Rhomphaia Books is the publishing name I use for my novels. The rhomphaia was a two-edged sword used by the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors.
In 2018 I published the first book in the Varangian Series, An English Revenge. It is the story of Edmund, an Englishman who fought at Hastings and in the rebellions against William the Conqueror. Eventually, he leaves England and joins the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors. He dreams of leading an army of Englishmen back to England to throw out the Normans. But first, he has to fight another enemy – the Normans of Southern Italy.
An English Revenge is available on Amazon, as paperback and in Kindle format.
In November 2018, I published the second book in the series, An English King.
After a few years of peace, Edmund hopes that he will be allowed to leave the Varangian Guard and go back to England, bringing with him the other English Varangians and expel the Norman King. But there are rumours of a new threat. Large hosts of armed Latins – westerners – are marching towards the city, brandishing the sign of the Cross. One of the Crusader leaders is Edmund’s old friend – and enemy – Bohemond of Taranto.
England will have to wait, while Edmund is tasked by his Emperor with a delicate and dangerous assignment: find out Bohemond’s true intentions. And, if they are hostile – stop him.
Edmund’s assignment will take him through Anatolia. Battles and sieges await. And at the end, a surprise encounter will force Edmund to make a life-changing decision.
An English King is available on Amazon, as paperback and in Kindle format.