Thursday 28 November 2019

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The Briton and the Dane: Birthright
By Mary Ann Bernal

Two years have passed since Alfred the Great successfully defeated Guthrum, King of the Vikings.

The fair land of England is at peace. That is, until the harmony is threatened by Guthrum’s angry, vengeful, illegitimate son, Rigr, who is hell-bent on usurping his father’s throne.

Rigr demands his Birthright – an acknowledgment that he is the sole heir to the Danelaw, but his father refuses his claim. Rigr assembles his army, a motley, but formidable, cohort of disenchanted warriors.

Fearsome Guthrum, ruler of everything from Kent to Northumbria, is made aware of the threat and conjures his forces, meeting the rebellious host on the field at Thetford.

Thousands upon thousands of bloodthirsty warriors confront each other on the sunlit, windless plains of East Anglia. The victors will rewrite the course of history, and the fate of England is in the hands of the gods of war.


Helga crossed the inner bailey, walking swiftly towards her family’s private quarters since the sun would soon set, and the main gate closed for the night. She was not able to find Inga and the boys playing with the other children.  She kept praying they were already in their chambers, shouting their names while searching the empty rooms.  She was frantic, hurrying to the gatehouse just as the guards were about to shut the gate.

“Inga and the children are not back,” Helga yelled as she climbed the stairs.  “Do you see them on the main road?”

Helga listened halfheartedly while the soldiers reminded her that the scouting party had already returned and would not set out again until first light. She pushed the men aside, leaning over the wall and suppressing the urge to scream when she saw the deserted countryside.

Helga held back the tears while running to find David, who would still be in the great hall conferring with his advisors. She hurried through the open door and was out of breath by the time she came upon her husband.

“The boys are not in their chambers!” Helga exclaimed, out of breath.

“You are trembling,” David whispered, “what is wrong?”

“Inga has not returned with the boys,” Helga sobbed.

David shouted for his men to bring the horses and requested Brother Aidan be found to comfort his wife.

It did not take long for David and his men to reach the market town where the soldiers searched house-to-house while David spoke with the local merchants. As dusk became night, the men continued looking for the missing children, but they were unsuccessful.

Brother Aidan and Helga had been keeping vigil at the gatehouse, but they watched fearfully as David and his men galloped towards the main gate.

“David!” Helga yelled, frantic and in tears, by the time she reached her husband. “I am afraid.”

“There has been treachery,” David told her.

“What do you mean?” Helga asked between sobs.

“Dalla and Loki are not known.  Our children have been taken.”

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The Briton and the Dane: Birthright

Mary Ann Bernal

Mary Ann Bernal attended Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, where she received a degree in Business Administration.  Her literary aspirations were ultimately realized when the first book of The Briton and the Dane novels was published in 2009.  In addition to writing historical fiction, Mary Ann has also authored a collection of contemporary short stories in the Scribbler Tales series. Her latest endeavor is a science fiction/fantasy novel entitled Planetary Wars  Rise of an Empire. Originally hailing from New York, Mary Ann now resides in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Connect with Mary Ann: Website • Whispering Legends Press • Twitter.

1 comment:

See you on your next coffee break!
Take Care,
Mary Anne xxx