The Hoodsman - Courtesans and Exiles
The 7th in the Hoodsman series.
After six years of murderous repression by the Normans, by 1072, the English nobility is either dead or in exile. With little hope of ever regaining their estates, the exiles seek work as mercenaries to fight Normans on the continent.
Hereward and Raynar are exiles in Flanders. When Robert the Frisian asks them to help the young King of France, they do. More
This is the seventh book in the Hoodsman series.
By 1072, after six years of rebellion against the Normans, the defeated Anglo-Danish nobility of England were either dead or in exile. Some exiles accepted young Philip of France’s offer to be his mercenaries on Normandy’s northern border, much to the annoyance of the Conqueror.
Meanwhile life was good for Raynar and Hereward in Flanders. Their ships plied the trade route between the Fens and Brugge. They had the backing of the Count of Flanders and allies in great Danish fleet that controlled the North Sea.
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Early in 1102, Duke Robert and his barons went back to Normandy, so England became less risky for travelers. Eustace did not return to Boulogne, as his new wife Mary wanted to linger until Queen Edith’s baby was born. It was an opportunity for him to visit the Honours of Boulogne.
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About The Author
Skye Smith is my pen name. My ancestors were miners and shepherds near Castleton in the Peaks District of Derbyshire. I have been told by some readers that this series reminds them of Bernard Cornwell’s historical novels, and have always been delighted by the comparison.
This is the seventh of my Hoodsman series of books, and you should read the first “Killing Kings” before you read this book. All of the books contain two timelines linked by characters and places. The “current” story is set in the era of King Henry I in the 1100’s, while the longer “flashback” story is set in the era of King William I after 1066.
I have self-published twelve "The Hoodsman ..." books and they are:
1. Killing Kings
2. Hunting Kings
3. Frisians of the Fens
4. Saving Princesses
5. Blackstone Edge
6. Ely Wakes
7. Courtesans and Exiles
8. The Revolt of the Earls
9. Forest Law
10. Queens and Widows
11. Popes and Emperors
12. The Second Invasion
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