Harold the King

Harold the King[Download] ➽ Harold the King Author Helen Hollick – Oaklandjobs.co.uk In this beautifully crafted tale Harold Godwinesson the last Saxon King of England is a respected uick witted man both vulnerable and strong honorable and loving and yet in the end only human After th In this beautifully crafted tale Harold Godwinesson the last Saxon King of England is a respected uick witted man both vulnerable and strong honorable and loving and yet in the end only human After Harold the ePUB ✓ the political turmoil and battles leading up to we all know William the Conuerer takes England But Helen Hollick will have readers at the edge of their seats hoping that just this once for Harold the story will have a different ending. An Impressive NovelEvery once in awhile a real gem comes along and you are swept away on a timeless journey I was captured by the first page and held spell bound until the very end Helen Hollick is truly a remarkable author with a gifted talent for exceptional and superior writing The entire book flows along smoothly with many strong characters and scenes written in such a lovely poetic description providing the sensation of being right there in the midst of it all Beginning in the year 1043 with the newly crowned Edward King of England he is surrounded by many subjects who befriend him for their own self seeking motives and others whose only desire is to serve their King with irrefutable loyalty There are battles to be won scores to be settled and many a head stuck on a pike ‘I am The Chosen King’ is an unforgettable and extraordinary tale written with a great deal of passion by the author I absolutely loved it Very highly recommended This is an outstanding read by a splendid storyteller The novel is faithful to the historical record while taking a few liberties here and there The entire book flows along smoothly with many strong characters and scenes written in such a delightful poetic description providing the sensation of being right there during it all Even though you know the ending before you start the book it is in the story’s telling in between that will captivate you and keep you reading Full review you can find on my blog Wonderful book above all my expectations even if Helen Hollick doesn’t have the same absorbing way in writing a beautiful like Sharon Kay Penman who is my favorite HF writer without any doubt Her characters are not fully emotional engaged as the ones by SKP and we don’t feel so attached to them The description of Hastings battle was breathless sighI knew how this book was going to end Even still even knowing I found myself turning the pages as it reached the conclusion hoping for a different result Ms Hollick writes a tale of Harold that had me rooting for him and wanting him to live But alas all students of history know that England lost its King that day and the memory of the date of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 remainsThis is the second book by Ms Hollick I have had the good fortune to read; my first was The Forever ueen my review is HERE which tells the history preceding this book You don't need to read the first to enjoy the second But you will be missing an excellent bookI Am the Chosen King starts with Edward known to history as the Confessor on the throne He is to put it mildly not the strongest or most competent of kings He inherited much from his father Ethelred the Unready Yet he does have a bit kindness in his heart than his father He bumbles through his reign not realizing the results of his promises until it is too late He makes unwise friendships and alliances caring for himself than for EnglandHarold Godwineson ends up Earl of Wessex after the death of his father He is wise thoughtful and an excellent leader of men Despite his good ualities Edward prefers Harold's brother Tostig because Tostig is basically a yes man When Tostig's management of his earldom causes a near civil war Edward finally realizes the error of his waysI've laid out a VERY simplistic bit of what is a complex detailed and well researched tale about strong personalities and two men who would be King after Edward William of Normandy invaded England and took the crown whether it was his to have or not He didn't care He wanted it so he took it There is not much left of the historical record and that which is left was written by the victors so you know how they have spun itThis was a book that was very hard for me to put down I found myself immersed in time and place and just about felt like I was THERE Ms Hollick is a master at delivering a tale that you don't want to end Even when you know the outcome you don't want to depart from the characters I spent this morning googling the players in the book to see what I could learn What does that tell you about her storytelling? Or this at times I wanted to jump into the pages and just strangle some people The writing is that powerful I loved this book and hope there are As much as I hated William I would love to see how Ms Hollick writes his story This is the first time I have minded a historical fiction book with multiple points of view POV; perhaps it’s because I feel that Harold Godwinson the main man in this book had not been given all the ‘exposure’ he deserved Other than that I am content with how the narrative of his life and the events leading to the Norman conuest of 1066 have been carried out I only know fragments about him from several post