Legend of the Cid, Book 3
Castile. 1071AD. Three kings. One crown.
After Sancho II of Castile dispatches his champion Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar to capture his
brother, King Garcia of Galicia, he hopes it is a defining moment in his quest to reunite the
lands of his father under one banner. But Alfonso VI of Leon is one step ahead, and has
already added the lands of Galicia to his domain. When the only alternative is war, Sancho
turns to Rodrigo to lead the armies of Castile, and he must use all his tactical acumen to
defeat the Leonese in the field. Only one son of Fernando can claim victory and become the
Emperor of Hispania.
Rodrigo and Antonio Perez, now a knight of the realm, find difficulty adjusting to the new
regime. Dissent and unrest run rife throughout the kingdom, and the fear of a knife in the
dark from enemies old and new hangs heavy upon the pair. But if it is allowed to fester, it
threatens to undo all that has been achieved. Can Rodrigo and Antonio root out the enemies
of the king, and prevent chaos reigning throughout the land?
The Fall of Kings in the breath taking third instalment of the Legend of the Cid.
Thank you, Stuart Rudge and The Coffee Pot Book Club
About the author
Stuart Rudge was born and raised in Middlesbrough, where he still lives. His love of history
came from his father and uncle, both avid readers of history, and his love of table top war
gaming and strategy video games. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle
University, and has spent his fair share of time in muddy trenches, digging up treasure at
He was worked in the retail sector and volunteered in museums, before working in York
Minster, which he considered the perfect office. His love of writing blossomed within the
historic walls, and he knew there were stories within which had to be told. Despite a move in
to the shipping and logistics sector (a far cry to what he hoped to ever do), his love of writing
has only grown stronger.
Rise of a Champion is the first piece of work he has dared to share with the world. Before
that came a novel about the Roman Republic and a Viking-themed fantasy series (which will
likely never see the light of day, but served as good practise). He hopes to establish himself
as a household name in the mound of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Ben Kane and
Matthew Harffy, amongst a host of his favourite writers
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