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The King's Hounds av Martin Jensen
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The King's Hounds (utgåvan 2013)

av Martin Jensen (Författare), Tara Chace (Översättare)

Serier: The King's Hounds (1)

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The first in the bestselling Danish series of historical mysteries The newly crowned King Cnut of Denmark has conquered England and rules his new empire from Oxford. The year is 1018 and the war is finally over, but the unified kingdom is far from peaceful. Halfdan's mixed lineage--half Danish, half Saxon--has made him a pauper in the new kingdom. His father, his brother, and the land he should have inherited were all taken by the new king's men. He lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, Halfdan now wanders the country aimlessly, powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a former monk, he sees no reason not to accept his strange invitation to travel together to Oxford. Winston has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the king at the invitation of his new wife, and the protection of a clever man like Halfdan is well worth its price in wine and bread. But when the pair's arrival in court coincides with news of a murder, the king has a brilliant idea: Why not enlist the newly arrived womanizing half-Dane and the Saxon intellectual to defuse a politically explosive situation? The pair represents both sides of the conflict and seem to have crime-solving skills to boot. In their search for the killer, Halfdan and Winston find seduction, adventure, and scandal in the wild early days of Cnut's rule.… (mer)
Medlem:laukibbe
Titel:The King's Hounds
Författare:Martin Jensen (Författare)
Andra författare:Tara Chace (Översättare)
Info:AmazonCrossing (2013), 272 pages
Samlingar:Import from Goodreads, Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:fiction-asst

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Read for the second time - In the time of King Cnut he instructs an illuminator, Winston, and a landless nobleman, Halfdan, to find out the murderer of a Saxon thane, named Osfrid.
An interesting and well-written mystery which kept my interest throughout. With its likeable main characters ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
This book was set in 1018 during the reign of King Cnut, an era and reign I knew nothing about so an educational read for me. The narrator is a former nobleman's son who has turned thief and con man in order to survive, who ends up being befriended by an illuminator on the road to Oxford. The illuminator (one of the best in the land) has been retained by King Cnut's consort to illuminate a book to be gifted to the King. Once arriving at Oxford however, the two are appointed by the King to look into the murder of a nobleman. This book started strong and I liked the characters, but after they actually started to look into the murder there was a lot of characters, and a lot of running around, so the book didn't finish as strongly as it started. I may read the next in the series to see if it improves. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
From the recent novels I've read set during the Norman conquest, I've now moved back 50 years to an earlier invasion of England, that of the Danish King Canute, 1000 years ago this year. He defeated the English King, Edmund Ironside in 1016, and they made a deal to divide the country between them, with the survivor inheriting the whole kingdom. Ironside died later that year, though it isn't clear if it was murder or he died of his wounds at the decisive battle of Essandun. This novel is set a year or two later when Canute is trying to unite the fractured kingdom he has conquered. Against this tense background, a Saxon noble is murdered just before a crucial meeting of the Saxon Witenagemot and Danish Thing (a similar assembly of notable men) in Oxford. Step forward our two protagonists: Halfdan, whose father, a Saxon nobleman, died at Essandun and whose mother was Danish; and Winston, an ex-monk who is a skilled illustrator of manuscripts. The characters are good, well rounded and far from being Medieval stereotypes; most of the minor characters are also interesting and believable. This is the first of what appear to be a trilogy of novels, translated from the original Danish; my only criticism was that some of the translation jarred as it sounded a little too modern to me. A good read, and I already have the sequel on my Kindle (downloaded before I read this in some earlier sale). ( )
  john257hopper | Oct 25, 2016 |
Good start to a series. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
3.5 stars. I might have given this 4 stars if I hadn't been annoyed by a glaring historical inaccuracy in the very beginning -- Winston, the illuminator of manuscripts, was using a graphite pencil. While graphite was discovered (in the early 1500s) much earlier than I had expected when I looked into this, it was still much later than the setting of this novel in 1018. This was the only such inaccuracy that I noticed so it is too bad that it happened so early and tinged my opinion of the book.

This Danish mystery is set in England a few years after King Cnut (Canute was the way I would have spelled it) began ruling. I found this early medieval setting, when Angles, Jutes, Saxons, and Danes (Vikings) were first coming together into a unified country very interesting. While I had heard of King Canute before, I hadn't really realized that there was a time when England (and apparently Ireland too?) was under the rule of the Danes. One thing I would have liked that was missing was an appendix with definitions of some of the historical terms (such as housecarls, Witenagemot, etc.). Most of the meanings became clear from the context but it would have been a nice addition to the book.

I liked the use of the Saxon Winston coupled with Halfdan, a young dispossessed nobleman -- whose mother was Danish and father Saxon -- as main characters. Not only do the two provide a way to see different ethnicities but Winston had a background in the religious life (monasteries and abbeys) while Halfdan knew more about the "wild" side of life from his days of living hand-to-mouth. The murder investigation by these two was fine with the caveat that this was not a mystery that the reader could solve before the 'detectives'. I will be reading more from this series. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2015 |
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The first in the bestselling Danish series of historical mysteries The newly crowned King Cnut of Denmark has conquered England and rules his new empire from Oxford. The year is 1018 and the war is finally over, but the unified kingdom is far from peaceful. Halfdan's mixed lineage--half Danish, half Saxon--has made him a pauper in the new kingdom. His father, his brother, and the land he should have inherited were all taken by the new king's men. He lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, Halfdan now wanders the country aimlessly, powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a former monk, he sees no reason not to accept his strange invitation to travel together to Oxford. Winston has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the king at the invitation of his new wife, and the protection of a clever man like Halfdan is well worth its price in wine and bread. But when the pair's arrival in court coincides with news of a murder, the king has a brilliant idea: Why not enlist the newly arrived womanizing half-Dane and the Saxon intellectual to defuse a politically explosive situation? The pair represents both sides of the conflict and seem to have crime-solving skills to boot. In their search for the killer, Halfdan and Winston find seduction, adventure, and scandal in the wild early days of Cnut's rule.

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