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Reading suggestions?

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:23 am
by Capt Fortier
I know very little of this period but have been impressed with the rules and keen to give it a go. The rules do provide a good historical overview of early Dark Ages Britain and the rise of the Saxons, but can anyone recommend a reading list (non-fiction and fiction) to help fill out more detail and colour?

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:09 pm
by TroubleAtTheMill
There will be a bibliography in the Compendium of both fact and fiction: I will stick the work in progress list of titles in here next time I have the file open. Note that it isn’t by any means complete at this point.

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:05 pm
by TroubleAtTheMill
Historical Documents
Gildas - "De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae”
Bede - “Ecclesiastical History of the English People”
Nennius - “Historia Brittonum”

Modern Texts
Guy Halsall - “Worlds of Arthur”.
Francis Pryor - “Britain AD”.
Jim Storr - “King Arthur’s Wars”
John Morris - “The Age Of Arthur: A History of the British Isles” (DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!)

Fiction
Bernard Cornwell - The Warlord Chronicles: “The Winter King", “Enemy of God”, ”Excalibur”
Gillian Bradshaw - Down the Long Wind trilogy: "Hawk of May", “Kingdom Of Summer", "In Winter's Shadow”
Patrick McCormack - The Albion Trilogy: “The Last Companion”, The White Phantom”, "The Last Dancer”
Helen Hollick - The Pendragon’s Banner trilogy: “The Kingmaking”. “Pendragon’s Banner”, “Shadow of the King”
Rosemary Sutcliff - “The Lantern Bearers”, “Sword At Sunset”
Howard Wiseman - “Then Arthur Fought: The Condensed Matter of Britain, 378-634 A.D.”
Giles Kristian - “Lancelot”, “Camelot” (out in 2020)

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:14 am
by Peter
Great list.

On your source list, I'd add 'The Goddodin' and 'Beowulf'.

Peter

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:13 am
by Capt Fortier
That's a very helpful list... However, can you clarify?
TroubleAtTheMill wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:05 pm

John Morris - “The Age Of Arthur: A History of the British Isles” (DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!)

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:07 am
by TroubleAtTheMill
Read it, but once you’ve read it read the Guy Halsall book. He demolishes Morris’ arguments rather impressively (and with better citations and evidence than Morris has for his own work)

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:57 am
by Capt Fortier
TroubleAtTheMill wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:07 am
Read it, but once you’ve read it read the Guy Halsall book. He demolishes Morris’ arguments rather impressively (and with better citations and evidence than Morris has for his own work)
I've ordered both and will be guided by your advice about the sequence for reading ;)

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:40 pm
by Knight4d7
Another good historical fiction to read is the camaloud chronicles by Jack Whyte.

Re: Reading suggestions?

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:16 am
by Capt Fortier
Thanks for recommendation. I'd not come across this series. The look interesting and so first in the chronicle ordered!