Good evening sir,
I have been a fan of yours for many years. Recently I have been re-reading some of your books and they are just as much fun the second time. In fact, Thomas of Hookton and I shared pint just last evening.
I really love the 'Last Kingdom'. In reading the series I have become fascinated with the character of Aethelflaed. It is incredible to me that a woman would assume the throne at a time when that very concept would've seemed absurd. I think she is one the great understated characters in all of literature. 'The Last Kingdom' has inspired me to read more about the Lady of Marcia though it seems like there isn't a whole lot of material out there. Do you have any recommendations?
She has been under-appreciated, you're right, although she is remembered in the English midlands (once Mercia) and there are a couple of statues of her. I'd recommend Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen; Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians by Margaret C. Jones.