Troubador Angles or Angels?

Released: 11/06/2019

ISBN: 9781789018400

eISBN: 9781838599386

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Angles or Angels?

To unite a kingdom, a family will be divided forever


Late 6th century Britain. 

Regional kingdoms are engaged in a ruthless struggle for supremacy. To the south, Saxon kings predominate but, in the north, British leaders are combining in a final effort to overthrow their two Angle rivals in Deira and Bernicia. To survive, the Angle warlords must put aside their ancient rivalry. 

Acha, daughter of one king is chosen to act as ‘peace-weaver’ by marrying the rival leader. But when her intended husband kills her father and disinherits her young brother, she has to choose between her lover, her family and her duty to the wider kin. 

Against a backdrop of military campaigns that decide the shape of northern Britain, this story follows the personal tragedies that force siblings into rival camps. The outcome may be a united kingdom but families will be divided forever.

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"It was amazing. Absolutely gorgeous book - Highly recommended - A Must Read!"
"A highly enjoyable read with a serious theme.
"A tour de force! Very convincing flavour of Anglo Saxon Britain."
"I will be recommending this book to everyone- I don't usually have time to read much but this kept me staying up late."
"I read the book on Kindle and much enjoyed it. Congratulations on producing a great piece of historical writing inter-woven with a romantic adventure story."

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David Stokes

David Stokes in brief

Studied history at Oriel College, Oxford. Early career in business before becoming an academic at Kingston University, publishing articles and books; awarded doctorate and emeritus professorship. Now using my research knowledge and love of the past to write historical fiction mainly of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Married to Sue. Four children, none of who have names beginning with AE, despite my efforts. Hobbies outside of historical research are mainly sport (tennis and rowing currently).

I'm quite old by some definitions (but then you have to be old to write about the Anglo-Saxons, don't you?).

Enough of me: the original Anglo-Saxons are much more interesting. If you don't believe me, download a sample of their lives at

Publications by the author:


Angles or Angels? (May, 2019)

The Happy Ending (2017)

First Queen of the English (late 2019)

Non fiction

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship 7th edition (2015, with Nick Wilson)

Entrepreneurship (2010, with Nick Wilson and Martha Mador)

Marketing: A brief introduction (2007, with Wendy Lomax)

Marketing 3rd edition (2002)

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