Historical fiction for kids. Set in Britain before the Viking invasion in the year that Mercia chose to break away from Northumbria, the Children of Snotingas is a children’s adventure series in the best tradition of Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome in the time of the Anglo-Saxons.
Filled with adventure, action, war, betrayal, friendship, political intrigue and love that changes alliances, it is the ideal book for children between the ages of 7 and 13 as well as adults that never grew up.
The series starts in 626AD as the influential kingdom of Mercia is just beginning to form. Set in Snotingham (now known as Nottingham) the series follows the children who live in the settlement through the battles and betrayals that saw King Penda create the most powerful Anglo-Saxon Kingdom.
Step back in time to the age of King Penda, when the kingdom of Mercia was born.
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Life in Anglo-Saxon England is far from fair. There are strict classes that all people fall into. At the top there are the kings, then the thanes. After the thanes come the warriors, then the ceorls, and at the very bottom are the slaves. Women are not equal to men; and then there are the prisoners.
The books, like the Children of Ribe series, have been formatted to help children who have dyslexia to be able to read a little more easily and give them an opportunity to engage with literature. Why children with dyslexia? You can read about it in C.S. Woolley’s own words here or you can see her talking about it (and reading) here.
The Children focuses on a select number of children and a sprinkling of adults that you can read more about in our characters section below.
The Children of Snotingas series aims to provide a fictional books that are not only enjoyable for children to read, but are also as accurate as possible to help support the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom. The books feature information on:
- everyday village life
- the different classes that existed in Anglo Saxon society
- the different duties and jobs of these classes
- the difference between men and women
- weapons used in battles
- historical place names
- Anglo Saxon character names
- People that were alive at the time and shaped the fate of the country
- Marrying between tribes and nations to try and forge alliances
- Other cultural elements
- Wildlife and threats