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The Conqueror [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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"'Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to.'" (Katie Fforde)

"'My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours.'" (Margaret Drabble)

"'A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds.'" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

"'Sparkling'" (Independent on Sunday)

"'Georgette Heyer is unbeatable'" (India Knight)

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'Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone.' - Diane Pearson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (22 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB5A1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Georgette Heyer's The Conqueror is a mixture of factual history and fiction ,it tells the story of William the Conqueror from his birth through his early life, his violent wooing of Princess Matilda of Flanders,to his coronation as the King of England. It is one of the best Historical fiction books I have ever read,not just for it's detail,which is stunning without being overwhelming or boring,but also for the way Georgette Heyer carrys you through this world of long ago.As always With Ms Heyers books you are guarenteed a great time,always impossible to put down.Full marks especially if you're a fan you shouldn't miss this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How a nobody won a Kingdom 22 Nov 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Heyer is of course best known for her Regency romances such as Frederica, Cotillion, The Grand Sophy and more. However, as well as writing several detective stories set in the early 20th century she also wrote some historicals away from the Regency and Georgian periods that she made her own. 'The Conqueror' is one of these, the story of William the Conqueror who became the King of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

It's interesting reading the story with a positive view of the Norman Conquest when most latent English opinion is possibly rather more on the side of King Harold who was defeated at Hastings. It's part of Heyer's writing skill that enables her to paint a picture of an honourable and fearless man who was able to raise himself up from being an illegitimate nobody to a man worthy of the hand of Matilda, a high-born noblewoman. Heyer adds a fictional character, Raoul de Harcourt, to narrate to us much of the action, which does leave the reader somewhat distanced from William at times. However her mastery of battle scenes, the fact that she usually stays close to historical events in this story, add a great deal to the reader's enjoyment.

Heyer's research into the periods in which she sets her books is well-known and in 'The Conqueror', alongside her other books, it shows. The eleventh century was of course a long time ago and certain aspects of the book, for example its language, mean it's not always an easy read. The pacing is good, however, and although the romance is a relatively minor part of the overall story, it is still well-handled, showing how two fiery and strong people can produce a genuine and deep affection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer 20 Feb 2014
By Zarrina
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Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer heaven 4 Feb 2014
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Georgette Heyer never disappoints and is superb as always. I'm going to stop giving reviews if you keep demanding more words. Brief and to the point saves reader's valuable time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 31 Dec 2013
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bought this for my sister who has nearly read all her books and also collected nearly all.. she loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Connqueror 26 Oct 2013
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I first read Georgette Heyer's The Conqueror aka William the Conqueror and his loyal, imaginary adherent, Raoul de Harcourt a long time ago. I enjoyed reading it now as much as I did then.

Within the pages of this absorbing novel are the Norman personalities of the day as well as Harold Godwinson and other Saxon personalities. The author not only brings history to life, she also brings the people, both real and imaginary to life. Neither William's Duchess, nor Raoul's Saxon love, appear frequently in the novel but they take on lives of their own in a few very well written lines.

Georgette Heyer describes William's struggle to bring all the Norman lords to heel and restore peace to his country. However, he is ambitious and, when Harold reneges on his vow to support William after Edward the Confessor's death, he invades England, and conquers, even as his friend Raoul conquers his Saxon love's heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical reading 23 Oct 2013
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Georgette heyer always manages to weave a good story around factual historical events. This makes the storytelling far more interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power and Passion 1 Aug 2013
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
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Out of her mode up to this point in her career and extremely involving. This novel benefits from a huge amount of research and a very clear envisioning of the personality of William of Normandy.

Though there is romance here, of a very rough and Normandy sort, it is never central to the plot. William's marriage to Matilda was political and here is portrayed as one dominant spirit meeting its match with another. This may be the first wooing by whipping in literature.

The tale is really told through the eyes of Raoul, knight and friend of the would-be king. Raoul is the sensitive centre of the novel; he is rapacious in warfare, but sickened by it after. By using Raoul in this way, Georgette Heyer provides a softer edge to her narrative which it needs in view her writing about the battles William fought to gain and hold power.

The climax is, of course, the Battle of Hastings, and this is the most vigorous, explicit and detailed account I have read. The author certainly pulled no punches in her description of the fighting; it is physically graphic in its violence.

The research behind this novel must have been huge and yet it is worked involvingly into the narrative.

Raoul's friendship with the Saxon Edgar explores the mind-set of a foreigner abroad and the tensions present between the Saxon and Norman ethics. The subsidiary romance of Raoul and Edgar's sister, Elfrida, is a gentler reworking of the main romance, perhaps a sop to some of her regular readers and not fitting too well with the rest of the plot.

This may not be to all Heyer fans' taste, but it is an excellent work of historical fiction.
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