[Read] ➲ Harold the King By Helen Hollick – Go2deal.co.uk

Harold the King In This Beautifully Crafted Tale, Harold Godwinesson, The Last Saxon King Of England, Is A Respected, Quick Witted Man Both Vulnerable And Strong, Honorable And Loving And Yet, In The End, Only Human After The Political Turmoil And Battles Leading Up To 1066, We All Know William The Conquerer Takes England But Helen Hollick Will Have Readers At The Edge Of Their Seats, Hoping That Just This Once, For Harold, The Story Will Have A Different Ending.


About the Author: Helen Hollick

I escaped London in January 2013 to live in North Devon but was born in Walthamstow, North East London in 1953 I began writing at the age of 13 Desperately wanting a pony of my own, but not being able to afford one, I invented an imaginary pony instead, writing stories about our adventures together at every spare opportunity In the seventies I turned to science fiction this was the age of Dr


10 thoughts on “Harold the King

  1. says:

    An Impressive Novel.Every once in awhile a real gem comes along and you are swept away on a timeless journey I was captured by the first page and held spell bound until the very end Helen Hollick is truly a remarkable author with a gifted talent for exceptional and superior writing The entire book flows along smoothly with many strong characters and scenes written in such a lovely poetic description providing the sensation of being right there in the midst of it all Beginning in the year 1043 with the newly crowned Edward, King of England, he is surrounded by many subjects who befriend him for their own self seeking motives, and others whose only desire is to serve their King with irrefutable loyalty There are battles to be won, scores to be settled, and many a head stuck on a p...

  2. says:

    This is an outstanding read by a splendid storyteller The novel is faithful to the historical record while taking a few liberties here and there The entire book flows along smoothly with many strong characters and scenes written in such a delightful poetic description providing the sensation of being right there during it all Even though you know the ending before you start the book, it is in the story s telling in between that will captivate y...

  3. says:

    Wonderful book, above all my expectations even if Helen Hollick doesn t have the same absorbing way in writing a beautiful like Sharon Kay Penman, who is my favorite HF writer, without any doubt Her characters are not fully emotional engaged as the ones by SKP and we don t feel so attached to them ...

  4. says:

    sigh I knew how this book was going to end Even still, even knowing, I found myself turning the pages as it reached the conclusion hoping for a different result Ms Hollick writes a tale of Harold that had me rooting for him and wanting him to live But alas, all students of history know that England lost its King that day and the memory of the date of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 remains.This is the second book by Ms Hollick I have had the good fortune to read my first was The Forever Queen my review is HERE which tells the history preceding this book You don t need to read the first to enjoy the second But you will be missing an excellent bookI Am the Chosen King starts with Edward known to history as the Confessor on the throne He is, to put it mildly, not the strongest or most competent of kings He inherited much from his father, Ethelred the Unready Yet he does have a bit kindness in his heart than his father He bumbles through his reign not realizing the results of his promises until it is too late He makes unwise friendships and alliances caring for himself than for England.Harold Godwineson ends up Earl of Wessex after the death of his father He is wise, thoughtful and an excellent leader of men Despi...

  5. says:

    This is the first time I have minded a historical fiction book with multiple points of view POV perhaps it s because I feel that Harold Godwinson, the main man in this book, had not been given all the exposure he deserved Other than that, I am content with how the narrative of his life and the events leading to the Norman conquest of 1066 have been carried out I only know fragments about him from several post Norman conquest stories I have read mostly a flick through in a page proclaiming him as the fallen king, but with this book, it not only introduced me to Harold s valor and commitment to serve but to the Anglo Saxons rich history and traditions as well I actually first became fascinated with English medieval history through the Plantagenets, although now I also find a degree of sympathy and respect for the likes of Harold Godwinson who did not cower from the threat of foreign invasion and valiantly fought and died for his country Whether his ascendance to the throne was ruled by avarice or love for his homeland, I know not, but ...

  6. says:

    I knew what was coming and I cried like a baby any way Poor Edyth Poor Gytha William really was a bastard At least this William was.

  7. says:

    In Hollick s acknowledgements she mentions Sharon Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick as being strong influences on her writting and I could tell this was true based on how richly she writes The editing was not the best so be warned on that front but I did love EVERY second of th...

  8. says:

    I knew the date I knew the place I knew nothing about the details The Battle of Hastings 1066 is now than just a phrase to me Helen Hollick has taken the few facts available and woven an incredible story, highlighting the whys and wherefores of that pivotal moment in Engl...

  9. says:

    I am always worried when I pick up a novel about one of my pet favourites Harold Godwinson is like a god to me but I had no need to worry for in Helen s hands he becomes everything I would like him to be A flawed but brilliant man On my favourites shelf for all time.

  10. says:

    I picked up this book not long after finishing Hollick s Forever Queen, the first in this Saxon Series Having read very little about England s pre Conquest history, I did enjoy learning about this time period, and the portions that I looked up to delve deeper into did show that the book is written about as accurately as anything about that time can be at this point As with the first book, I felt that too much time was spent on details and events that did not seem to add to much to moving the story along Though I enjoy epic novels, I do not so much like drudging through unnecessary side plots I assume that Hollick was attempting to give a broad picture of the political maneuvering and historical backstory, but sometimes there was just too much For example, the descriptions of Godwine s exile, Harold s time in Normandy, and Edward the Exile s decision to come to England all seemed to have little to add to the overall story.That being said, I did greatly enjoy this book Having only basic knowledge of the events of 1066, I was enthralled with the people and events that led to the Battle of Hastings All of the what if s and if only s are expertly taken advantage of in Hollick s writing to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, even knowing that Harold s demise is eminent Since I did no...

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