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A Search for the Truth
on 5 October 2006
Paul Doherty is the consummate storyteller and whatever subject he happens to pick to write about the books and the characters within them seem to come to life. Be it medieval England or Ancient Egypt his grasp of the subject is always first class. He has written many, many books over the years and how he manages to achieve this and also have the full time job of a school headmaster beggars belief. I do not think I have missed reading one of his books and there really are a lot of them. But with hand on heart I can say that there has not been one that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. Even the ones written under other pseudonyms, (Michael Clynes etc.).
William Rufus was the second surviving son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. Just before the Conqueror died he decided that William Rufus rather than his brother Robert Curthose should become King of England after him and Rufus was crowned on September 26th, 1087.
Most of the history books will tell you that on August 2, 1100, King William Rufus went hunting at Brockenhurst in the New Forest. Gilbert de Clare and his younger brother, Roger of Clare, were with the king. Another man in the hunting party was Walter Tirel, who was married to Richard de Clare's daughter, Adelize. Also present was William Rufus' younger brother Henry. During the hunt, Walter Tirel fired an arrow at a stag. The arrow missed the animal and hit William Rufus in the chest. Within a few minutes the king was dead. Tirel jumped on his horse and made off at great speed. He escaped to France and never returned again to England.
In this book Paul Doherty looks into the death of the king, through the eyes of Anselm, the great philosopher and secret admirer of the Red King. After studying evidence, both old and new the author put a much more sinister interpretation on William's death.