The Conqueror Author:Georgette Heyer The day the beautiful Herleva gave birth to William, she dreamt that a tree sprang from her womb--a giant among trees, whose mighty branches overshadowed all of Nomandy and England. Barely grown to manhood, her half-noble bastard son forced the Norman lords to call him their Duke. Then William gathered his vassals to challenge the great Saxon wa... more »rrior Harold in a bloody struggle for the crown of England. Only one woman could match William's pride--the green-eyed Matilda of Flanders. Could William, in his strange and brutal way, conquer her too?« less
This is the first book I have read about William the Conqueror and I enjoyed it very much. I had a hard time putting it down for the last 100 pages and read until 2AM to finish it. I am not sure how I feel about the Duke of Normandy--he was certainly intellectual and strategic but also very self-centered. I am going to start on Plaidy's Norman trilogy to see what perspective she gives. I did fall in love with Raoul de Harcourt, William's "watcher" and close friend. I do recomment this book.