1066: What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
1066:What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway is an intense historical novel that explores the events that took place leading up to the 1066 Battle of Hastings. This battle was won by William the Conqueror when he defeated England's King Harold. The story begins with William on his death bed, showing remorse and regret for his devastation he brought to England, the year being around 1087. There is a lot of going back in time in the novel, and then moving forward, which is somewhat of a challenge for the reader to keep track of what is happening. From the Vatican to the courts of Europe to Scandinavia, there is so much history in this book; it gives a great overview of historical events at the time, and lays the foundation for a great story. Mr. Holloway's strength lies not only in his attention to detail when describing royalty and their surroundings, but also in examining the personalities of the time, and to whom they were beholden. A fascinating glimpse into the history of England, which certainly showcases the author's knowledge.
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