A tale of battle, blood, love and treasure - Hethersett author Geoff Martin produces his second novel, Saint Robert and the Devil
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A Hethersett author tells a knight's tale in his second novel, which is set following the Battle of Bannockburn between the Scots and the English in 1314.
Geoff Martin's Saint Robert and the Devil recounts the story of the knight, Richard De Mauville, amongst a backdrop of battle, love, lost treasure and a mini ice-age.
Mr Martin, 67, said: 'It's about young boy's journey to manhood at that time in history.
'It also tells the story of how he was knighted on a royal whim, and of Robert the Bruce and Edward the Second. It's quite a complicated tale, although it seems quite simple.'
Mr Martin took up creative writing after he retired from breeding and breaking horses. His first novel, Conquest: The First Horseman, was published last year.
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He said Saint Robert and the Devil was the first of a trilogy, and he had already finished the first draft of the second volume.
Mr Martin said he had always been fascinated with the medieval period.
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He said: 'I have studied medieval history for years and I used to make suits of armour and things.
'There is not a lot written about that era in history.'
Mr Martin said it took him about eight months to write the novel, and editing and proofreading took another 10 months.
The book is available online through amazon.co.uk