Norman conuest stories I have read—mostly a flick through in a page proclaiming him as the fallen king but with this book it not only introduced me to Harold’s valor and commitment to serve but to the Anglo Saxons’ rich history and traditions as well I actually first became fascinated with English medieval history through the Plantagenets although now I also find a degree of sympathy and respect for the likes of Harold Godwinson who did not cower from the threat of foreign invasion and valiantly fought and died for his country Whether his ascendance to the throne was ruled by avarice or love for his homeland I know not but Helen Hollick is obviously Team Harold and it’s not difficult to really like him when he’s been everywhere in this book as a pleasant caring and level headed manThe novel has abruptly ended with the death of England's last Anglo Saxon king It was a truthfully sad brusue ending like Miss Hollick did not care any about the aftermath of the events or was unrelenting to describe the after battle scenes in a few words—save from a terse order from Duke William about Harold’s resting place or a glimpse of his common law wife weeping At any rate it has worked for me; I felt the story had ended the way it should have as there was nothing to tell when Harold was slain in battle Had the author decided to write a few pages after his downfall I would have probably lost interest and stopped reading In Hollick's acknowledgements she mentions Sharon Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick as being strong influences on her writting and I could tell this was true based on how richly she writes The editing was not the best so be warned on that front but I did love EVERY second of this series and recommend it to any PenmanChadwick fan I knew what was coming and I cried like a baby any way Poor Edyth Poor Gytha William really was a bastard At least this William was I knew the date I knew the place I knew nothing about the details The Battle of Hastings 1066 is now than just a phrase to me Helen Hollick has taken the few facts available and woven an incredible story highlighting the whys and wherefores of that pivotal moment in English history Truly recommend it I am always worried when I pick up a novel about one of my pet favourites Harold Godwinson is like a god to me but I had no need to worry for in Helen's hands he becomes everything I would like him to be A flawed but brilliant man On my favourites shelf for all time I picked up this book not long after finishing Hollick's Forever ueen the first in this Saxon Series Having read very little about England's pre Conuest history I did enjoy learning about this time period and the portions that I looked up to delve deeper into did show that the book is written about as accurately as anything about that time can be at this point As with the first book I felt that too much time was spent on details and events that did not seem to add to much to moving the story along Though I enjoy epic novels I do not so much like drudging through unnecessary side plots I assume that Hollick was attempting to give a broad picture of the political maneuvering and historical backstory but sometimes there was just too much For example the descriptions of Godwine's exile Harold's time in Normandy and Edward the Exile's decision to come to England all seemed to have little to add to the overall storyThat being said I did greatly enjoy this book Having only basic knowledge of the events of 1066 I was enthralled with the people and events that led to the Battle of Hastings All of the what if's and if only's are expertly taken advantage of in Hollick's writing to keep the reader on the edge of their seat even knowing that Harold's demise is eminent Since I did not previously know much about Harold I do not know if his characterization is accurate but it seems unlikely that he was as smart caring personable and all around wonderful as he is painted in this narrative About the only dislikable thing about him is his apparent love for two women at the same time which is explained away as being necessary for his status explained a few too many times as we are constantly reminded that he will eventually have to take a real wifeWilliam of Normandy on the other hand is the evil selfish ambitious man that is loved only by his wife and only by her because her other choice is a miserable life and marriage The stereotypical good versus evil of Harold and William was a little over the top which was a shame since the historical facts were so well presented a balanced and realistic personification of these two men would have been niceThe way this was written and the turn of events reminded me of the many Ricardian slanted novels that I have read about Richard III Both the last Saxon king and last Plantagenet king were killed by usurpers with little claim to the throne and many authors would have us believe that these doomed kings would have been England's greatest blessing had they reigned for time Whether it was actually true of either Harold or Richard I suppose we can only conjecture Overall I found this a very worthwhile read that has opened me to another very interesting part of history I would definitely recommend this and Forever ueen to any fan of English historical fiction

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  • ebook
  • 711 pages
  • Harold the King
  • Helen Hollick
  • English
  • 24 November 2014
  • 9781402263125