Very good work of historical fiction,
By A Customer
This review is from: Lord of Sunset (Paperback)Following the Battle of Hastings, William of Normandy turns to Lady Edith, the handfast wife of his enemy Harold of Wessex, to show him the corpse of her beloved. Edith looks back over her two decades of her common law marriage to Harold.
Harold was the second son of one of the more powerful nobles. He was extremely loyal to his father, family, and King Edward. However, Harold's goal was to unite the divided Saxon lords under one ruler. Harold fell in love with Edith, but due to Church law could not marry her except with the old rite of handfasting. They were a team for the next two decades as he reluctantly rose in power. They jointly raised a family together and ultimately claimed the throne of England. They were together on the battlefield when William completes his destiny. In defeat, Harold's dream of a unified England comes true.
LORD OF SUNSET is an intriguing narrating of the legendary but true love song of Harold and Edith. The exciting story line is told mostly by Edith's perspective as she looks back over her life with her beloved Harold. This writing technique works quite well for this novel as it provides the reader with a flavor of the period and demonstrates the story telling talent of Parke Godwin. However, the book turns a bit eerie when a dead character speaks of his life. Still, anyone who enjoys a historical novel that humanizes myths should try Mr. Godwin's books (this one and his Robin Hood tales -SHERWOOD and ROBIN AND THE KING) because they are terrific.