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1314

 

About this book:

  • ISBN: 9781904524519 (paperback)

  • Published 2007

  • Price £10.00 + postage

  • 194 pages

  • Illustrated with maps

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About the Book:
This is the second part of a trilogy about the 14th century knight, Sir Andreas de Harcla. It is an epic adventure, based on historical fact, in a troubled period of Border history.

Robert the Bruce plays an important part in the story, as does his sister Cristiana. The story is full of the colour of medieval life in the north of England. It is a tale of tragedy, romance and heroism.

About the Author:

Adrian Rogan was born in Devon in 1954. He was educated at St. Joseph's College, Blackpool, and thereafter stayed in various places until, in 1989, he moved with his wife and family to Cumbria, where they still live.

His first novel, Northern Warrior, was published in 2001. 1314 is its sequel. He is currently working on the third book in the series, to be called The Siege. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Monthly, and a first collection called avalon ballroom (with Mick Yates) was published in 2007.

Reviews:

Harcla is a Westmerian hero defending his homeland against the Scots and Robert the Bruce. Adrian Rogan is a fine writer who has created a grand adventure story and brought history to life with all the battles, the blood, and the stench of medieval England. Keith Richardson, Magazine Editor and Writer.

'1314' is a skillful blend of years of patient historical research and a love of the Borders, an area which was continually fought over during the Middle Ages. Packed with well and little known facts, some of which will surprise you, and interlaced with human interest, this is a book which puts life into the derring do of history. It is also a jolly good read.
Graham Coles, Appleby-in-Westmorland Society.

Adrian adds fictional colour to bring historical bones of warrior story to life
Kirkby Stephen novelist and poet Adrian Rogan has written a follow-up to his first action adventure story about a local warrior who has a chapel dedicated in his memory at the town's parish church.
In his second book... Adrian writes the next part of his trilogy about the 14th century knight, Sir Andreas de Harcla. It is an epic adventure, based on historical fact, in a troubled period of Border history.
Robert the Bruce plays an important part in the story, as does his sister Cristiana. Full of the colour of medieval life in the north of England, it is a tale of tragedy, romance and heroism, interlaced with themes of love, glory, pride and anger.
Adrian was inspired to write about the adventures of the charismatic Andreas de Harcla, a fearless warrior who lived at Hartley, near the town, in the early 14th century, after he visited the Hartley Castle site and found a six inch stone ball which would have once been used as a missile.
He was transported back 700 years and began to imagine what life would have been like then. Following hour upon hour of painstaking research, Adrian also weaves in fictional colour to bring the historical bones of the story to life...
The sequel to 'Northern Warrior' it is set in the summer of the year 1314 when England was defeated by the Scots at the battle of Bannockburn. The book... picks up in the aftermath of the famous Scottish victory which left the north of England in a state of lawlessness and disarray.
Andreas de Harcla emerges and tries to hold the Scots at bay. He has some success, but the main romantic theme of the narrative is driven by his relationship with Robert the Bruce's sister, Cristiana.
She had been captured by the English eight years before and a deal is struck for her release. As part of the exchange she stays at Carlisle for a number of weeks and crosses paths with Andreas de Harcla. In Adrian's book the pair become lovers.
There is an historical document which states that Andreas de Harcla wanted to marry a sister of Robert the Bruce - '1314' puts a case for that sister to be Cristiana. Adrian is now working on the third book of the trilogy, which will be called 'The Siege'.
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, December 2007.


 

 

 

 

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By the same Author:

Northern Warrior

Avalon Ballroom is a new collection of poetry by Adrian Rogan and Mick Yates. It is available from good local bookshops in the Eden Valley.

   
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