I'm searching for a science-fiction book set in the quite an old time: around the 15th-16th century. Features aliens arriving in a spaceship to an old country: likely a western country from what I remember.
Here are the details that I can remember:
- Read the book during 2005-2008. Definitely not published during that time based on the writing style: I will hazard a guess at around 1960-1980 publication.
- Story begins where there's some sort of military rally and an alien spaceship lands in this old country. The aliens attempt to kill the people there but are overpowered and killed. I believe 1-2 aliens were kept as prisoners.
- People board (capture) the ship and use it to travel to the alien's base seemingly reach there. They talk to the aliens and have a treaty whereby the aliens also have to serve in the (people's) country's military force to win a war.
- Not long after one of the alien's bases are bombed and the spaceship is destroyed, leaving the people trapped on the alien's country.
I'm pretty sure the ending is where a few years later, the people trapped on that planet manage to get back home.
One interesting part to note: when the people captured the spaceship they named it. I can't remember the name but it likely has an '-ade' at the back. Something like 'Invade' along the line.
I just remembered reading the book recently after reading 'War of the Worlds' - another alien scifi book; any help is appreciated!