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Books by Edoardo Albert
Warrior: A Life of War in Anglo-Saxon Britain. To be published on 19 September 2019 by Granta Books.

Warrior tells the story of forgotten man, a man whose bones were found in an Anglo-Saxon graveyard at Bamburgh castle in Northumberland. It is the story of a violent time when Britain was defining itself in waves of religious fervour, scattered tribal expansion and terrible bloodshed; it is the story of the fighting class, men apart, defined in life and death by their experiences on the killing field; it is an intricate and riveting narrative of survival and adaptation set in the stunning political and physical landscapes of medieval England.

Warrior is a classic of British history, a landmark of popular archaeology, and a must-read for anyone interested in the story of where we've come from.


Ibn Battuta: The journey of a medieval Muslim. Published 5 July 2018 by Kube Publishing.

Ibn Battuta was no ordinary traveller. Between 1325 CE when he set off and 1354 CE when he finally returned home to stay, he had visited about 40 modern countries and travelled roughly 75,000 miles, going on foot, camel, horse, wagon, boat and even sled.

His travels took him to nearly every part of the Muslim world at the time, from Morocco to Mecca, through Persia and Iraq, down the west coast of Africa, into Russia, over to India and even across to China.

Ibn Battuta's journey gives us a fascinating window into what the world was like in the fourteenth century. With illustrations, photographs, and maps, the rich and diverse world that produced Ibn Battuta is vividly brought alive.


Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army (Conrad Monk 1). Published 20 August 2018 by Endeavour Quill.

Conrad is a monk, but he has become a monk through trickery and against his will. So, it is fair to say that his heart isn't really in it. Conrad is also clever, charming, entirely self-serving, self-absorbed and almost completely without scruple — but in Anglo-Saxon England, when the Danish invaders come calling, those are very helpful attributes to have.

By his side throughout is the gentle and honourable Brother Odo, a man so naturally and completely good that even animals sense it. He is no match of wits for the cunning Conrad but can he, perhaps, at least encourage the wayward monk to behave a little better?

'If I was being invaded by raping, massacring Vikings, Conrad would be the perfect companion to lighten the mood.' - Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and The French Revolution & What Went Wrong.


Oswiu: King of Kings (The Northumbrian Thrones 3). Published 21 October 2016 by Lion Fiction.

Oswald's head is on a spike. Can Oswiu avoid the same fate?

The great pagan king Penda set a trap, and when the brothers Oswiu and Oswald walked in, only one came back alive.

Rumours abound that the place where Oswald's body is strung up has become sacred ground a site of healing for those who seek it. Oswald's mother believes he will protect those he loves, even beyond the grave. So she asks the impossible of Oswiu: to journey to the heart of Penda's kingdom and rescue the body that was stolen from them.

Oswiu: King of Kings is the masterful conclusion to The Northumbrian Thrones trilogy.

"Edoardo Albert's book is brilliant: hugely enjoyable, a galloping plot with characters I care about - exactly the sort of thing I love to read. . . . This was a joy to read from start to finish." Conn Iggulden, author of the Conqueror and Emperor series.

London: A Spiritual History. Published by Lion Hudson.

‘Edoardo Albert… relates the city’s spiritual history: Christianity arriving from Italy, through King Alfred and the medieval church, taking in atheism and theosophy, up to Hillsong and the present. He relates his own spiritual history too, from Catholicism, through atheism, the occult and Islam, then back again. Both are intriguing.’

Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham


Oswald: Return of the King (The Northumbrian Thrones 2). Published by Lion Fiction.

Oswald had found peace. But now he must fight for the throne.

Northumbria lies undefended. Cadwallon and Penda, the kings of Gwynedd and Mercia, ravage the land. Oswald has a rightful claim to the throne, but he is sick of bloodshed, and in his heart he longs to lay down his sword and join the monks of Iona. However, the abbot of Iona does not need another monk; the abbot wants a warrior king to spread the new faith. He must reignite Oswald's hunger for glory and renown, for gold and power and the homage of men.

But, if he does, will it destroy Oswald?

In Search Of Alfred The Great
In Search of Alfred the Great: the King, the Grave, the Legend. Published by Amberley Publishing.

