Max Adams

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I am an archaeologist, woodsman and traveller. I live in the North-east of England where I write about landscape and history. My next non-fiction work, to be published in Autumn 2017, is called Alfred's Britain - a history and archaeology of the British Isles in the Viking Age. The King in the North has been a non-fiction bestseller since its publication. In the Land of Giants, my latest non-fiction book, is a series of journeys, mostly on foot, through Dark Age landscapes.

In May 2016 I published my first novel, The Ambulist.

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thanks for your question. No, I still haven't made it to Bradwell: I'm deep into a portrait of Britain in the Viking Age, due out next year,…more
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thanks for your question. No, I still haven't made it to Bradwell: I'm deep into a portrait of Britain in the Viking Age, due out next year, and it's swallowed much of my travel time this year. Thanks for that tip on Afordir Cymru; I dare say I'll find I got a few things wrong! (less)
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My debut novel, a literary thriller called The Ambulist, has just been released by Beat&track - my own publishing enterprise. It's a limited edition, and if readers buy it from my own website www.theambulist.uk, they get a signed and numbered copy; it's also out on Kindle on Amazon.

The Ambulist is the man who walks forever.
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“The dark ages are obscure but they were not weird. Magicians there were, to be sure, and miracles. In the flickering firelight of the winter hearth, mead songs were sung of dragons and ring-givers, of fell deeds and famine, of portents and vengeful gods. Strange omens in the sky were thought to foretell evil times. But in a world where the fates seemed to govern by whimsy and caprice, belief in sympathetic magic, superstition and making offerings to spirits was not much more irrational than believing in paper money: trust is an expedient currency. There were charms to ward of dwarfs, water-elf disease and swarms of bees; farmers recited spells against cattle thieves and women knew of potions to make men more - or less - virile. Soothsayers, poets and those who remembered the genealogies of kings were held in high regard. The past was an immense source of wonder and inspiration, of fear and foretelling.”
Max Adams, The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria

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