Tomorrow, the second part in my Tales of Forbidden Love from the Danelaw, Bjarni the Hero, will be published. It is what I would call ‘historical-lite’, which means the story concentrates more on how people behave and their relationships with each other rather than on an extremely detailed historical setting. So more of a Romance than a Historical.
I’m holding a Facebook Launch party for Bjarni the Hero on 15th December 7.30- 10.00 p.m. GMT. Please visit it here:
If you are wondering what the Danelaw was, here is a good explanation from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK
What was the Danelaw?
The Danelaw roughly occupied the area north of a line drawn from London to Chester (see map). It included five fortified towns, or burhs, including Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham, Stamford and Derby.
This division of land meant that the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings could live and trade peacefully. Most of the modern place-names which have Viking elements are in what would have been the Danelaw.
The Danelaw slowly became smaller over time. By AD918 the southern Danelaw was back under Anglo-Saxon control. In the north, Viking power collapsed after the Battle of Brunanburh in AD937.