Merlin Douglas Larsen

Biography

I'm "middle-aged", married once, have nine children and a growing number of grandchildren, and I'm retired. I have plenty of time for writing and researching. Perversely, I have little ambition to do so. The books I have written seem to have satisfied my urge to explore and express in this medium. "I know practically nothing about almost everything." That's a mantra that keeps me from getting too full of myself.

The test of a good book is when the author can return to it after many years and find it satisfying. Because we mature in our thinking as we age, it usually happens that a return to earlier literary creations shows up how ignorant we were. If a book we wrote back then stands up to the passing of time, we must have done something right. I must have succeeded in retaining the good stuff and disposing of the bad; because, despite the inevitable flaws that I see now and could not see then, my books and short stories from the swiftly receding past entertain me today.

I put up most of what I think I know on the subject of the Norman Conquest at my Website, see link below....

Where to find Merlin Douglas Larsen online


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Books

The Tragedy of Harold II
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,530. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Category: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Shakespeare never got around to this one. So I wove my two historical novels on the Norman Conquest of England into a stage play, because it is my favorite story.
Last Year
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Price: Free! Words: 23,440. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A short tribute to the memory of my best friend, Rocky Russo. We shared slot car racing, war games, wrote war games rules together, argued history, religion sometimes, had a soul mate kind of relationship as pals, yet were as different as two men can be in most things. Closeness in the presence of so much difference is a mysterious thing....
A Darker Shade of Bright
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Price: Free! Words: 121,850. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Stories within a story of one man's immortality, glory, fall, and return to grace: and finally, to Joy everlasting. A middle-aged cop on enforced leave kidnaps his analyst and compels him to listen to his stories of former lives. The cop is convinced that his memories are real and not mere dreams or imagination. "PTSD", is the analyst's diagnosis. The outcome is undiscovered country...
Raising the Conqueror
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,350. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
What if the Norman Conquest never happened? And the American Colonies never rebelled? And England stood alone against the Nazis of Hitler's empire? This is the story of a pivotal time and a unique man; without whom our history would have been vastly different...
In the Image of their God
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 192,490. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Jerusalem today is a divided city, between the three great "Abrahamic religions" of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Resurgent Islam remembers poignantly the massacre of Muslims perpetrated by Christian "holy war" during the First Crusade. Caught between the two warring faiths, then and now, the Jews have merely sought to survive. This is about that three-sided story....
Jackals In Iron
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Price: $7.39 USD. Words: 177,010. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is the story of the Norman conquest of England, as recalled by Count Guy of Ponthieu, in the year 1100 A D. Monk historians take down his words, as they compile a History of the Norman dukes and kings of England. "Ponthieu has been eclipsed by William Bastard and his brood...”, Count Guy admits, as he begins his narration.