Harry Harrison John Holm
The Hammer and the Cross
May 26, 2020 Comments.. 606
The Hammer and the Cross Harry Harrison John Holm 865 A.D Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings, threatening all who oppose them with damnation Only the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia do not fear the priests.Shef, the bastard son of a Norse raider and a captive English lady, is torn by divided loyalties and driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself A smith an865 A.D Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings, threatening all who oppose them with damnation Only the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia do not fear the priests.Shef, the bastard son of a Norse raider and a captive English lady, is torn by divided loyalties and driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself A smith and warrior, he alone dares to imagine new weapons and tactics with which to carve out a kingdom and launch an all out war between.The Hammer and the Cross.. The Hammer and the Cross A D Warring kings rule over the British Isles but the Church rules over the kings threatening all who oppose them with damnation Only the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia do not fear the priests S
  • Title: The Hammer and the Cross
  • Author: Harry Harrison John Holm
  • ISBN: 9780812523485
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Colin says:

      I began re reading Harry Harrison t The Hammer and the Cross trilogy in November 2009 as inspiration for NaNoWriMo It is set in an alternate history England at the time of the invasion of the Viking Great Army in 865 C.E The story is about a young man named Shef who ends up joining the Vikings and becoming a carl and then a jarl among the Vikings, defeating villains among their people, the English, and even Frankish knights sent to recover the country for Christendom There are significant supern [...]

    2. Donna Brown says:

      Frankly, this book was a big disappointment, partially because I hadn t realized it was an alternate history Things seemed to be getting pretty afield from what I had remembered of Viking history, so I looked at reviews of the book and found that, indeed, it fell into the fantasy genre than the historical.when I was in my teen or 20s, I would probably have loved this but just don t feel like I have the time for fantasy now One place where it didn t fail me was in the description of the strangle [...]

    3. Chris Branch says:

      One of the most intriguing examples I ve read of the classic story in which the lowly protagonist survives against all odds and rises to the pinnacle of power by use of his wits and his unique talents It draws upon the real history of the Viking expansion into the British isles, and where it may depart from historical accuracy, it nevertheless rings true, with a depth that suggests meticulous research This is a raw and gritty saga, heavy on the pillaging, killing and torture that took place duri [...]

    4. Lisa says:

      I just re read this book I enjoyed it overall I tend to like almost anything involving the vikings, norse, mythology, the dark ages, heroic quests this book is right up my alley I did enjoy it However, the anti christian bias was too much Were there nasty and vile priests in the dark ages Yes, obvioulsy Were there unscrupulous Christians in the dark ages Yes But the book seems to present Christianity as all bad The story does seem rather generic with the norse backdrop Slave moves up in the worl [...]

    5. Jason R Richter says:

      Probably one of my top five all time favorites I read it again and again and every time I think, I should have been a blacksmith.

    6. NonnaBaigia says:

      Finalmente ho trovato un buchino per poter scrivere questa recensionepuff puffe fatica questo periodo Primavera sempre cosi che vado in letargo rispetto al resto del mondo, che, al contrario, invece si sveglia pimpante e fresco, mentre io ho impiegato tutto l inverno ad affaticarmi per non morire di freddo.e qui sorge la prima domanda sul libro ma Shef con tutto quel freddo che c al Nord, come faceva Questi misteri resteranno irrisolti per la sottoscritta Ma torniamo a noi e al libro, ma sopratt [...]

    7. Mindy says:

      This whole trilogy is excellent I have reread so many times the book fell apart Definitely one of the best alternate histories I ve ever read I don t agree with some of the reviewers I don t believe you need a wonderful knowledge of history to enjoy it because I didn t I recognized the Battle of Hastings was tickled and that was it , just enough to know that this is an alternate version I also don t believe this is a book for men Wth No such thing It s adventure, and not quite the triumph of rea [...]

    8. Christine Bowles says:

      This was an interesting book to read and I do look forward to picking up the next two in the series However, I must confess that I do not know mch about the real history told hete, so I was unable to pick up the differences, but this is a history that I will be looking into now that it has been brought to my attention Harrison is a great writer, I enjoyed his style and storytelling skills I forsee many of his books in my future.

