Viking: Sworn Brother

By Tim Severin

In London in 1019, a couple of months have handed considering that Thorgils escaped the clutches of the Irish Church, merely to discover himself on the middle of a capricious love affair with Aelfgifu—wife of Knut the good, ruler of britain, and the most robust males of the Viking empire. As this passionate courting among the 2 starts off to spread, it forebodes inevitable outcomes. whilst Thorgils is ultimately at the run back, he meets Grettir, an outlaw feared for his volatility, and the 2 develop into shuttle partners and sworn brothers. on the gates of Byzantium, Thorgils’ loyalty is positioned to the last word test.

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