Entries by Michael Wills

The Frontier War

My latest book, The Wessex Turncoat, will be published at the end of June. It tells the story of a redcoat soldier in the American War of Independence. Researching the background for the book was a fascinating task. It really illustrated to me the resilience and gallantry of men on both sides of the conflict. […]

A Doomed Army

Welcome to the SilverWood Books Blog Hop! A few of our authors have come together to share a variety of articles and items of interest on their blogs for your enjoyment. There are some lovely giveaway prizes, and – to stay in keeping with the Spring and rebirth theme at this time of year – […]

1066 and the Great Invasion in the North

The “North”? Yes, perhaps the greatest invasion of England ever, took place not at Hastings, but in Yorkshire. 1066 is one of the most famous years in history because it was the year when King Harold of England was killed at the Battle of Hastings and the Norman leader, Duke William, took his crown. But […]

The Vikings: Life and Legend

I had been looking forward to the opening of the new exhibition at the magnificent British Museum in London, “Vikings : Life and Legend”, for some time and we had booked a viewing on the day of the launch. It did not disappoint! The Exhibition has brought together Viking age artefacts, on loan from many […]

The Birth of a Nation

In the town of Jelling in Denmark, outside of the ancient church, there is a pair of massive 10th century runestones. The church itself stands between two impressive burial mounds.

How Christian were the Vikings?

Isolated religious communities were easy prey for the Vikings. The lure of gold and silver ornaments in monasteries, nunneries and churches was irresistible to the Norsemen. Yet many Vikings professed to be Christian. So why did they not respect other Christians?

Vikings and the Hereafter

Vikings had a reputation as fearless fighters. It was said that they did not fear death. Just what did they believe happened to them when they died? The Viking warrior was a hero to his kinsfolk. Men were encouraged to do battle and a violent death brought honour. The Valkyries chose only the fallen warriors […]

Background: The American War of Independence

Up until 1783, England regarded what we now call the United States as a colony, or rather thirteen colonies, as the country was split into thirteen regions. In the latter half of the eighteenth century the population of America was increasing fast and many of the immigrants had no allegiance to Britain, coming from countries […]

May 2013 Blog tour

This is the week of my Blog Tour. I am thrilled that these popular bloggers have agreed to feature my new novel “Three Kings – One Throne”. Here is the timetable for the week, please stop by and take a look at their blogs. Tue 14 Guest Post on Of History and Kings (ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk) Wed 15 […]