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This is a good bad book. The plotline is clever, with every major character of the 11th century springing out of the pages. A English hero meets up with Welsh rebels, a famous Scots King, a Spanish icon, and others. He returns to England to defy the despicable William the Conqueror, then goes off into Byzantine exile. There is a mystical amulet. If this sounds rather silly, it is.
That said, the book has a magnetism and many genuinely moving moments. Hereward's family are lovable. The women are not badly written but narrated in a breathlessly tedious way. There is a hilariously daft seduction scene. The Normans are all purpose professional villains. The Saxons are noble but doomed.
This is a great beach read, or one for a rainy day
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One of the few books I've listened to in the past few years that I didn't want to end, excellent story and narration.
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What would have made Conquest better?
This story felt like a children story at times, weak plot based around facts. The characters were poor super hero types?
I was really looking forward to this book after the last by Stewart Binns but it almost as if he ran out of ideas
The narrative really got on my nerves,
Had to listen but dont know why
What could Stewart Binns have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
made it like previous novel
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It gives an idea of history and the Norman invasion, problem was I knew what would happen as I know this part of history
Any additional comments?
Maybe a good book for kids to learn about history