Special Guest Post ~ The Evolution of an Historical Fiction Trilogy, by Millie Thom

Thank you for the invitation to guest post on The Writing Desk, Tony. I am delighted to accept. Sons of Kings is an historical trilogy set in the Anglo Saxon and Danish lands the second half of the 9th century. The first two books are available on and I to have Book 3, Wyvern of Wessex , by late 2018. The books follow the lives and exploits of historical figure, Alfred of Wessex, and the fictional Eadwulf of Mercia. The trilogy title stems from the that both characters are the sons of kings: Alfred the fifth son of the historical King Aethelwulf of Wessex, and Eadwulf the fictional son of the historical Mercian king, Beorhtwulf. Their stories run concurrently, and I was careful to fit Eadwulf’s story into the chronology of Alfred’s. I first became interested in King Alfred when I lived and taught in Wantage in the 1970s. Wantage was, reputedly, where Alfred was born. Today, in the market place of the small Oxfordshire town, stands one of the two most famous statues of the Wessex king. The other is in Winchester, which became Alfred’s capital. The story of Alfred’s […]

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