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1066: What Fates Impose Paperback – January 2, 2014
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"An engrossing read... Aâ very enjoyable book" -- Cheryl M-M's Book Blog "Packed with historical detail - you really get a sense of the time period and setting" -- LibraryThing "This book is well researched and shows a passion for this period of time... Aâ really really good read" -- Goodreads
About the Author
G.K. Holloway has always been interested in history, politics and literature. A biography on King Harold II inspired him to write a novel based on the events of the time. Now he's done it, he is proud of his achievement - especially as he is dyslexic.
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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.
One thing to keep in mind is that you need to be careful of every little detail, there are some time jumps from time to time and it can be difficult to keep on track on the main plot, but be sure this is an incredible book to look for, I love reading history and I learn a lot of new things about the history of Europe, how everything was handled back then, how politics were perceive by everyone, and how everything is told as a chain of events, triumphs and defeats by a man who regrets a lot in his final moments.
Harold Godwinson reigned for just a short period of time after King Edward, before being defeated by the Normans. Harold was a man of character, but refused to bow down to his older brother when he came back from exile to reclaim his earldom which was passed down to Harold. He was my favorite character in this novel.
The drama and expectations of royalty seems harsh at time. Duty to family and a country is expected from a very young age. Marriages are arranged to show your allegiance to one political group or nation, not for love. Your friendships could determine your life or death.
The story jumps around in time a lot but the author does a good job of telling the story so you know where you are and what you are witnessing. Well written and an interesting enjoyable read. Good for a late evening relaxing time.
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