King in Waiting

The year is 1264. Simon de Montfort defeats and captures King Henry III of England at the Battle of Lewes to become de facto ruler of the country.

Step forward Gerald War Bow, a man of humble birth but noble intentions, a superb archer and leader of men, and a committed servant of Lord Edward – the real heir to King Henry’s throne.

So ensues a series of bloodthirsty battles, acts of bravery and rescue missions, all in the name of toppling the treasonous de Montfort. Finally, Gerald and his archers find themselves at the edge of battle at Evesham.

As the royalists face de Montfort’s army, which still holds King Henry among their number, Gerald War Bow knows that the future of his country – and his own life – lie in the balance. As Gerald pulls back his bow, will he hit – or miss?

King in Waiting is the sequel to the runaway bestseller Lord Edward’s Archer.

About the author

Griff Hosker was born in 1950 in Lancashire and attended a boy’s grammar school. After qualifying as an English and Drama teacher in 1972, he worked in the North East of England for the next 35 years.

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Why We Like It

  • ‘Medieval adventure with the pace and power of a war arrow in flight. Griff Hosker has sold over a million books and I can see why!’ – Matthew Harffy, bestselling author of the Bernicia Chronicles
  • ‘Hosker’s depiction of life and struggles in that slice of early English history is real, brutal and utterly captivating.’ – Eric Schumacher, award-winning historical fiction author of Hakon’s Saga

Griff Hosker was, for over 35 years, an English teacher. After running a successful Educational Consultancy company for four years he decided to return to an early passion, writing. A fan of C.S Forester, Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane, Alexander Kent and Bernard Cornwell, Griff began writing Roman historical fiction novels.

In the last 8 years, Griff has written a number of Roman Books, as well as Saxons, Viking, Norman, Stephen and Matilda, The Crusades, King John and King Richard II. At the moment Griff is writing about Henry Vth and Agincourt. He has also written an American Civil War series and on the Napoleonic War. His most recent series are set in World War I and World War II. The former is about the RFC and the latter about the Commandos.

Recently Griff has collaborated with Endeavour Quill on a series about King Edward I. The 1st novel in the series is Lord Edward's Archer.

Griff writes at least 5000 words each day and loves his life as a writer. His website is

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