I read a book in the early nineties about a young man who becomes a king in a medieval setting, lots of drama and backstabbing. I can remember that it was part of a series, most likely a trilogy. I can’t even remember if it was fictional Europe or just some unnamed land. I don’t remember there being any magic or fantasy elements. Also I feel like this book was written in the early 90s as I remembering reading the novel as a brand new book in 91/92. In most of the novel the main protagonist is a young man. Can anyone help?

Although I don't remember it having magic or fantasy elements, it definitely was either alternate history or just an non-Earth world. It's possible that it was a low-magic setting.

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    IF this is about 'The Hammer and the Cross' by Harry Harrison it most definitely is fantasy. The time period (1993) and premise both match. It is the first novel of an alternate history trilogy in 9th century Britain. – Bookeater Mar 26 '18 at 20:44
  • @Bookeater Thanks for the suggestion, but reading about H&C the covers didn't look right and the story seemed to be based on conquest, the novel I remember was a reluctant young king just trying to survive, not conquering the world. – Mickey Mar 26 '18 at 21:11
  • Are you sure you wouldn't rather ask this question on Literature SE? Literature also welcomes ID questions, and in fact it has many of the same answering experts as this site. On this question we've currently got one mod flag for potential migration and one for reopening, and no reopen votes yet. Migration would solve the problem of some people thinking this is on-topic here and some people thinking it isn't :-) – Rand al'Thor Mar 26 '18 at 21:26
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    This describes many novels. I originally thought of Nobody's Son by Sean Stewart (but it's from 1993). – Spencer Mar 26 '18 at 22:46
  • @Spencer that certainly sounds more like it. I couldn't find anything on the web, is that part of a series or a one and done novel? Thank you by the way for trying. – Mickey Mar 27 '18 at 3:32

Perhaps it is the series beginning with Prince in Waiting? It was originally printed in about 1970, and reprinted recently, perhaps also in the 90s when you read it?

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