Buccmaster Of Holland is a Lincolnshire farmer, a prosperous man and the owner of three “oxgangs.” He has bonded servants, land, power, he is a big man in town, a pagan and, quite possibly, a bit mad. As the book opens he is full of grim forebodings; there’s a “hairy star” in the sky and the sight of “a great blaec fugol it was not of these lands it flown slow ofer the ham one daeg at the time of first ploughan” adds to his sense of impending doom. Then the Normans invade, he loses both of his sons at Hastings, his wife is raped and killed and his “ham” is burnt to the ground. He takes to the fens, becomes a “Grene man” and resolves to fight the invaders.
As you can tell this story is not written in plain English, it’s written in a version of old English and it oddly works; a thousand years ago was an alien time and the writing emphasises this. It’s a struggle at first, but you quickly come to understand things. And I truly wish I had read this before I took part in the post apocalypse podcast because » Continue Reading.