A colourful, rich and meticulously researched retelling of one of the great events in Britain's history, the Norman Conquest and the battle of Hastings 1066. Weaves together the various threads of Harold Godwine, Earl of East Anglia, of William the bastard son of a Duke in France, and of the weak and tyrannical King Edward.
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"A novel of enormous emotional power... Helen Hollick is a fabulous writer of historical fiction." --Elizabeth Chadwick (author)
"Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books!" --Bernard Cornwell (author of the Sharpe series)
"An epic re-telling of the Norman Conquest." --The Lady
"Don't miss Helen Hollick's colourful recreation of the events leading up to theNorman Conquest in Harold the King." --Daily Mail
"Hollick's enormous cast and meticulous research combine to create a convincing account of the destructive reign of the hapless Edward and the internecine warfare that weakens England as William prepares to invade. Thanks to Hollick's masterful storytelling, Harold's nobility and heroism enthrall to the point of engendering hope for a different ending to the famous battle of 1066."
In this wonderful, skillfully crafted tale, Helen Hollick sets aside the propaganda of the Norman Conquest and brings to life the English version of the events that led to the most famous date in British history.
This is the remarkable story of the last Saxon King: his tender love, determination and loyalty, all shattered by the demanding need of a vulnerable Kingdom. Forced to give up his beloved wife and risk his life for England, the chosen king led his army into the great Battle of Hastings in October 1066 with all the proud honour and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099272296