By Georgette Heyer
The genuine tale of the bastard son who made himself a king and the lady who melted his middle. The stirring historical past of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, who invaded England and have become the King. His victory, concluded on the conflict of Hastings in 1066, is named the Norman Conquest. recognized for her exhaustive examine and skill to carry previous eras to existence, bestselling writer Georgette Heyer tells the tale of William the Conqueror, who turned King of britain in 1066, and his queen Matilda, the high-born noblewoman who first and foremost scornfully spurned him. William was once an illegitimate baby of a nobleman, who received his dukedom via strength of will, and went directly to carry ecu feudalism to England, besides a application of creating and fortification that integrated the construction of the Tower of London. The old novel comprises Heyer's exceptional interval language and her excellent grab of the main points of the day - garments, armor, guns, and foodstuff - making for a desirable and blood-stirring learn. Bonus examining team consultant to be had inside of. "From the instant whilst the newborn grasped his father's sword with a power strange in a single so younger, William confirmed himself a pace-setter between males. The Conqueror grew out of an immense quantity of old examine into the way of living, the way in which of speech, the way in which of notion, and feeling, and praying within the 11th Century. with no sacrificing the movement of her plot, leave out Heyer conveys an knowing of this era, extra actual in addition to extra colourful than many historic tomes. it really is seen in studying this novel that Georgette Heyer is certainly a mistress of her craft." - most sensible dealers "Perfect craftsmanship." - the recent York occasions e-book evaluate "Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us in simple terms aspire to." - Katie Fforde "My favorite ancient novelist." - Margaret Drabble (20080903)
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Yet will you say that our Duke has made so ill a beginning? ’ said Gilbert scornfully. ’ Raoul challenged him. ’ Hubert interposed. ‘The boy will soon find his mistake. Let him take service with the Duke, if my lord can so arrange it for him. If I am right and he comes back disappointed – well, there will be a place for him still at my board. If he is right, and the Duke is a man even as his father was before him, why, so much the better for us all! ’ Hubert’s word was law at Harcourt when he spoke it in just that tone.
Some were dicing, some talking in low voices, and others drowsing with their heads on the table. The servers were still busy clearing away the trestles, and spreading pallets; and presently the Duke’s valet came up the stairs and went into William’s chamber. From the ambry leading into the hall came a muffled clatter of patins in the wash-tub; outside in the court the men-at-arms were still moving about. There was no sign of Galet; he must have slipped away when the Duke went upstairs. ’ Raoul thought, hating him.
With good will,’ said Raoul promptly. ’ asked Hubert. ’ Raoul did not answer for a moment, but stood looking down at the flickering candles. Presently, he raised his eyes to his father’s face, and spoke in a different voice, serious and hesitating. ‘Father, you and my brothers there have always laughed at me for being a dreamer. Perhaps you are right, and I am fit for nothing else, but my dreams are not so ill, I think. For many years I have dreamed of law in this Normandy of ours, law and justice, so that men may no longer burn and slay and pillage at will.