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The Great Pagan Army

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This is the year 885 A.D., when a thundering army of hardened cutthroats, berserks and axmen trample its way across Western Europe, raping and pillaging at will. They are the Great Pagan Army—the largest array of Vikings ever assembled into one host. No army or city can resist them; no one dares… until a crippled young count finds an old Roman book on tactics.

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Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published (first published July 18th 2010)
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Gerry Burnie
Nov 21, 2011 Gerry Burnie rated it really liked it
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Author Vaughan Heppner has chosen a most interesting period in history as the setting for his novel, “The Great Pagan Army” [Amazon Digital Services, 2010]. Beginning in the 830s AD, the Vikings did indeed exploit internal divisions within Charlemagne’s empire, and several times attacked Paris—the last taking place during 885 – 886 AD.

The main chronicle of this siege is the “Bella Parisiacæ Urbis” (“Wars of the City of Paris”), the eye-witnes
Sep 05, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
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This was a great book that actually covered a very overlooked part of history here in America; the founding of France as a nation from the ashes of the Holy Roman Empire. I would encourage all my fellow history buffs out there to give this book a shot, and even better, give this writer a shot! He's sort of taking the eBook market by storm and he should have been published a LONG time ago. More reason why big publishing doesn't know their a** from a hole in the ground.
May 30, 2012 Hakan rated it really liked it
Good and well-researched alternate-history story with frankish knights, Vikings and monks of the timeframe. Could have been a five-star but for the slightly over-hurried ending which left the impression that the author lost interest in describing the small human things in the life of the protagonists and instead just took the big broad brush of high-level political actions.
Ralph Halse
Jul 05, 2012 Ralph Halse rated it it was amazing
Heppner has delivered one of the better tales in the historical genre. His writing is not only a lateral view of this ancient world, it is peppered with high-quality dialogue, descriptions of places and filled with characters who leap off the page and into your imagination. Money well spent I reckon.
Jeremy Poole
Apr 08, 2012 Jeremy Poole rated it really liked it
Great historical fiction. I would and should have had five stars, but for the fact that I knew the ending, I love history.
Vikings, Franks and the church combine to make an enthralling read.
Jul 24, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
Good read and nice historical fiction of viking invasion of Europe and Frankish knights
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I was born in Canada and remember as a small boy crawling in my snow-fort. I closed my eyes, and when I tried to open them, they were frozen shut. I didn't panic, but wiped away the ice crystals, unglued my eyes and kept on building my tunnel. Those were great days! I moved to Central California before seventh grade and couldn't believe I lived in a lan
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