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Read & download Ý The Conqueror È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ê ❴Download❵ ➽ The Conqueror Author Georgette Heyer – A fictionalized biography fast moving and minutely wrought chronicle about William Duke of Normandy who became King Her own father's palace before making her his bride In his strange and brutal way he would conuer her tooThen thwarted by the Saxon warrior Harold of a promise of the throne of England he gathered his vassals once to challenge him William the Conueror sails to Hastings to claim the Saxon King’s crown and sceptre for his o. Good Historical Fiction Not a RomanceDespite it's subtitle A Novel of William the Conueror The Bastard Son Who Overpowered a Kingdom and the Woman who Melted His Heart there is very little in this novel that relates to the relationship between William and his wife Matilda Though there is a chapter devoted to his determined conuering of her including his beating of her when at first she refused to marry him it's not a love story nor a romance The story begins in 1028 with William's birth and continues to his coronation Christmas Day 1066 though most of the book is taken up with the battles for and around NormandyWilliam is portrayed as a hard man molded by his dubious beginnings his relentless determination to have his will carried out and his ambition for the crown of England ostensibly to secure Normandy's future He was a brilliant strategist in war which he was about most of his days and he could be exceedingly cruel when it served his purposes He valued courage and loyalty In this story he says that Harold Godwinson is the only man he William respects But that didn't stop William from using Harold forcing him to give an oath of fealty or face a gilded imprisonment in Normandy the breaking of which he used against Harold to secure the Pope's backing for the planned invasion of England The author does a good job of showing how William always served his own needs and any good he did for others was motivated by what it could gain him Perhaps that is what it took to gain a country like England but the author suggests there was something lost in the man for the effort as echoed in the reservations uttered by the men who served him For that Heyer has done an excellent job of bringing to the picture of the real Conueror The history presented here is interesting and entertaining though I felt like I needed a dictionary a map of France in the 1050s and 60s and a notepad for all the names and places thrown at me particularly when so many men around William had the same first name Such things also slowed down the reading of the tale in places and made it difficult at times to understand just what was going on or who the men were behind all those namesIn large part perhaps the best part this is the story of a friendship between one of William's closest knights Raoul de Harcourt and a Saxon Edgar who held lands under Harold Godwinson and who was the hostage of the Duke of Normandy And if there is a romance here it's the love story between Raoul and Edgar's sister Elfrida

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F noble bastard of the Duke of Normandy had grown to manhood than he forced the Norman lords to call him their Duke and fought the King of France to regain his DuchyOnly one woman could match William the Bastard's lovely little Princess Matilda of Flanders Rejected his proposal of marriage Duke dares to take a whip to her in. All through his life men were to fear him and find it hard to meet the direct stare he bent upon them Thus early the French were made aware of the ruthless strength of his will The truth was he never swerved from his purpose and would go to any lengths to achieve itHistory tells us that William of Normandy was born a bastard held off multiple assassination attempts became Duke of Normandy repelled the French and invaded England to become it's KingThis is the same story that Georgette Heyer tells here only it is told very thrillingly indeedShe begins her story with the birth of William and a prophetic dream of his mother who foresees him as a great tree spreading it's branches over both England and Normandy As others whisper that he is bastard she calls him king The story ends with his coronation in London Christmas 1066 after the bloody hard fought battle of HastingsIn between these two milestones is a wonderful story of a charismatic often enigmatic man of towering self confidence and will It is told mainly through the eyes of one his closest knights Raoul de Harcourt Because of his birth William had to pretty much subdue Normandy to accept his rule Raoul is an idealistic youth who is sure that William will bring peace and prosperity to Normandy Because of this he runs away to court to swear service to William While there he manages to help thwart an assassination plot and is at William's side from that point onAlthough I was very familiar with Heyer's writing through her Regency romances and her modern mysteries this book was a complete revelation I had always loved her stuff and had always held her as an example of a very elegant and witty writer But reading this my respect for her abilities has ratched way up First the storytelling was excellent What could have been a dry or even overly romantic catalog of events of a real person's life instead was an exciting