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By: Simon Curtis

The Swordsmith

Pages: 272 Ratings: 4.8
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The Swordsmith is set in the darkest of the Dark Ages, during the early settlement of England by the Anglo Saxons. It is a time of danger and violence where a boy like Osgar
leaves childhood early and is thrust into the battle between Christian and Pagan, Angles and Britons. When his village is raided by Cadrod of Calchfynedd, Osgar sees his father killed and his mother and twin brother taken. His life takes on one purpose; to avenge his father and to rescue his family.
Osgar proves his worth in battle and at the anvil, becoming a blacksmith apprentice to his uncle. While his mother and brother live the pain and humiliation of slavery, he learns the craft of the swordsmith. Eventually, after skirmishes and minor battles, he joins Cuthwulf’s army to fight Cadrod, in a battle to determine the survival of the Anglo Saxons and the future of Britain.
There are five kings and a saint in this story. They all truly lived at this time. Osgar, his brother and mother meet all of them.

Dr. Simon Curtis has lived in Suffolk, England, all his life. He has been a farrier, shoeing horses and working with iron since 1972. Simon was awarded a doctorate by the University of Central Lancashire, in equine locomotion and physiology in 2017, has lectured in 30 countries on the subject of farriery and published five text books. His interest in the Anglo-Saxon period of history has led to The Swordsmith, his first work of fiction.

Customer Reviews
12 reviews
12 reviews
  • Thomas Burch

    Really enjoyed this book. Excellent read.

  • Wayne Upton

    Written by a storyteller who has a passion for this period of our small island’s history and an in depth knowledge of the geography of this area. He forges a gripping tale of a young blacksmith’s adventures. A captivating read.

  • Ed C.

    A fast moving bloodthirsty thriller set 1600 years back, skillfully blending fact and fiction plus metalurgical technical knowledge and all based within miles of his lifelong home. Terrific.

  • Hazel Rolfe

    I started reading The Swordsmith and thought that perhaps this is not for me.
    I was wrong, it is a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, how about another one Simon ?

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