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Son of Blood: 1 (Crusades) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Ludlow
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11th Century Italy. The domination of the Normans, the most feared warriors in Christendom, is causing trouble. At their head is Robert de Hauteville, the 'Guiscard', who has colonised much of Italy and now commands the triple Dukedom of the extended Norman family. But Robert has made many enemies, including the ever-powerful papacy in Rome.

As Robert successfully suppresses a Lombard revolt, his first-born, Bohemund, now seventeen and blessed with the strength, height and military prowess of his father, has come to fight in his army. Already recognised as a formidable warrior, Bohemund seeks to assert his natural right as the heir of Robert's dukedom. With Robert's second son, Borsa, legally entitled to inherit, his quest is not without conflict. A battle between the sons is inevitable, and blood ties will count for nothing.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars easily his best book to date 29 May 2012
I hate the crusades, i have found them boring and crammed full of amazing fools rushing off to die for religion...And yet more and more authors seem to be not only writing in this era, but also writing engaging, interesting and action packed stories set either in the lead up to or on the actual Crusades, and guess what the crusades are about more than religion, there politics, power plays intrigue and just some plain old nasty gits.

Son of Blood (Crusades 1) is a real triumph for Jack Ludlow, easily his best book to date. I cant offer a great comparison to other books by similar authors (as i say i don't normally read the crusades) but having read Robyn Young, Stewart Binns and a few others i can say this ranks up there with the best because of its great characters, its very real scene setting and action that just drags you the reader along. Guiscard seems to pop up more and more in books by some cracking authors, and every book leaves me wanting to know more about this interesting character, if that is not a huge achievement then nothing is.

Mr Ludlow you can sign me up for the next book, and i think i shall be off to look at some of your other work if its half as good as this.


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NO FIGHTING MAN CAN GO INTO THE BATTLE THINKING OF DEATH, FOR TO DO SO IS TO RISK BRINGING ON THAT VERY FATE 12th Century Italy. The domination of the Normans, the most feared warriors in Christendom, is causing trouble. At their head is the feared Robert de Hauteville, the 'Guiscard', who has colonised much of Italy and now commands the triple Dukedom of the extended Norman family, but Robert has made many enemies including the ever-powerful papacy in Rome.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gripping read, even better than the previous volume (Conquest) which was far from poor. The strong points start as of page one of the prologue where the reader is treated straight away with a rather nasty fight opposing "rebel" Lombards to a handful of highly trained, fierce and fearless Norman knights who break their shieldwall. The contrast drawn between Bonito and the young giant Norman warrior and cold killer that is about to take him on is wonderfully drawn. So are the orher battles scenes across the whole book and, because this is the story of the last 12 years of Robert Guiscard, and the next decade that sees Bohemond his bastard "son of blood" become Prince of Tarento, there are quite a few of them.

This leads me to the book's second strength. This is the way Jack Ludlow has chosen and managed to depict the personalities and the relationship between his three main characters. I mean Robert de Hauteville, nicknamed Robert Guiscard, because of his cunning, the triple Duke (of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily, who also became Prince of Salerno), his younger brother and lieutenant Roger of Hauteville, the Great Count from whom the Koings of Sicily were to descend, and their respective son and nephew, Bohemond, who was to be one of the main leaders of the First Crusade and become the first Prince of Antioch. The relationships show a mixture of pride, respect, mutual wariness because each is aware of how dangerous the other one could be to the others and to their interests, masking deeper feelings which are never entirely allowed to come to the fore. Although we will of course never know for sure, Jack Ludlw has indeed managed to show them as I imagine them, making them feel real. So this worked very well for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome Return to Form 4 Nov. 2012
Effectively a continuation of the excellent "Conquest" series, "Son of Blood" is a welcome return to form, after the, for me, disappointing and somewhat lacklustre "Roads to War" trilogy.

Expertly weaving the internecine power politics of Norman controlled southern Italy with the crafty machinations of a devious papacy, Mr Ludlow again shows a pleasing control of both his characters and their motivations. The story depicts the highpoint of the power of Robert de Hauteville, the consummate wily Duke, the action scenes are vividly convincing and the intervening political scheming and manipulation entirely believable and engrossing. And, in Richard's illegitimate son Bohemund, we meet a fitting successor to William "Iron Arm". The crusades now beckon and I, for one, am very much looking forward to them, as depicted by Mr Ludlow. (Welcome) Back Jack Do It Again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Mr Ludlow 10 Oct. 2013
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I have previous read the Mercenary series and enjoyed the books, so I was looking forward to reading these, but it confused me in parts. Let me explain sometimes I felt I was reading a text book and not a fictional book, a small gripe I know. Overall I did enjoy the story and will continue with the series. My thinking is that this is the first book and it was more to lay the foundation of the story and get us used to the characters, of which there are many.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Road to Jerusalem 8 April 2013
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This continues the saga of the De Hautville family. In my view it captures the character of the Normans. Ludlow is a very readable author.Wish he would do a similar series on the Normans in Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I chose well for once!
Bought for my rather particular husband who is fascinated by this period of history and more often than not disappointed. He loved it and will read the subsequent novels now.
Published 4 months ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of well told action to get you involved
After reading so many Bernard Cornwell I was looking for a book with a similar theme. This a very good book and well researched.
Published 6 months ago by ANDREW GRIMSHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic, well written a very enjoyable history book
Published 8 months ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as expected
Published 11 months ago by Mr. T. S. Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 11 months ago by E. Tait
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An interesting book that outlines the Machiavellian nature of politics and warfare in medieval Italy. Interesting to see how the story progresses.
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars jack ludlow novels
one of the best medeveil writers the best writer of norman fiction plus crusades fiction very highly reccomended read everything written by jack ludlow
Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by ronpayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of blood
Excellent story about how the Dukedoms of Italy evolved in the 11th century and the crusades started in the attempt to free the holy land
Published on 11 Jan. 2013 by Leonard J Gibbons
3.0 out of 5 stars Just getting started
Whilst being well written, this book is not as gripping as the previous books about the de Hauteville dynasty. It feels very much a scene setter for future books about Bohemund. Read more
Published on 13 Aug. 2012 by Paul Leighton
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