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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099490927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099490920
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"'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)

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"'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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2001
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2008
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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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By anne armstrong on 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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By Rosemary Morris on 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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Georgette heyer always manages to weave a good story around factual historical events. This makes the storytelling far more interesting.
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By madcapbears on 6 May 2013
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In parts rather long winded, historically very good, I made sense of some parts of history I hadn't quite understood.
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I was an avid reader of Georgette Heyer during the 60's."
The Conqueror" is an historical novel which rings with authenticity and fills out the reason why William of Normandy decided to conquer England. It is a nitty gritty novel and brings the many facets of Williams's character to life.
Re-reading it after so many years was as enjoyable as when I first read it, and I will read it again in a few years time as an old favorite.
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By Sophiescribe on 8 Nov. 2012
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If you like history or if you don't this is a fabulous read. Gives you an insight into the man who has on his tomb stone in Normandy the title William Duke of Normandy, King of England. (King of England being the least important title). Miss Heyer weaves historical fact with a wonderful love story. William conquers a country and the heart of his would be Queen with ruthless aplomb.
Terrific story, beautifully told, fabulous use of the English language.
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