    9. Sabrina Spiher says:

      This is a book for men.I m not much of a feminist critic, and I m not going to accuse Harry Harrison of misogyny In fact, I might be betraying myself as a gender essentialist But whatever This is a book for men Read the rest of my review here sabrinaspiher forums v

    10. Bradley says:

      A very compelling and entertaining story I nearly kept this book in my permanent collection so it is a very good read I am going to send this to someone on listia as a bonus surprise book This book is too good not to share.

    11. Pierre says:

      Pretty good fun, but gets bogged down in places and never truly grips you A few of the battles could be lost, they all merge into one after the siege of York The mixing of fictional elements and historical was mostly successful, but hovered in this weird neither nor realm of not quite being historical, but never going into fully fledged fantasy either Decent, not outstanding.

    12. Djordje says:

      UKUPNA OCENA overall rating 4 5Radnja story 4 Okru enje setting 4Pripovedanje writing style 4UTISAK summary odli na alternativna istorija sme tena u vreme vikin kog osvajanja Engleske.

    13. Ramon A Carabeo says:

      Great book No putting down once you startChange is the only solution to humanity, with change comes fear, with fear uncertainty, with uncertainty action , with action change

    14. Daniel Vassily says:

      First entry to a great Alternate History Viking Trilogy.

    15. Wayne says:

      Loved it have to read the other 2 in the Trilogy now.Lover his West of Eden books now he has done it for me again.

    16. Christian Schwoerke says:

      Harry Harrison s Hammer and Cross trilogy is a rollicking adventure story, but underlying its tale is a profound consideration of intellectual and social stagnancy of medieval Europe in the 9th century and consideration of its cause, the pervasive influence of Christianity and the Catholic Church What if the re birth of thought and invention could be kick started 400 years earlier than the renaissance of the late 14th century What might be the circumstances that would enable a man to set in moti [...]

    17. John B. says:

      This time, Harry was anxious for the vision he knew would come His mind buzzed with doubts, with possibilities Yet he had no certainty Something must come, he knew, from outside to help him It came usually when he was exhausted, or sleeping off a heavy meal That day he deliberately took a longer walk through the woods surrounding his estate In the evening he stuffed himself slowly at the dinner table He stretched out to sleep, fearful that his mysterious adviser would fail him.It was a drizzly w [...]

    18. Linda says:

      The promises made at the first of the book are not really kept in the rest It begins with the death of Ragnar Lothbrok, a famous, and perhaps even real, Viking in the asp pit of a Northumbrian king As he dies, he says something in Norse, knowing it will be passed on eventually Gnythja mundu grisir ef galtar hag vissi If they knew how the old boar died, how the little piglets would grunt His little piglets, his four sons, do grunt and join together in a pact to revenge his death So far, so good T [...]

    19. Katie says:

      I had a hard time choosing between 3 4 stars I went ahead settled on 3 because I think it s a good book well written, just not my favorite I probably would have liked it a lot if I knew English Viking history as well as having knowledge of Norse mythology Another problem was I didn t really know where the character was goingwhat his goals were, what was driving himr most of the book This is an alternate history store where the Vikings their gods are pitted against the christian church for contr [...]

    20. Emesskay says:

      I loved Harry Harrison s Stainless Steel Rat series so I thought I would give this series a go Well, can t say that was the best decision I ever made For about the first third of the book I disliked it The second third my opinion changed to neutrality, and by the last third I would say I finally found it interesting and less of a pain to read You may be asking why did I keep reading if I didn t like it, and that is because I wanted to know what happened Even when I don t particularly like books, [...]

    21. Al "Tank" says:

      Take a trip back to the early Middle Ages when Viking raiders broke out of the North and were preying on England, Ireland, and the rest of Europe The Christian Church Catholic was in its zenith of power and depravity, happily torturing non believers and holding power over kings and princes.Into this mix, an English slave, Shef, breaks out of his retched existence and becomes a pivotal figure in a war between Vikings, the Church, the English, and other Vikings Ragnar Lothbrok a real person in his [...]