Buried in 899 AD as the King of the English at his capital city of Winchester, Alfred the Great's bones were thought to have ultimately moved to an unmarked grave. His remains had been completely lost to us for centuries until researchers at the University of Winchester discovered what is in all probability a piece of his pelvis in a cardboard box. This exciting discovery has reawakened interest in one of our most notable monarchs. The only English monarch ever to have had the epithet 'the Great', Alfred's reputation reaches down to us through the years. Christian hero, successful defender of England against the Vikings, social and educational reformer. There is a man and a life buried amid the myths. Within these pages, discover Alfred's dramatic story.


Edwin: High King of Britain (The Northumbrian Thrones 1). Published by Lion Fiction.

Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin's usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure - the missionary Paulinus - who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point. Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to great power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life ...This turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade - and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.

Here's what Bernard Cornwell said about the book: "Edwin, High King of Britain, brings to life the heroic age of our distant past, a splendid novel that leaves the reader wanting more." (Yes, that Bernard Cornwell!)

Professor Tolkein of Oxford

Professor Tolkien of Oxford. First published by the sadly defunct High-Res History and now available as an e-book.

J.R.R. Tolkien lived for most of his life in Oxford, and the great university city proved a valuable source of inspiration for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Using photographs both new and old, as well as specially authorised quotations from his works, this absorbing ebook charts Tolkien's life in Oxford, from his arrival as an undergraduate of Classics in the Michaelmas term of 1911, his first post-First World War job at the Oxford English Dictionary and professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, to his death in September 1973.

Presented in convenient ebook format, this is an essential companion for anyone wanting to find out about Tolkien’s days at Oxford, and the relationship of one of England’s most awe-inspiring cities to one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable writers.

Northumbria - The Lost Kingdom

Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom. Published by The History Press.

In Britain, during the so-called Dark Ages, a kingdom flourished that traded as far afield as Byzantium, that sent scholars to teach the kings of Europe, that created unmatched art and weapons, and that produced some of the most extraordinary men and women in history. That kingdom was Northumbria, and hardly anyone remembers Cuthbert and Oswald, Wilfrid and Hilda now, nor how the kings of Northumbria reigned as High Kings of Britain. But the patient labours of archaeologists have gradually brought this story to light, and revealed just how extraordinary this kingdom by the sea at the edge of the world was.

My co-writer, Paul Gething, brings the archaeological chops to the work, seeing as how he is one of the directors of the Bamburgh Research Project, which is continuing to bring to light further discoveries about the kingdom, and one of the key figures in the revolution of our understanding of the kingdom, the people and the times.


Call to Prayer: The Story of Bilal. Published by Kube Publishing.

Written for children eight and above, this story tells the life of Bilal, the first muezzin of Islam. Bilal was originally an Ethiopian, a black man, and a slave. But he was freed by Abu Bakr, who went on the be the first Muslim caliph, and the Prophet Muhammad made him the first muezzin – the man who calls the faithful to prayer – because of his beautiful voice. Bilal thus went from slavery to one of the most public roles of the new and growing religion. This beautifully illustrated book, with original drawings by Angela Desira, reveals the story behind the haunting call to prayer


Imam Al-Ghazali: A Concise Life. Published by Kube Publishing.

December 2011 is the 900th anniversary of the death of the great Muslim mystic, scholar and philosopher, Al-Ghazali. This book, written to be suitable for children at Key Stages 3 and 4, brings the man and his world to life. Having risen to the heights of influence and prestige in the Muslim world while still a young man, Al-Ghazali had a profound crisis of conscience and, leaving everything behind, set off on a career as a wanderer and pilgrim. Widely regarded as the second most influential man in Islamic history, this richly illustrated book will challenge and enthrall the reader.

Ibn Sina
Ibn Sina: A Concise Life. Published by Kube Publishing.

Ibn Sina, or Avicenna as he was known in the West, was the man who knew everything. But his was not a life of quiet study, but rather one full of intrigue, plots, desperate escapes and long imprisonments. This concise biography tells how Ibn Sina revolutionised philosophy and medicine, and make lasting contributions to mathematics and science, while serving amirs and sultans, and fleeing from the more bloodthirsty ones. Such was the scope and brilliance of his work, Ibn Sina can justly be compared to Leonardo da Vinci as a true polymath.
With maps and illustrations aplenty, and background information on the context of the places and times when Ibn Sina lived, this short book brings an exotic, exciting and dangerous era vividly to life.



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