Heart's Dear Brothers

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17th Century or Earlier

Christina Giscombe

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It is May 1563. Set in Sweden, Finland and Livonia, nobleman Klaus Fleming is a twenty-something admiral on the brink of his career. He is in a relationship and has two young children, Karl and Olof, but can never marry their mother, as she is not a noble. King Erik XIV, not yet thirty, has been on the throne for three years. He feels undermined by his younger brother, Duke John, and retribution is swift, severe and murderous. The youngest brother, Prince Kaarle, is twelve. John was to write of Erik, ‘My brother is my fiercest foe’. Queen Dowager Catherina, widow of King Gustav, twenty-eight, and stepmother to Princesses, Anna, eighteen, Sophia, sixteen, and Elizabeth, fourteen, emerges as a strong female figure of her time, befriending Erik’s and John’s cast-off concubines, Agda and Karin and their children. Erik is determined to marry a commoner, Karin Månsdotter, and clip the wings of the nobles and his brothers. Klaus Fleming, the nobles and the King’s brothers fight back and plot a Nobles’ Uprising against ‘Peasant King’ Erik. The Livonian Wars are raging and the Northern Seven Year War is imminent between Denmark, Lübeck, Russia and Poland.


War, Action, Adventure, Biographical, Epic, Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

The story revolves around castles, knights, princesses locked in castles, all based on researched historical archives. It is a fictionalised version of a true story and real people. It is based in C16 Sweden, in the transition from Medieval to Early Modern.


Sweden, Stockholm; Finland, Turku; Livonia (now Estonia), Reval (now Tallinn)

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Admiral Klaus Fleming

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Patriotic, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Heroic, Aspiring, Leader, Adventurous, Charming, Empathetic, Heartthrob, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Queen Dowager Catherina

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Leader, Sophisticated, Educated, Engaging, Empathetic, Perseverance, Selfless, Confident, Decisive, Outspoken, Complex, Faithful, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Gracious, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kerttu, the 'peasant' woman who is the (unmarried) mother of Fleming's small children.

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Flexible, Gracious, Modest, Romantic, Underdog, Uneducated, Faithful, Charming, Obedient, Selfless, Beautiful

Additional Character Details

Name: King Erik XIV

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Aggressive, Aspiring, Insecure, Unapologetic, Crazy, Educated, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Secretive, Badass, Criminal, Villainous, Adventurous, Patriotic

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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