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Son of Blood (Crusades 1) [Hardcover]

Jack Ludlow
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28 May 2012 Crusades (Book 1)
NO FIGHTING MAN CAN GO INTO THE BATTLE THINKING OF DEATH, FOR TO DO SO IS TO RISK BRINGING ON THAT VERY FATE 11th 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. The newly elected Pope Gregory excercises his vendetta against the Normans by encouraging them to sail to Byzantium and fight the Turks. But first he must deal with the Guiscard - As Robert successfully suppresses a Lombard revolt, punishing the traitors with unrestrained brutality, 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 but it is not without difficultly and conflict as Robert's second son Borsa is now legally entitled to inherit...a battle between the sons is inevitable and loyalties and blood ties will count for nothing.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; Fict edition (28 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749011009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749011000
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'Exciting and unpredictable' The Bookbag 'Builds up from pure adventure with excitement and daring all the way' Historical Novels Review

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8 of 9 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 easily his best book to date 29 May 2012
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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.

Recommended
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 14 Jun 2014
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An interesting book that outlines the Machiavellian nature of politics and warfare in medieval Italy. Interesting to see how the story progresses.
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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 jack ludlow novels 18 Jan 2013
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one of the best medeveil writers the best writer of norman fiction plus crusades fiction very highly reccomended read everything written by jack ludlow
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