|"The Man who Came Late"|
|First Appearance||Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds|
|Editor||Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois|
|Publication date||April, 2014|
"The Man who Came Late" is a short story by Harry Turtledove. It is Turtledove's contribution to Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds, edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois, and published on April 30, 2014. It may be found online at Baen's website.
The story is a sequel to Poul Anderson's fantasy/crosstime/alternate history novel Three Hearts and Three Lions. However, the title is derived from an unrelated Anderson story, "The Man who Came Early", which was reprinted in Turtledove's The Best Time Travel Stories of the Twentieth Century.
The story takes place thirty years after the events of Three Hearts and Three Lions. Holger Carlsen finally returns to the world of the Carolingian cycle and meets up with his love Alianora. However, she did not know if he would ever return and so married a blacksmith named Theodo and had children. Thus Holger becomes "the man who came late".