Battle of Brunanburh Review: Fortean Times

I’ve been so busy that I don’t think I posted notice of a review of The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook. The review is from a somewhat unexpected source, The Fortean Times, but it’s a very flattering one.

My favorite highlights:

Many books have been written on the subject over the years, but this will be the definitive text…. The Casebook will be of interest … as an exemplar of how to undertake research into legends of the past, as it goes back to original sources and weighs the evidence thoroughly and transparently, taking into account the contemporary historical context throughout.

Pretty awesome. I was also pleased the the reviewer, Rob Gandy, noted the “tough balance” that was involved in creating a volume that “aims to be useful and interesting to both the educated lay reader and the most specialised academics.” Judging from the ultimate “Fortean Times Verdict” we hit it pretty close to the mark: the book merits a 9/10, “an exemplar for researching historical legends.”


  1. Nicely done! What a great review.

    I do have to say, though, that every time I see the title of the battle, I think you are about to discuss scotch. But that might just be me.

  2. Well, I did have a drink or two while working on it…

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