Faltal Rivalry by Mercedes Rochelle
Fatal Rivalry is the third book of The Last Great Saxon Earls historical fiction series by Mercedes Rochelle.
In 1066, the rivalry between two brothers brought England to its knees. When Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey on September 28, 1066, no one was there to resist him. King Harold Godwineson was in the north, fighting his brother Tostig and a fierce Viking invasion. How could this have happened? Why would Tostig turn traitor to wreak revenge on his brother?
The Sons of Godwine were not always enemies. It took a massive Northumbrian uprising to tear them apart, making Tostig an exile and Harold his sworn enemy. And when 1066 came to an end, all the Godwinesons were dead except one: Wulfnoth, hostage in Normandy. For two generations, Godwine and his sons were a mighty force, but their power faded away as the Anglo-Saxon era came to a close
A Word from the Author
To many, the name Tostig and Traitor are synonymous. But it was the sibling rivalry between Tostig and Harold that set up the circumstances leading to Stamford Bridge—and of course, put Harold in the wrong place at the wrong time when William landed at Pevensey. It was Harold’s break with Tostig that led directly to the Norman Conquest. Volume Three takes us through the last fateful two years before the Battle of Hastings then beyond, as the last surviving brother Wulfnoth spends the rest of his life in honorable captivity.
What went wrong between Harold and Tostig? While Edward the Confessor lived, they were both powerful earls—Harold in the south and Tostig in the north. But the Northumbrians were a troublesome lot, and in 1065 they rose up in rebellion, slaughtering all of Tostig’s housecarls and demanding his outlawry. It was Harold’s task to bring the rebels around, but he failed in his mission and Tostig held him responsible, swearing revenge as he left the country in disgrace. When King Edward died and Harold took the crown, he had to face the wrath of Duke William of Normandy and another invader: Harald Hardrada, egged on by the vengeful Tostig.
As with volume two, this book is written from the points of view of the Sons of Godwine. Tostig had his reasons for what he did, and only from his lips can we really understand what drove him to his fatal clash with his royal brother.
(Mercedes Rochelle, June 2017)
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