story that sucked me in and never once let me go This was a character study than anything Sure the events were there but each assassination attempt each usurpation attempt each war was a set piece to draw a picture of a superb war strategist a merciful and very wise ruler a shrewd judge of character and a person who inspired men to follow himSecond was the language It was simply luxurious Heyer used french derivations archaic words and even the archaic meanings of common words to really create a sense of time and place Her descriptions of places people clothing and food were rich and involved One passage for a banuet reads Gisela began to eat of a Lombardy leach flourished and served with a sober sauce but she did not eat much of it because her uick eye had observed all manner of delicate dishes on the board and she meant to taste as many as she was able She glanced around her and wondered aloud whether the Lady Adeline would instruct her in the way to make appulmoy and whether it were well to put a dash of cubebs in a blank desire One of the scullions had just brought in a dish of curlews Gisela finished up what was left on her platter in a hurry The curlews were served with chaldron and Gisela was occupied for some time in trying to make up her mind whether this was flavoured with canelle or powder douceThird were the scenes of battles I admit I am not a keen reader of battle descriptions and probably would have tended to skim or skip them But each battled was prefaced by a strategy session Invariably William would think of some new unorthodox strategy that flew in the face of conventional thinking and his advisors and vassals would strongly argue against it Warfare as the barons understood it was a matter of chivalry charging to sound of tucket and drum; strategy was of the roughest order one chose one's ground one laid ambushes or made surprise attacks but while the battle raged there could be nothing to it than hand to hand fighting in a tight pack But the Duke bent over his miniature battlefields and moved his pawns this way and that slowly evolving a intricate way of war than his captains could understandWilliam is credited with introducing archers as part of war rather than just for sport And during his first battle with Henry of France where he allows the French to advance deep into Norman territory on unfamiliar ground to a place of swamp land and uncertain footing so that the poachers and farmers could pick off the unwary speaks of nascent guerilla warfare To read these scenes and see his strategy come alive and prove its merit to his naysayers is fun and thrilling stuffAnd finally it isn't all war and mayhem History has by all accounts noted that the marriage of Williams and his wife Matilda was a strong fruitful and loving one Indeed their courtship in this book is uite a stormy and passionate one And in her way Matilda is just as implacable and fierce as her husbandLoved this book and am now looking to read Heyer historicals

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The ConquerorA fictionalized biography fast moving and minutely wrought chronicle about William Duke of Normandy who became King of England in The day she gave birth to William the beautiful Herleva dreamt that a tree sprang from her womb a giant among trees whose mighty branches overshadowed all of Normandy and England No sooner her hal. The Conueror is one of six historical novels written by Georgette Heyer who is best known for her Regency Romances and if this is an indication of the other five then sign me upHeyer brings us back to 11th Century Normandy and introduces us to William Duke of Normandy aka William the Bastard through the eyes of Raoul de Harcourt a knight in Duke William's retinueRaoul began his service to the Duke as a young knight and he uickly rose to be one of William's most trusted friends Loyalty is a running theme throughout the novel loyalty from a knight to his lord Raoul may not have agreed with a lot of the tactics used by William but he trusted and respected his lord enough to comply Don't get me wrong Raoul was no pushover he voiced his opinions when it was warranted but in the end he knew his role and played the partDuke William was a very intriguing man ambitious would be putting it lightly He valued brain over braun and cunning over might Once he saw something he wanted he got it Doesn't matter how but he got it Which leads me into a great scene with William and his future wife Mathildabut I'll leave that for you to read Let's just say it's not a good idea to call William a bastardOne aspect of why I love historical fiction is the educational factor I know I'm a total dork but it's true I've learned so much history through all the historical fiction novels I have read I take some of it with a grain of salt cause it's historical fiction after all but for the most part I know a lot than I did a few years ago While reading The Conueror I learned a great deal about the difference between an Englishman or Saxon and a Norman and the Battle of Hastings scene was not put down ableI enthusiastically recommend this novel Heyer's writing is impeccable and her research is without a doubt one of the best Character development is awesome and dialogue excellent The Conueror keeps you enthralled during and wanting when you're donewhich is how every good book should beAmy says 5 5Soundtrack Conuest by Whitestripes