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The Hammer and the Cross (edition 1994)

by John Holm & Harry Harrison (Author), John Holm (Author), Harry Harrison (Author), Harry Harrison & John Holm (Copyright Holder)

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Title:The Hammer and the Cross
Authors:John Holm & Harry Harrison (Author)
Other authors:John Holm (Author), Harry Harrison (Author), Harry Harrison & John Holm (Copyright Holder)
Info:Tor (1994),
Collections:Your library, SciFi/Fantasy, Military, Myth, Legend, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Religion
Rating:****
Tags:Religion, War, Historical Fiction, Christianity, Norse, Odin, Christ

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An enjoyable read with some interesting characters in it. All-in-all I enjoyed this book though there was little that really stood out for me. Particularly enjoyed the engagement with the Norse mythology, didn't enjoy the mixture of religion and empiricism. ( )
  kale.dyer | Aug 2, 2008 |
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Qui credit in Filium, habet vitam aeternam:
qui autem incredulus est Filio,
non videbit vitam, sed ira Dei manet super eum.

He that believeth on the Son hath everylasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life:
but the wrath of God Abideth on him.

~ JOhn 3:36
Angusta est domus: utrosque tener non poterit. Non vult rex celestis cum paganis et perditis nonintenus regibus caelis, ille paganus perditus plangit in inferno.

The house is narrow: it cannot hold both. The king of heaven has no wish to have fellowship with damned and heathen so-called kings; for the one eternal king reigns in Heaven, the other damned heathen groans in Hell.
~Alcuin, deacon of York, 797AD
Gravissima calamitas umquam supra Occidentem accidens erat religo Christiana

The greatest disaster ever to befall the West was Christianity
~ Gore Vidal, 1987AD
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812523482, Mass Market Paperback)

865 A.D. Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings, threatening all who oppose them with damnation. Only the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia do not fear the priests.

Shef, the bastard son of a Norse raider and a captive English lady, is torn by divided loyalties and driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself. A smith and warrior, he alone dares to imagine new weapons and tactics with which to carve out a kingdom--and launch an all-out war between....The Hammer and the Cross.

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In an alternate history, Britain in 865 is faced with a conflict between the invading Vikings and the native kings, between the followers of the Norse gods and the Church.

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