The Sixth Lost Tale of Mercia: Hastings the Hearth Companion
by Jayden Woods
“The Lost Tales of Mercia” are ten short stories set in England near the end of the Viking Age. These swashbuckling tales, based heavily on true events, educate and entertain simultaneously. In the Sixth Tale, a royal retainer named Hastings fights for his country and the Golden Cross, but entertains unrealistic notions of how his mistress, Aetheling Aydith, might reward him.