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1066: What Fates Impose Paperback – January 2, 2014
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"This book is well researched and shows a passion for this period of time... A really really good read" -- Goodreads "Packed with historical detail - you really get a sense of the time period and setting" -- LibraryThing "An engrossing read... A very enjoyable book" -- Cheryl M-M's Book Blog
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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England. The Middle-Age just began. King of England is getting old. The time when he will join his deserved place to be with his ancestors is quickly approaching. King Edward did not die of sword, neither of an enemy arrow. He will die of old age. But there is a problem: the king has no rightful heir. King Edward did not have sons or daughters and the place on the throne seems uncertain. Nobody knows who will the next king (or queen) of England will be.
This is how the novel begins. We, as readers are in the ‘middle’ of a Middle-Age crisis in England. And only we are the one who will be able to solve the mystery of who will become the next king of England. Sounds great isn’t it? I just love it! It is like you can put yourself in shoes of a neutral bystander who watches how everything revolves around us. Riots on the borders… War is about to happen… Or maybe it will not? It all depends. And there is a man named Harold. He is Earl of Wessex. A man presumed to be the typical knight, an embodiment of valor, bravery and gallantry. Someone we all secretly want to be.
After reading this book I am kind of sad for the fact that we do not live in times of knights, princesses, queens, in times when valor and gallantry meant something more than just taking a ‘selfie’ and putting it on Facebook under “Hey look, I’m so handsome’’ title. The only thing that the author maybe should consider putting in the book are orcs, dwarves, elves, magicians, you know – the fantasy element. But regardless of that “1066: What Fates Impose’’ is an excellent history ‘what if’ novel. 5.5/5.
For those with rich knowledge of England's history this historical novel will be readily accessible. For those unfamiliar with the fall of Anglo Saxon England, the Norman Conquest, and the atmosphere leading up to and following the Battle of Hastings this book will not only be entertaining as a novel but illuminating as to that fascinating time when the direction of England's crown was tenuous. G K Holloway recreates history in an England unknowingly on the brink of being changed forever. In mid 11th century, King Edward the Confessor is on the throne but has no heir nor has he named a successor. Harold Godwinson, the Earl of Wessex, appears to be the most competent for the crown but the country is divided in its sense of allegiance: the list of pretenders to the throne is significant. King Edward died in January 1066 and was succeeded by his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson. The Norwegian king Harald Hardrada invaded northern England in September 1066, was victorious at the Battle of Fulford, but Harold defeated and killed him at the Battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066. Within days, William landed in southern England. Harold marched south to confront him, leaving a significant portion of his army in the north. Harold's army confronted William's invaders on 14 October at the Battle of Hastings; William's force defeated Harold, who was killed in the engagement (the infamous arrow in the eye plays strongly here). William became William the Conqueror and history moved on. Add to these historical facts the epic romance that Holloway weaves, placing Harold as the main character and the complex family ties and feuds that plagued England that leave Harold Godwinson vulnerable, and Holloway weaves it all in a dramatic and pungent manner.
Holloway seems the right author to recreate this period in English history: he has obviously carefully researched the facts while at the same time appreciated the dramatic need for embroidery of court intrigue. It is a fine achievement. Grady Harp, October 14
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