King of the north is supposed to be about the life and times of oswald of northumbria as the book subtitle hints at written in an entertaining way and targeted at the general reader this book is much more than that with oswald of northumbria being almost a pretext for telling a much wider story over a much longer period than the mere . Background youth and exile oswalds father aethelfrith was a successful bernician ruler who after some years in power in bernicia also became king of deira and thus was the first to rule both of the kingdoms which would come to be considered the constituent kingdoms of northumbria. Max adams book the king in the north the life and times of oswald of northumbria is a welcome addition to the limited number of books available about 7th century northumbria it is well written and well researched. Oswald began his reign by slaying the vicious cadwallon king of the britons he ruled northumbria between 634 and 642ad his power stretching from wessex to the picts in the north. the king in the north the life and times of oswald of northumbria by max adams the king in the north the life and times of oswald of northumbria books read and share
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