The Hammer & The Cross

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1994 - Fiction - 480 pages
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Harry Harrison, bestselling author of the acclaimed West of Eden trilogy, returns to alternate history with a major new work: a thrilling and thought-provoking adventure set on an Earth both similar to and radically different from our own. 865 A.D. Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings. Powerful bishops and black-robed priests fill their cathedrals with gold, while threatening all who oppose them with damnation. But there are those who do not fear the priests, and they are the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia. Among these Northern invaders, those who follow the Way of the Gods of Asgard carry the Hammer of Thor as their emblem, and they are sworn to increase mankind's knowledge and strength by conquest and by craft. And as Viking warlords cast hungry eyes upon a weak and divided Britain, the Way collides with the Church, launching an all-out war between The Hammer and the Cross. At the center of this bloody conflict is Shef, bastard son of a Norse raider and a captive English lady. A smith and a warrior, he is driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself. Torn by divided loyalties, Shef alone dares to imagine new weapons and tactics with which to carve out a kingdom - and threaten the holy power of Rome itself!

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Review: The Hammer and the Cross (Hammer and the Cross #1)

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Mr. Harrison has certainly done a lot of research! This is a "war" between workers and Christianity, with the Hammer winning -- unless you count the last couple of chapters. Little Shef (Sheaf ... Read full review

Review: The Hammer and the Cross (Hammer and the Cross #1)

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This book was certainly not an easy read. I found the character development slow and confusing. I was a big fan of Harry Harrison's other books which is why I decided to read this one. Not the sort of ... Read full review

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Harry Harrison is the author of Deathworld, Make Room! Make Room! (filmed as Soylent Green), the popular Stainless Steel Rat books, and many other famous works of SF.

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