever may perhaps come to move. ’ ‘You don't pass over Flanders? ’ ‘I pass over my father. yet you take care of me now. And although the king has performed his top to wreck this land in , this position is on the subject of my middle. and i've been welcomed through all. ’ ‘Even the monks,’ he teased. ‘They flip their eyes away whilst I go via and fake i'm not anything yet mist. yet they've got now not known as the witch-hunters to burn my flesh with sizzling rods, they usually haven't tossed me into the waters, with rocks tied to my legs and arms to pull me down, and for that i need to supply my thank you. ’ ‘These are English priests. They understand their pals and say their prayers to slot. ’ He threw his hands at the back of his head and stared up into the smoky gloom of the roof. ‘Our English churchmen are fearful of the Norman monks up to the folks worry the soldiers. The king brings his personal abbots in, and takes the gold and the foodstuff. Our clergymen recognize the methods they've got held shut of their prayers are below probability. ’ ‘And they have to paintings more durable to evangelise their Christian ways,’ she stated, resting on one elbow. ‘There are extra heathens now than there have been ahead of the Normans set foot upon your land. In worry of dying and vicious rule, many flip to the previous methods. they're going to pray to any god, if it is going to aid them survive. Many worry it is—’ ‘—the End-Times,’ Hereward accomplished. ‘I listen that far and wide i'm going. affliction and hunger and battle and demise. I see just a guy who might be introduced all the way down to his knees and higher days forward. ’ She nodded, asserting not anything. Hereward furrowed his forehead. ‘What have you learnt? you have got obvious extra visions? ’ ‘I see … a lot. I listen whispers, within the wind, within the streams. ’ ‘Tell me. ’ ‘I think a shadow in my heart,’ she begun hesitantly. ‘Last evening I dreamed of an previous lady sitting on my own upon a pile of bones and her head shook together with her sobs. She was once dressed all in black and in the beginning i assumed she was once a crow, or a raven. Beside her, there has been a churn, however it stood empty. after which an excellent hearth swept around the land, and the girl grew to become to smoke and drifted away. ’ Her face darkened and she or he appeared in the direction of the fireplace, notwithstanding it used to be crammed purely with gray ashes. ‘And you have been there, husband. You got here with the fireplace, and also you laughed because it burned all earlier than you. ’ Hereward eased up and about and stretched, feeling the aches in his muscle mass from the lengthy hike.

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