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6.19.2014

Edwin: High King of Britain ~ Review

Edwin: High King of Britain 
The Northumbrian Thrones #1
by Edoardo Albert

If you are a fan of English history you'll want to read Edwin: High King of Britain.  This book is Edwin's story from displaced king of Northumbria through the years as he becomes High King of all of Britain.  

Edwin is ready to die, he is tired of running from those he thinks of as allies.  Ready to face yet another betrayer, Edwin comes face-to-face with Paulinus, a missionary from Italy who has a message of hope and prophecy for Edwin.  And so begins Edwin's journey.

But this journey is not only a journey to power, but a journey of the soul when Edwin takes a second wife Aethelburh, the princess of Kent, who brings with her her Christian faith.  This introduction to the Christian faith brings Edwin to a new understanding and he slowly learns to embrace both the faith of his wife and her God.  But forsaking the gods of his people is not easy, but Paulinus has come back into the life of Edwin, having accompanied Aethelburh to her marriage.  With the guidance of his wife and Paulinus, Britain's High King becomes a servant of the Most High God, the Only God.

This story won't bog you down in the details or bore you.  It is well written and will keep your attention.  It kept me up into the wee small hours of the morning because I just had to know what happened.  And it was well worth the headache I had from lack of sleep the next day.  It would be a well addition to any library and would be a great supplement to any high school English History class.  For home schoolers and Christian high schools this would also be an additional resource for Church History.

I was provided a copy of this title by the publisher in conjunction with this Kregel Blog Tour in exchange for my honest review. 



About the Book:

In 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin's usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure--the missionary Paulinus--who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point.
Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life.
This turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade--and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.
The dramatic story of Northumbria's Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English.





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