1066: What Fates Impose Kindle Edition
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I always appreciate an author having done appropriate research in general, and in particular the ensuing historical accuracy that this brings to historical fiction. In the case of this book, the period is one with which I’m not much more well-versed than the average person educated in England, so I can’t speak categorically for its accuracy. What I can say is that I’m not aware of any gross historical misrepresentations or anachronisms (aside from the language, of course, but not many would want to read this book were it written in Old English, Norse where not overlapping, Old French, Medieval Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Breton, and so forth).
Granted, there is a lot of room for artistic licence, since there is much that is not known for sure about this period that was, after all, not long out of the Dark Ages. So there’s a lot where assertions or representations are unassailable with complaints of “that was not so”, because we’re not even sure how Harold died, much less how he lived, in many facets at least.
Regards characterization, I found this book to have a rich cast of characters, each with their quirks and mostly without being too simplistic. If I would give a criticism, it would definitely be those few characters who fell short, though, such as Duke William, who seemed unlikely to be able to win a game of conkers, let alone do any conquering; he could barely master his own court, much less wage an overseas war against a superior foe, and Earl Tostig, whose surly petulance made him quickly tiresome.
Thematically, a lot of the plot of this book was well-represented in its title, “What Fates Impose”. While initially seeming a nod to the fact that while the book opens with what is in effect an epilogue, with William on his own deathbed long after these events, reminding us that in essence this is a story where we all know how it will end, the idea crops up frequently throughout the book in various forms — how powerful people can be themselves powerless, acting in the only way that they can see the situation allows them; kings and pretenders alike being as much prisoner to the customs and expectations of those around them as the lowliest serf.
That said, there’s still plenty of room for power-mongering, even if in this story it’s not one where the schemers get what they want, as a rule, it makes for a great tale in the telling.
1. It's history. Most people lump books on history in the same category as "root canals without anesthetic" and "pancreatic cancer" (even though all three are quite different).
2. It's a period of history when a lot of the names are very similar ("Harold" and "Harald"). If you're not paying careful attention, you'll lose track of who you're reading about.
3. The bad guys win. This shouldn't really be considered a spoiler unless you weren't paying attention in World History in high school. The Normans, at this time in history, really were pigs. They were arrogant and insecure and England went down hill for hundreds of years after the Norman Conquest in terms of freedom and justice. They used their Roman Catholicism to lie about and attack the legal monarch of England and to justify it with their religion. Personally, I don't like it when the bad guys win.
The author did a good job of telling the story of the event leading up to the Norman Conquest and the Battle of Hastings. Some of the dialog seemed a bit contemporary but on the whole it wasn't distracting.
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