A stunning recreation of the life and times of Oswald of Northumbria:
the first great English ruler. Oswald Whiteblade lived one of the most influential and colourful lives in early English history.
Before his death in battle against the pagans of Mercia cut short his reign 634–42), he reshaped Northumbria as a Christian kingdom, founded the Abbey of Lindisfarne, and instituted a new relationship between land, church and monarchy.
Max Adams’s thrilling account rescues from Dark Age obscurity an unjustly forgotten English hero whose return from exile to reclaim his kingly birthright was the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien’s Aragorn.