Entries by Michael Wills

The tribulations of travel, Part 2

Continuing the narrative from an article published in 1810 about a journey down the St Lawrence Seaway: “One of the crew caught hold of me, and kept me down under the water, but contrary to my expectation, let me go again. On rising to the surface, I got hold of a trunk, on which two […]

The tribulations of travel : Part 1

Having published “Three Kings – One Throne”, the second book in my trilogy, “Finn’s Legacy”, I decided to take a short break from the eleventh century and fast forward seven hundred years to the American War of Independence. As always, when researching for a novel, source material tempts one to get side-tracked. My putative story includes a journey in 1776, down the […]

Read a sample of “Finn’s Fate”

Chapter 1                                                                                        Floga                                   The pack of wolves huddling together for protection from the blizzard were at first puzzled by the sounds carried on the wind, but soon they caught the scent of smoke. The pack, a family of eleven, was near their den, which was on a steep rocky mountainside overlooking the frozen lake. […]

Read a sample of “Three Kings – One Throne”

Sample of “Three Kings – One Throne”    Chapter 4  “Memories of a Warrior”   “Ivar, the  old grey-haired warrior, sat  patiently on  his  horse” “waiting for three trumpet blasts which would call him to action, but he knew that, though he was in full armour, he might have a long wait before he was […]

The road to Miklagard

The popular image of the Vikings is of bloodthirsty warriors, and many of them definitely were. However, although a proportion of the men known as the Vikings were trained warriors, many, if not most, were ordinary farmers and fishermen. It was mainly the prospect of easy pickings abroad which persuaded them to rove the coasts […]