King and Emperor
By Harry Harrison and Tom Shippey
Shef, the One King, is a visionary and warrior. His accomplishments have changed the history of the Dark Ages as we know it - he has defeated the English, the Pope's army and the Norse in turn. Now, he must face the reborn power of the Holy Roman Empire.
While the Gods of Asgard continue to use him as a plaything Shef must defeat Bruno, the German emperor, who wields the Holy Lance which pierced Christ's side. The terrible invention of Greek Fire threatens Shef's fearsome Viking navy, and he must turn to the East to seek new wisdom. Finally, his quest may lead him to the Holy Grail itself.
As Harry Harrison's highly-acclaimed series reaches its climax, not even the gods can predict victor and vanquished.
Harry Harrison (1925 - 2012)
Harry Harrison was born Henry Maxwell Dempsey in Connecticut, in 1925. He is the author of a number of much-loved series including the Stainless Steel Rat and Bill the Galactic Hero sequences and the Deathworld Trilogy. He is known as a passionate advocate of Esperanto, the most popular of the constructed international languages, which appears in many of his novels. He has been publishing novels for over half a century and is perhaps best known for his seminal novel of overpopulation, Make Room! Make Room!, which was adapted into the cult film Soylent Green. He died in 2012.
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John Holm is the pseudonym under which Thomas Alan Shippey, born 1943, co-wrote The Hammer and the Cross trilogy with Harry Harrison. Shippey is a scholar of medieval literature, including that of Anglo-Saxon England, and of modern fantasy and science fiction, with a particular focus on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.
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24 Sep 2013
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