Free history Kindle books for 27 Dec 18

The Ghost of Rome: The Rise of Theodosius

by Virgil Cain

It was famously stated by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes that “the Papacy is not other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof”.

“The Ghost of Rome” explores that concept in detail, utilizing a character-driven narrative to bring life to the final years of the greatest empire the world has ever known. It is the rare work of fiction that informs even as it entertains, illuminating an era that is often derided as the decline of an empire rather than the birth of a kingdom.

As Rome fell into disrepair, the Kingdom of Christ emerged. It was a transition so seamless that one can only be intrigued by the machinations that allowed the improbable rise of Christianity from a lone hilltop in Judea to conquer the Roman world inside of 350 years. It is a series as ambitious in its aim as it is broad in its scope. It puts you in the shoes of those who lived it, bringing life to many of Roman History’s most overlooked contributors while offering the reader a front row view of the rise of the barbarian, the fall of Rome, and the emergence of Christianity as a global superpower.

Volume II of this series covers material that spans from 380 AD to 394 AD.

The Fargoer (The Fargoer Chronicles Book 1)

by Petteri Hannila

In ancient Finland, in a time when Vikings roamed the seas, young Vierra begins her passage to adulthood.

But the medieval north of myth is a dangerous place, and powers both natural and supernatural are ready to take away everything she holds dear. Vierra sets to overcome the odds with her iron will and sharp wit, but fate has more in store for the young woman.

As Vierra ventures ever further from her homeland, she discovers that her destiny is far greater than she could have ever imagined.

But can she break her path painted in stone?

The Fargoer is a historical fantasy adventure that draws its power from the harsh, yet beautiful nature and folklore of Finland.

Praise from readers:

â??â??â??â??â?? – “Unusual, absorbing fantasy… A great read.”

â??â??â??â??â?? – “A beautiful tale full of Nordic mythology.”

â??â??â??â??â?? – “A clever mix of history, legend, and the metaphysical realm of spirituality, Fargoer is a remarkable adventure surrounding the life of Vierra, a strong woman broken, only to rebound ever stronger through her experience and compassionate heart.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “I loved this book. It had action, intrigue, history, and a powerful female lead character.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “I very much enjoyed the story line even though I am not a student of this type of folklore. Looking forward to the next book.”

â??â??â??â??â?? – “Said to draw heavily from native mythology, Fargoer is a work of fiction unlike most I’ve read. The beautiful descriptions of native, untouched Finland and the ways of life for these people bring the reader a deeper understanding of the Kainu people.

â??â??â??â??â?? - “I truly enjoyed this myth-like tale. It put me in mind of old Norse (Viking) tales, but talks of the bravery and cunning of the women”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “Without Fargoer I would not have read the The Kalevala (Oxford World’s Classics), and so would not have discovered unexpected points of contact with other literature that I love.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “This is a novel full of emotions which draws you in. At first, I thought ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ in its style, but soon the story takes on a quality of its own.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “Set in the forests of Northern Europe, this tale is delivered in an epic style, merging the mythologies of Scandinavia with fantasy.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “This is a story that does not romanticize the past, but lays it out there. A whole people fight to survive and Vierra is a symbol of that spirit. She is the Wild Woman archetype, strong in and of herself. She’s far from perfect and this is what makes her believable.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “She was an amazing character of strength and weakness, of love and hate, of willingness to kill and a sympathetic attitude. I look forward to another engaging and engrossing saga with the Fargoer.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “A strange, unique world with interesting characters.”

â??â??â??â??â?? - “This was my kind of story. It blended early history about a faraway place and time with an intriguing main character.”

Behold A Pale Horse

by Delphine Cull

1349: England. Pestilence rages across the land, leaving death and fear in its wake. A young woman and skilled healer, Alyse Elsey, loses her husband, children and friends to the fearsome disease, despite her care and knowledge. Left to care for her best friend’s son, Harold, Alyse sets out on a perilous journey to the priory in Norwich, determined to find a safe haven with Harold’s uncle, a young monk at the priory.
But Norwich has also been consumed by the pestilence. In a world filled with superstition, religious fervor and fear of the unknown, Alyse must find a way to go on without her dead and embrace the love and hope of the living.

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