Battles, triumphs, revenge and jealousy crowd the dramatic years leading to William's fateful conflict with Harold of England and its bitter aftermath as Queen Matilda's love for her children threatens her loyalty to William, Bastard, Conqueror and King. As always, Plaidy introduces unforgettable characters and it will take me quite awhile to forget them. Both the good and the bad of William is exposed through his words and actions, but a powerful ruler he turned out to be. As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site. Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name , or the pseudonyms of , and.
Meanwhile, England was going through their typical upheavals of who should rule and William's cousins from England stayed in Normandy for safety during the rule of the Danes. . Overall, this was an excellent beginning to a trilogy and I can't wait to start on the next installment! We then follow his path as h A former girlfriend introduced me to the author, who goes by several other pen names. When I was younger, I probably lapped this up. This is the first book in the Norman Trilogy.
She would visit exotic locations such as Australia, Egypt, South Africa, Turkey, Ceylon, India, Hong Kong, etc. It was her wish and that of Canute that her son from her second husband, Harthicanute, would be the King of England. Soon the king is introduced to the pleasures of mistresses, and a succession of lovers follows. His major problem became his oldest son, who wanted his due: the Dukedom of Normandy. He marries Matilda, the equally intel This glorious novel chronicles the life of William the Conqueror, the bastard son of the Duke of Normandy, from childhood until his death in 1087. During the winters, author Plaidy used to go on cruise trips for a period 3 months every year in order to move away from the cold winter of England.
A tale of treachery, power-hungry families and legal subterfuges. It prompted me to do my research and I read about the real Bayeaux Tapestry, Doomsday Book and Battle of Hastings, among other things. Her parents were Joseph Burford and Alice Louise Burford. Time slows, and dread settles around the royal bed, the candles dip, and something stirs in the darkness. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love. But her dreams are about to be stolen from her as the night she was hoping for turns into a brutal slaughter. I didn't like the title, just saying.
Except when it comes to marriage. If he would swear these things, Harold would be allowed to return to England. Later, when the intriguing, young, and beautiful Anne Boleyn arrives in his court from France, Henry becomes captivated by her bold spirit and dark beauty. Robert intends for William to become the Duke of Normandy after his death. It is North vs South, for two families have a claim on the inheritance of his crown. I was concerned I'd be disappointed re-reading as I had such a high opinion of it. However, he was defeated by Harold when an arrow went through his neck.
He had loved her and been completely faithful, and that she thought of this Saxon all the years of their marriage upset him mightily. They then had fights over their sons. In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. He marries Matilda, the equally intelligent and ambitious daughter of the King of Flanders, and together they have many children. Recommended to the younger members of the crew that are just starting to enjoy history. As the Count of Flanders, Baldwin, was both powerful and wealthy, he made a good ally.
This one is about William the Conqueror. No, Harold had not married his mistress, but the sister of a couple of troublesome Earls in the north Northumbria and Mercia to stop an invasion from that part of the country, which was more willing to take a Viking Hardrada of Norway rather than a Saxon. This is the roller coaster account of his efforts to become sovereign and the events in his life afterwards, including his turbulent relationships with various members of his family. Matilda had captured all the events from the Norman Conquest in an exquisite tapestry now known as the Bayeux Tapestry. Plaidy is the queen of historical fiction.
May have some damage to the cover but integrity still intact. Discovering the complexities of the man makes for a fascinating read. William and Matilda did not believe he would break his promises easily and so they allowed him to return to England. Despite some This novel based on King William I of England, aka William the Bastard, aka William Duke of Normandy, aka William the Conqueror, had me hooked from start to finish. Arlette gives him a son, William. Worth the wait - almost 40 years! Robert's tenure as Duke is filled with passionate highs and sorrowful low po William is the bastard son of Robert the Magnificent and Arlette, the tanner's daughter. Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her, in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister? It certainly helped with O Level history! Their relationships with their children are complicated and, especially as the children grew, sad.
Thus, the best thing I can recommend to anyone considering reading it, is to read it. The first book in the Norman Trilogy chronicles the life of William the Conquerer. William died with a prophecy on his lips: though his son Rufus would follow him as King of England, his youngest son, Henry would be greatest of all. This glorious novel chronicles the life of William the Conqueror, the bastard son of the Duke of Normandy, from childhood until his death in 1087. Plaidy used to believe that her love for history started after her visit to Hampton Court during her teenage years. During his adolescence there were attempts on his life and many who thought that if a bastard son could inherit, well, there were many such in the land and they all had equal claim. He is destined to succeed his father as the Duke of Normandy but questions about his legitimacy mean he consistently faces challenges from potential usurpers in the Duchy to retain the title.