For those of you wanting an update on my latest work in progress, The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar, I have a shiny new cover to reveal!
Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar has come a long way in such a short amount of time thanks to the work I do for The Inquisitr. In fact, prior to getting hooking on History’s Vikings, of which I written plenty of articles, I had very little knowledge of the Viking age. However, thanks to having to research the history of the Vikings in relation to my articles over the last few years have developed a greater understanding of the sagas.
It is from this that has developed my need to tell Lagertha’s and Ragnar’s tale. While their story only involves one small section of the stories about the Vikings in Saxo Grammaticus’ Gesta Danorum and may not even be a true telling of an actual event, it is a relationship that have captivated the audience of History’s Vikings. Even though, in the TV series, Lagertha and Ragnar have been separated for a long time now, fans are still hoping the Ragertha ship will sail once more.
This year I have been concentrating my research in the story about Lagertha and Ragnar, gathering all the information I could about this tale and sorting out the fact from fiction using as many different historical viewpoints as possible. Most of the year has been filled with this task. Then, when NaNoWriMo came round in November, I spent an entire month getting the first draft of Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar down. I managed to not only do this, but get the required NaNoWriMo word count of 50,000 words by the month’s end. I gave the book (and myself) a little rest after November 30th and then plowed back in to start working on the second draft. Once this is complete, my editor will get a look at it and edits will commence all over again.
But, can the saga of their relationship tell us what will happen in the television show? Maybe not, since the show’s creator, Michael Hirst, sometimes adds creative license to the show. However, the saga can help reveal if Lagertha and Ragnar will get their happy ever after ending. And that is where The Truth Behind Lagertha and Ragnar steps in.
“Lagertha was known to be one of the wives of the famous Viking, Ragnar Lodbrok. But did you know they first met each other at a brothel? And just how long did their marriage last? Was Lagertha really the revered shield maiden we see her as today? ‘The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar’ aims to unravel all these secrets.
‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar’ is so much more than a history book though. While Part One examines the historical facts, Part Two brings their whole story to life with an historically accurate novella of their lives.
‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar’ aims to discover just how much of what we know of the shield maiden, Lagertha, and the famous Ragnar Lodbrok in popular culture today is actually true.
‘The Truth About’ series explores the historical fact from present day fiction in regards to the Vikings and other key historical figures that existed in the Viking era.”
You can add Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar to your Goodreads reading list. Also, once the next stage of editing is completed (I’m around the halfway mark for this), I should have more idea of a release date, which means you will soon be able to pre-order The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar on Amazon. If you sign up via email to my blog, you will know as soon as pre-order is available!
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