The Lost Tales of Mercia (11 books)

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In the years surrounding 1000 A.D., the Vikings and their king, Sweyn Forkbeard, constantly attack Engla-lond. A weak king, Ethelred II, rules the Anglo-Saxons. He tries to pay off each Viking attack with a steep tax called the “Danegald,” but again and again the pagans return. A masked vigilante called the Golden Cross tries to aid the people of Engla-lond and rally them to warfare, but this… (more)

 

The First Lost Tale of Mercia: Golde the Mother

by Jayden Woods

“The Lost Tales of Mercia” are ten short stories set in England near the end of the Viking Age, releasing every other Tuesday. Though fictional, they are heavily researched and feature many real historical...

Lost Tales of Mercia

by Jayden Woods

All ten Lost Tales of Mercia set in Anglo-Saxon England can now be read in a single ebook. A mother defies an ealdorman for the sake of her son. A boy becomes king at eleven years of age through the scandalous...

The Fifth Lost Tale of Mercia: Alfgifu the Orphan

by Jayden Woods

In the wildest Lost Tale yet, we jump to the year 1014. Alfgifu of Northampton joins forces with Canute, the new and young king of the Vikings. Alfgifu believes that her father was murdered in cold blood by...

The Second Lost Tale of Mercia: Ethelred the King

by Jayden Woods

This haunting short story illustrates the scandalous circumstances surrounding King Ethelred's rise to power at the age of eleven, and reveals why the entire reign of so-called "Ethelred the Unready" seems to...

The Eighth Lost Tale of Mercia: Canute the Viking

by Jayden Woods

As a teenager, Canute struggles to find his place among a fortress of Jomsvikings and the differing religions surrounding them. An unexpected relationship with another Jomsviking, forbidden by the Christians,...

The Sixth Lost Tale of Mercia: Hastings the Hearth Companion

by Jayden Woods

A royal hearth companion named Hastings fights on the front lines of battle for duty and the Golden Cross, but he entertains unrealistic notions of how his mistress, Aetheling Aydith, might reward him. “The...

The Third Lost Tale of Mercia: Aydith the Aetheling

by Jayden Woods

Aydith's story is that of a young aetheling who, despite her royal blood, can get no one to listen to her willful opinions. With the encouragement of a kind hearth companion named Hastings, perhaps she will...

The Ninth Lost Tale of Mercia: Runa the Wife

by Jayden Woods

Runa expects to live her entire life isolated in the woods until she meets Thorkell the Tall. She tries to conform to society through a traditional marriage, but at a very high cost to them both. “The Lost...

The Fourth Lost Tale of Mercia: Athelward the Historian

by Jayden Woods

Lord Athelward, an ealdorman who also wants to write history, finds his peace of mind disturbed when a strange woman named Golde and her young son Eadric show up on his doorstep with a ridiculous proposal. “The...

The Seventh Lost Tale of Mercia: Hildred the Maid

by Jayden Woods

In 1005 A.D., a terrible famine strikes Engla-lond. When a poor young woman named Hildred grows desperate enough to break the law for her survival, a rising thegn named Eadric takes her fate in his hands. “The...

The Tenth Lost Tale of Mercia: Edmund the Aetheling

by Jayden Woods

In the tenth and final Lost Tale, young prince Edmund suspects a plot against his father's life. He turns to his siblings, Aydith and Aethelstan, for help, but King Ethelred heeds none of them. Will they ever...

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