by Steven H Silver
"An intricate and engaging alternate history that begins with King Harold's victory at the Battle of Hastings and then dives deep into an allohistorical look at the political, social and religious intrigue that Harold must deal with to create the England he desires. There's plenty of battle action, loads of royal backstabbing and a chance for readers to see what might England's future might have been had the Battle of Hasting gone differently. Highly recommended for alternate-history fans!"
Award-winning author of The Moe Berg Episodes
and editor of Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories
The Big Idea on After Hastings at John Scalzi's Whatever, 7/13/20. What if King Harold had Prevented the Norman Conquest: After Hastings by Steven H Silver on Black Gate, 7/13/20. My Favorite Bit about After Hastings at Mary Robinette Kowal's blog, 7/17/20. After Hastings: On Names about After Hastings at Black Gate, 7/24/20. After Hastings: The Novels I Didn't Write at File 770, 8/17/20.
The victory of King Harold over William the (Would-be) Conqueror at Hastings in 1066 sets in motion an ever-expanding cascade of events-beginning with a conflict with the Papacy. Rome's envoy to England, the papal legate Hildebrand, refuses to recognize Harold's right to the island kingdom's throne.
Harold didn't back down from William, and he's not going to back down now. He brings to England a Scottish monk, Colum-cille, setting underway a renaissance of the Celtic Church that hasn't been seen since the Synod of Whitby.
As Colum-cille creates in England a church with a decreased importance for clergy and an increased emphasis on monasteries, Harold must deal with a Grand Alliance put together by the Papacy. The English earls and clergy are split between those who support Harold and those who are unhappy with his decision--and far from the island, Harold tries to form his own alliances with the Moors in Spain and the Byzantine Empire.
What next? It would have been so much simpler if William had won at Hastings like he was supposed to.