Eadric And The Wolves: A Novel Of The Danish Conquest Of England

Genre: Action Adventure, Historical Fiction

For Fans Of

Bernard Cornwell, James L. Nelson and Robert Low have all published rousing Viking adventure novels. My story has been most frequently been compared to those of Mr. Cornwell, although I am more interested in utilizing all available historical information as the skeleton of my narrative than is that well-known and respected novelist.

Book Summary

Eadric of Mercia becomes one of the most charismatic and powerful men in England, sharing a life with a Danish beauty while married to an English princess. However, haunted by the public murders of people close to him, he will be forced to choose between his eminent status and loyalty to his own Anglo-Saxon people, and his desire for justice--and revenge.

The infamous St. Brice's Day massacre in 1002 A.D. becomes a provocation for increased attacks on England and two invasions, but it is also a catalyst for decisions that Eadric will make years later. His revulsion at the genocidal impulses of the most powerful people in the land will lead him to what English historians have called the greatest betrayal of the eleventh century.

Seen as a villain by many during his lifetime and after, he is surrounded by people who casually employ treachery, and institutions that consistently act in bad faith. In this thoroughly researched novel, David Mullaly tells a story that challenges the traditional narrative about Eadric.

Appearances can be profoundly deceiving. Loyalty in the defense of evil is no virtue, and what may look like betrayal could be the only good option for a brave leader.


With Eadric and the Wolves, David Mullaly puts his considerable knowledge of all aspects of Viking-age England to good use, crafting a story that is both historically accurate and thoroughly engaging.--James L. Nelson, author of the Norsemen Saga

About the Author

After teaching English and creative writing for a few decades at both the high school and the college levels, I imagined writing something substantial, but I had no clue for a subject. My involvement in buying and selling Viking artifacts, and doing the historical and archaeological research needed to be knowledgeable about them, certainly expanded my horizons. However, it wasn't until I stumbled on the figure of Eadric of Mercia that I found a subject I believed I could present in a genuinely different and hopefully interesting way.

As a side note, while I was learning about the Vikings, I came to the conclusion that I likely have some Norse blood in me. I'm Irish on both sides of my family, going way back, but I have blond hair, blue eyes, a red beard, and skin that just doesn't like the sun--which doesn't sound at all like Celtic physiology. In fact, the Vikings, primarily from Norway, invaded and in some cases settled in Ireland, especially along the east coast.

So, I tell myself that I am part Viking, but I have absolutely no interest in getting a DNA test to confirm or refute my theory. I like the idea of having some Viking ancestry, and I'll leave it at that. Science has its place, but so does a good story.

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