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Conquest: 3

Conquest: 3 [Kindle Edition]

Jack Ludlow
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It gives a vivid, authentic flavour of those turbulent times, laced with carefully-worked-in historical detail "

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The final book in the heart-stopping trilogy that began with Mercenaries.

In twenty years the de Hauteville brothers have gone from penniless obscurity to become the most potent warrior family in Christendom: depended on by the Pope, feared by Byzantium and respected by the Holy Roman Emperor. Now, at the head of the tribe stands Robert, who has only one aim: to expand his power by military conquest. But his younger brother, Roger, has his own ambitions.

Yet, the loyalty of blood that binds this family of warriors together is still present and it is that, above everything, which will be the catalyst that propels the name de Hauteville to the pinnacle of power, as they undertake the first true crusade of the 11th century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (24 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB2CC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jack Ludlow is the pen name of writer David Donachie, who was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has always had an abiding interest in the Roman Republic as well as the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which he drew on for the many historical adventure novels he has set in that period. David lives in Deal with his partner, the novelist Sarah Grazebrook.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The pleasure is in the detail 15 Oct 2010
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They are certainly well researched and moves at a good pace. However, sometimes too good, it's almost as if he wrote the whole series in a hurry (maybe to meet a deadline). Some scenes have quite a bit of detail and then suddenly a whole series of events will happen over a page or two.

I have greatly enjoyed his other books (in whichever of his guises) and these have been more leisurely constructed but these three books should, perhaps, have been four or even five.

All in all they have ended up as one long holiday read rather than true historical novels
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but could have been better! 29 Aug 2010
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This is, supposedly, Tome 3 of the epic "Conquest" trilogy. However, and rather obviously for someone who knows a bit of the period, it seems that the author has been a bit too prolific and could not finish the story of Robert and Roger the Hauteville within his trilogy, as expected. So he cuts it off after the fall of Palermo (1072), given the impression that Sicily was as good as conquered by then. In fact, it took another 19 years for Roger to complete the conquest of the island while his brother Robert would live on another 13 years, conquer Salerno, invade the BYzantine Empire twice and march against the German King/Emperor to rescue the pope.

This is in fact my main grip with this tome: it is a historical fiction, not a historical novel, meaning that the author has taken a lot of liberties with the actual facts and has presented a rather biaised version - very pro-norman (and especially pro-Roger) - of what happened. A few examples (but they are in fact many more):
- the book opens up with a Norman siege of the port of Brindisi with help of a Venetian squadron of galleys to blockade it by sea. Rather unrealistic since the Venetians were (in theory, by that time) vassals of the Byzantine Emperor and would in fact become his allies in fighting against Robert Guiscard. Anyway, the would never have sided (and didn't) with the Normans, especially to help them in wresting the ports of Apulia from which they could control traffic along the Adriatic
- the siege of Bari is also a bit of a fantasy. The byzantine military commander (Paternos) was the Catepan (not the so-called "Bisanzio", which seems to have been a nickname for the head of the pro-byzantine faction amonf the - mainly Lombard - citizens of Bari). Paternos did not die during the siege.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conquest a magnificent trilogy 12 Dec 2010
This is the third book in this very good trilogy. A must for all those who love historical fiction, these three books are so well researched that they open up a new window in history. A family of Norman Knights in the 10th century creating new kingdoms in Italy. Exciting and very well written, I could not put them down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok 1 April 2013
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this is a book that my dad has bought he is into these sort of books and he enyoyed reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars CONQUEST 17 April 2012
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Great read for anyone who likes historical fiction.The author had clearly done a lot of research into the characters and the events happening at that period in history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Jack Ludlow 27 April 2011
Having already sampled the work of this author, who also writes under the pen-name of David Donachie (19th. c. seafaring novels), I expected this fictionalised biographical trilogy to be of a good standard, both historically accurate and a good read. All three volumes were certainly that and more. The author admits that some small liberties have been taken with time lines to maintain the fictional flow but these books are without a doubt an interesting and absorbing read. I do not believe that the de Hautville family who dominated the Norman conquest of Italy and Sicily and subsequently the Holyland have been previously featured in historical fiction since Alfred Duggans novels were published in the 1950s a much overlooked important episode of feudal history.
Buy this series, read them, keep them....they are that rarity in fiction that readers will return to an re-read over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at a little-known empire 12 July 2014
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Although I enjoyed a recent TV documentary about the Norman empire in Italy, I've never read anything about it, and discovered this trilogy by chance, but am glad I did. It is very detailed, and true to life, according to other non-fiction sources on line. It is very well written, and I like his style, though the grammatical construction of many of his sentences cause some annoyance - but that's just me. A fine trilogy of adventures, well worth five stars.
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