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Jackals in Iron

2.4  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
A historical novel filled with history, and succinctly told with depth and authentic detail. Extensive glossary of medieval terms and maps. This is a tale of sweeping scope, passing through more than a century of intrigue, battles and alliances.

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Unknown Binding, 425 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Agreka Books (first published 1999)
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May 21, 2009 Ruth rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this novel, but I found it practically unreadable. I have enjoyed Mr. Larsen's historical writings on his website, and his extensive knowledge of medieval history is displayed in this book, but his skills as a novelist are rudimentary.

Any time you feel it necessary to list over twenty "principal" characters, you have too much material for a single novel. Far too much of the narrative is taken up with summaries of events, whether key to the plot or providing background for chara
Nov 02, 2008 bookyeti rated it liked it
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“The rolls of parchment, the ink and quills and pencils were arranged and then the monks waited for the Count to speak….”

Larsen’s Jackals in Iron is a “must read” for the avid history buff and for those who have a hankering for distinguished story-telling at it’s best. In impressive rich detail, every turn of the page expounds the history of the Norman incursion of England amongst other notable battles, chronicling the lives and actions of heroes, miscreants and citizens caught in the middle of
Sep 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Although the subject matter is something which I find quite interesting the author's attempt to make the book into an epic poem fails miserably. His love of italics makes reading some sections very tedious.
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I'm "middle-aged", married once, have nine children and a growing number of grandchildren, and I'm retired. I have plenty of time for writing and researching. Perversely, I have little ambition to do so. The books I have written seem to have satisfied my urge to explore and express in this medium. "I know practically nothing about almost everything." That's a mantra that keeps me from getting too ...more
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