Hope Muntz has done an amazing job with this novel. Studentsof history will appreciate it as it is almost (but not quite) likereading from the source documents, and it gives the characters really strong identities without romanticising them the way so many authors are tempted to. Although it is out of print it is worth seeking a pre-loved copy. You won't regret it.
I reviewed this book once some time back but amazon apparently cleared it off in one of their software retooling fits so the original text is now lost. Still, Hope Muntz' tale of Harold and William and their epic tug-of-war for the throne of England which ended in the bloody Battle of Hastings in 1066 is worth writing about again (though I haven't the patience or energy to attempt to recap the full text of that now lost review). I'm a lover of historical fiction and have … more