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“My astonishment grew by the page. Somehow Julian de la Motte summons up an image of the Europe of 1,000 years ago, an account that feels not at all like fiction, but instead real; an uncanny historical rendering. If you don’t believe me then open Senlac. It might just be the best historical fiction you’ll ever read.” —Charles McNair, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction author of The Epicureans 

Senlac is a two-part historical novel that brings to life the turbulent period leading to the Norman conquest of England in 1066, when the English were forced to defend the kingdom against invasions by both the Normans and the Vikings. The book is named for the hill upon which the final defense was mounted. The results would dramatically change the course of history.

 Senlac, Book One, opens during Christmas, 1065, a time of grave national crisis and disquieting omens in England, when the aged King Edward the Confessor, the seventh son of Æthelred the Unready, dies in the Palace of Westminster in London. Even as a successor is crowned by popular acclaim, King Harold II faces attack from two formidable neighbors: the Viking army of Harald Hardraada, and the Norman forces led by William the Conqueror. Also in play is Harold’s own exiled younger brother, Tostig, who is bent on revenge against the King who banished him.

​In Book Two of Senlac, the inevitable happens; forces are engaged in a violent, bloody war. Each of the three powerful leaders is forced to the very limit of their abilities and resources as they fight to achieve their ambitious goals. The result is the tragic year of The Three Battles, the death of thousands of warriors and common people conscripted for the carnage, and the destruction of a whole way of life. Nothing will ever be the same.

 Carefully researched and re-imagined by Londoner and first-time novelist Julian del la Motte, Senlac turns the dust of the past into living flesh and action and emotion. A must for lovers of detailed historical fiction.