Conflict in Medieval Devon available 28/11/22
February 2023 - 'Conflict in Medieval Devon, 614 -1497' is available for purchase on Amazon or through select Devon bookshops (The Ivybridge Bookshop and The Westcountry Bookshop). The 170-page text covers every known military aggression in Devon until the end of medieval period. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, maps, paintings and drawings.
The sequel to 'The Sampford Slaying' has its first two complete chapters written, but it will be taking a back seat until the second quarter of 2023. I have created seven or eight short stories/novellas towards an anthology of Dartmoor-based horror stories and dark fiction collectively entitled 'Darkest Dartmoor'. These are mostly classic ghost/spooky stories, but also includes tales of murder, wild beasts, witches and perceived curses. The anthology is nearly done and should see the light of day in mid-2023. My Plains Indian Wargames rules 'Counting Coup' has still not been touched since it was first drafted in 2018/19, but it is something I hope to return to in the near future.
My short story 'The White' is featured in the Haunt anthology by Dragon Soul Press, available to purchase on Amazon. This story will also feature in my upcoming Dartmoor collection.
Check out what I'm currently reading on Goodreads; https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5847011.Andrew_McAuley
Conflict in Devon pre-release video
Conflict in Medieval Devon, 614 - 1497
This local history examines every aspect of military conflict in medieval Devon through four ages.
I: The Age of Dumnonia. The ancient kingdom resists aggressive expansion from Wessex through battles at Beandun, Posbury, and Gafulford.
II: The Viking Age. Anglo-Saxon Devon resists Viking invaders, including the supposed son of the legendary Ragnar Lodbrok. Battles occur at Lydford, Exeter, and Cynwit.
III: The Norman Age. The remnants of Harold Godwinson's family rally in Devon to resist the Norman conquest at Exeter and return with a mercenary army at Northam. Later, King Stephen deals with insurrection throughout Devon.
IV: The Age of Chivalry. The Hundred Years Wars brings rampaging pirates to Devon's coast with a huge raid on Devon and battle at Blackpool Sands, then local nobles turn against each other in the warm-up to the Wars of the Roses and a pretender to the throne besieges Exeter.
Illustrated with over 40 photographs, maps, and illustrations. Each age is accompanied by details on tactics, armour, weapons, and the politics of the age.
The Sampford Slaying
Devon, AD 1402. Wool merchant Robert Wood is not well-liked. He is boastful, gruff, and takes offence as easily as he gives it, but he adores his pious younger wife and constantly seeks social advancement to please her. Robert attempts to bribe the notoriously corrupt sheriff for the position as bailiff but is outbid by neighbouring landowner, William Spiney. The following morning a hue and cry is raised: William has been murdered.
Robert is accused and summarily thrown into the notorious Lydford gaol. Robert’s only ally is Edmund, a shy and cloistered clerk. Together they rush to prove Robert’s innocence while tackling corrupt officials, vengeful relations of the deceased, local thugs, a retainer with a mysterious past, and Robert’s own scheming brother.
If evidence of Robert’s innocence isn’t found within ten days, he will hang. Meanwhile, Robert is unsure if Edmund is really on his side while the clerk remains unconvinced that the volatile Robert is truly innocent.
The Circle in the Woods
Few souls venture to Ferntor Forest. The remote, heavily wooded hilltops cover many acres of bleak, ancient moorland. Little sunlight penetrates the thick canopy. Decaying detritus and moss-covered boulders blanket the steep-sided forest hills where eyes incessantly watch the winding tracks from the murkiest depths of the forest.
Archaeology student Eve thinks she's located a previously undiscovered prehistoric stone circle on recent satellite images of Dartmoor. Eager to make her name as the finder, Eve ventures out alone into Ferntor Forest. She soon discovers that getting to the ancient circle will be much more difficult than she thought, and that she would be lucky to get ever get out alive.
The March of the Dragons
Earth’s oil reserves dwindle. Prices soar as the last known oil fields are tapped. It is estimated there are 230 billion barrels worth of oil in the contested territories of the South China Sea.
When spiralling disputes lead to war, a surprise invasion has the Vietnamese military reeling in defeat. The resistance in an occupied Saigon is left to a new generation of 'Viet Cong' - the youth of the 21st century.
Tuấn, an idealistic university student encourages his friends to band together to fight. Spoilt and unprepared for the realities of war the students face oppression, fear and treachery in the face of the world’s largest army.
A Chinese military officer faces inner conflict over the issues of morality and duty, while a Scottish photojournalist is torn between two women as well as between his pursuit of fame and his conscience.
How much innocence and humanity will be sacrificed in this burning new world?