From Sansom’s Shardlake to Cromwell’s Uhtred

In the lead up to the thesis meeting on Wednesday i was thinking about how i’ll be writing the work over the coming months. For some reason it appeals to me to write the work as a historical fiction novel/play.

As a kid i used to read books by CJ Sansom and Bernard Cromwell. I loved Sansom’s Mathew Shardlake series which follows the trials and tribulations of a fictional hunchback lawyer of the same name during King Henry VIII’s rule of England in the 16th-century. The books take Shardlake through the Dissolution of the Monasteries up to preparations for the Battle of Solent and the sinking of the Mary Rose. Each story sees Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak undertake murder solving for Thomas Cromwell in Dissolution, official business and crime solving for Thomas Cranmer in Sovereign, and a legal case as a favour to Catherine Parr in Heartstone. Really enjoyable books.

Although you may know Bernard Cromwell for Sharpe it was his Saxon Stories that i enjoyed most. The series focuses on Alfred the Great‘s 9th-century reign in/of England, his battles with the Danes and his attempts to unite England as one country. But the main character of the series is the fictional Uhtred, a Saxon boy, born to Northumbrian aristocracy, orphaned at 10 and adopted by the Dane who killed his father during battle. He learns danish ways, to worship Odin, speak as a Dane and love his adopted Danish family. He becomes a great Viking warrior but through cruel twists of fate pledges an oath of allegiance to Alfred I and oaths are not broken by Vikings. Great books, loved them.

So what does all this have to do with the thesis? Basically i’ll be writing a historical fiction. A diary of a Cyborg. An account of a Cyborg living in the future, retelling the event of Singularity that occurred in 2012-13 and how it was born out of Capitalism. It’s a loose idea at the moment but i think it’s got potential with a lot of hard work. Watch this space.

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