The eleventh century was the most turbulent time in English history with six kings in sixty years. “Three Kings – One Throne” charts the lives of characters, real and imaginary, who get caught up in the maelstrom of treachery, carnage, greed, lust and loyalty.

In part, the novel describes the true story of how the most successful and experienced soldier of the eleventh century, once a member of the elite bodyguard of the Turkish Emperor, launched the biggest ever invasion of England with sixteen thousand men in three hundred ships. An invasion which dwarfed that of Duke William of Normandy in October 1066.

The crown of England was the most contested in all Europe; on the death of Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwinsson took possession of it. In 1066, two other claimants to the throne, a Norwegian and a Norman tried to wrest it from him. This is the story of two warriors who serve these three mighty men, their lives and those of their masters.

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Reader reviews

By R. Lee Holz,

5 out of 5 stars

This review is from: Three Kings – One Throne (Finn’s Legacy) (Kindle Edition)

Three Kings – One Throne is a fictional fleshing out of what is known about roughly the middle third of the eleventh century c.e. The attempted is well conceived and well-executed with the stories of two mid-level noblemen who wind up on opposites sides of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 providing additional excitement and interest to the better known stories of Earl (later King) Harold, Harald Hardrata (King of Norway) and William, Duke of Normandy. I found the book convincing and thoroughly enjoyable.

By Jaffareadstoo

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 4 out of 5 stars

This review is from: Three Kings – One Throne (Finn’s Legacy) (Paperback)

The turbulent history which surrounds the invasion of England in the eleventh century is a complicated affair. The crown of England was a prize to be cherished above all prizes, and there were good men and bad, who were prepared to fight to the death to gain control of so rich a treasure. In 1066, on the death of Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwinson claimed the English crown, but standing by were two other claimants, a Norwegian and a Norman, who were both fully determined to stake their claim. Violence, greed and carnage were never off the agenda as opposing forces clashed and fought their way to victory.

What’s interesting about Three Kings -One Throne is that the story is narrated by two protagonists who are caught on opposing sides; Torkil, an Anglo Saxon thayne is on the side of Godwinson, whilst Ivar, a Danish orphan is part of the Norwegian opposing forces. Both men live with rough justice and violence, and are no stranger to their own brand of complicated deception.

There were occasionally times when the book seemed to flag a little, the task of explaining this particular snapshot of history is momentous, but overall Michael Wills has done an admirable job in bringing together all the intricate historical details, and has woven a credible tale of adventure and political skulduggery.

There are helpful footnotes scattered throughout the text which help to put the narrative into historical context, and the epilogue is especially valuable, as it references the history of 1065/1066 in easy to understand detail. If you to want to learn more about this crucial period in English and European history, there is an extensive bibliography with some useful references for further reading.

It’s not crucial reading, but it does sort of make sense to read Michael Wills’s previous book, Finn’s Fate as a precursor to Three Kings – One Throne, as it does prove helpful to know the background to some of the characters in Three Kings.

Sir Read-A-Lot’s Review, 15 May 2013

By Sir Read-A-Lot “Stuart (Sir Read-A-Lot)” (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

 5.0 out of 5 stars

This review is from: Three Kings – One Throne (Finn’s Legacy) (Paperback)
There are many tales set in the backdrop of the short reign of Harold Godwinsson and nearly all are written for an purely adult audience. Michael Wills has written a beautifully simplistic story for young adults which entertains and educates at the same time.

It is not as puerile as my own school history lessons were, which basically consisted the telling of a battle where a king had an arrow stuck in his eye before the Normans took over and a long tablecloth was stitched telling the story! Michael Wills has done some breathtaking research and constructed a novel which gives enough of the brutality of the age without causing nightmares to the reader. It is colourful and rich, the descriptions of the various cities in which the action takes place is vivid and helpful annotations explain to the reader where places are or describe items that may be unfamiliar.

If you want to inspire a teenager to read about 11th Century England and develop an interest in history, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It does have elements that are probably a little too mature for any young person under the age of 13, but nonetheless it is pitched perfectly to educate and entertain a teenage audience.

I give “Three Kings – One Throne (Finn’s Legacy)” 5 Crosses!