    22. Michael Hall says:

      An excellent alternate history tale in which the Vikings are the heroes that free Europe from the tyranny of the Church Yeah, it s not truly historically accurate in many places, but that s why it s fiction This story is great I would much rather something like this to have happened in place of the Dark Ages The religious speculation aside, this is a tale of a common born child who grows up to become a great leader of his time using knowledge, innovation, and force of personality to counter the [...]

    23. Simon Cook says:

      Really cool First of a trilogy, all worth reading This is set in England at the time of the Viking invasions the second in Norway the third in the Mediterranean engaging with Arab, Jewish and Byzantium societies The trilogy is a kind of alternative historical fiction, by which I mean it is a history that never happens a tale of the emergence of the One King of the North, told of in song and legend and related to King Sheave or Scyld Scefing in Beowulf.The author is usually put down simply as Har [...]

    24. Jason says:

      I read everything by Harry Harrison I ve even met the man, for crying out loud But to a non fan, every one of his alternate history trilogies follows the same path low born hero finds reputation through innovation and logic in the face of dogmatic illogic So if you ve read one and expect something different, keep walking This trilogy deals with Christianity and the method with which it enslaved the western world Heard enough The heroes in this case are Vikings, who become powerful than true his [...]

    25. Bobscopatz says:

      This is a team written book with Harry Harrison as the senior partner I am largely ignorant of the history of the period relevant to this alternative history novel, so I can t really comment on how well they managed to blend real and made up events I think the characters are well drawn, and I like how this book incorporates believable technology as opposed to, say, giving machine guns to bronze age warriors The writing is crisp Fans of Harry Harrison will recognize his solid, readable style Oddl [...]

    26. Sean Randall says:

      Given that I like a great deal of Harry Harrison s work, i m surprised that I haven t yet read any of his alternative history novels hadn t, I should say, as I now clearly have.I utterly enjoyed this one, I ll admit history not being my strong point I m sure there are many nuances I ll have missed, but even without a grounding in the era it s a fantastic story and an intellectually intriguing experience The combat was well described, the Vikings richly detailed and the linguistics were just incr [...]

    27. Grianne says:

      Voglio premettere che ho comprato questo libro anzi tutta la trilogia soltanto perch era compresa in un pacchetto con altri libri che mi interessavano su e baye devo dire che stata davvero una piacevole sorpresa Una tipologia di racconto molto classica, ma resa in modo particolareprattutto il protagonista trovo sia un gran bel personaggio, molto umano, molto reale ma contemporaneamente con qualcosa del dio Uno stile di scrittura anch esso particolare, i dettagli di scontri, battaglie, sono molto [...]

    28. Sherrill Watson says:

      Mr Harrison has certainly done a lot of research This is a war between workers and Christianity, with the Hammer winning unless you count the last couple of chapters Little Shef Sheaf endures fantastic adventures and has visions which give him ways and means to invent machines to defeat the English on their own land I couldn t envision the war machines even with the illustrations And where were the women ALL cooking and cleaning and having children Were ALL the Vikings battle crazed And ALL the [...]

    29. Amy says:

      This is the first volume of one of my all time favorite trilogies I have owned multiple copies and have read them 3 times over the last two decades.I d recommend reading a Norse mythology book before starting this for those who are not already familiar with it , so the attributes of the various Norse gods mentioned in the series will be understood Shef is one of the strongest and most intelligent protagonists of any series I ve ever read Also worth mentioning, this series is definitely not for t [...]

    30. Jason Kobrin says:

      I couldn t get than 200 pages in this The dialogue is just so unbelievably terrible I m no historian, but I ve got to think that feet, inches, and pounds were not the method of measuring things at that time period The book had a solid story line, except for the rapid transformation of Shef from somewhat slave to ultimate warrior and supreme military mind This book was highly recommended to me, but what a disappointment.

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