R. F. Tapsell's The Year of the Horsetails
"Intensely exciting. An inspiration." Harry Sidebottom, bestselling author of the Warrior of Rome series.
Eastern Europe: Early Middle Ages. Nomad warrior must defend sedentary Slavic Drevich people from Mongol-like evil empire and its ruthless Kagan.
Dan Poynter's Ebook Award Gold Winner 2014
Honourable Mention in London Book Festival 2013.
Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2014 More
"I chanced upon a novel I read as a child. Re-reading The Year of the Horsetails by R. F. Tapsell (1967), I realized where my interest in nomadic warfare began and, with Bardiya - Tapsell s siege-engineer, outsider hero - something of the origins of Ballista. Tapsell was a superb historical novelist, and some enterprising publisher should put his works back in print for a new generation."
"Set in an unusual time and place, The Year of the Horsetails creates an exotic, fully imagined world combined with universal themes. Intensely exciting. An inspiration." Harry Sidebottom, bestselling author of the Warrior of Rome series
Eastern Europe: Early Middle Ages. The nomad warrior Bardiya
must flee from the evil empire of the Mongol-like Tugars and
their ruthless Kagan. He receives hospitality from the sedentary
Slavic Drevich people; but fears that they also might succumb to
the might of the Tugar empire. Will he be able to convince them
of their danger and teach them the skills necessary to defeat their
This book was first published by Hutchison in 1967, and has long been out of print. It was a finalist in the Readers' Favorite Awards 2013.
About the Author
R.F. Tapsell was born in 1936, in Croydon, Surrey. He wrote three historical novels (Shadow of Wings, The Unholy Pilgrim and The Year of the Horsetails) He was the editor of a single non-fiction book on royal dynasties: Monarchs, Rulers, Dynasties and Kingdoms of the World. During his National Service in the RAF he was trained as a Russian Language interpreter. He later worked in military intelligence, specializing in Eastern Europe. In 1963 he graduated in History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at London University. In 1964 he married Shirley Joan Fussell at Walton, Stafford. He traveled extensively in Western Europe, the Balkans, Egypt and Iraq. He worked at the University of East Anglia and emigrated to Australia in 1974. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1982 where he died in April 1984. He was survived by his widow Shirley and two sons.