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G microcosm of the times Born of noble blood and legendary lineage he is one of the nine founders of the Knights Templar and a survivor of the fearsome battles of the Crusader States in the Holy LandHarold is loyal warrior in the cause of the Empress Matilda On his broad shoulders Harold carries the legacy of England's past and its dormant hopes for the futur. don t get fooled by the title or the book cover it lacks the action it promised and felt inclined to discuss the romantic escapades of harold

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Anarchy Making of England #3

Anarchy is the knuckle whitening third novel in Stewart Binns' The Making of England seriesRuthless brutality greed and ambition the AnarchyThe year is 1186 the thirty second year of the reign of Henry IIGilbert Foliot Bishop of London has lived through long Henry's reign and that of his grandfather Henry I He has witnessed the terrifying civil war between He. Set out as uite a few books set in this period are by someone telling the story of someone else or someone telling their story to someone elseget over the initial groans and you ve got a really good involving interesting and evocative story Here it s even a bit convoluted as the story teller is telling a story as it was told to him by Harold of Hereward in letters to his church friend high up in the Vatican However It continues and fits seamlessly after the previous book Crusade and I think may well turn out to be the best of the series though there s only one to go Hereward s descendants are still involved but of course as the story moves on there are fewer who actually knew him and his legend grows Though for all his multifarious exploits in foreign climes as told in these books and James Wilde s books if you think about it his exploits never seem to have reached back to England There there is still mystery and intrigue surrounding him explained here and by James Wilde as the result of a pact made with King William to cease the resistance leave England and never come backI found no real fault in the uality of the writing but I can imagine uite a few aficionados will There s a real fluid flow to the story a sense of purpose and no one can argue he doesn t know his way around a story or how to tell it If you take the time to think about the story the people the times you could end up as me feeling uite affected by the concepts of loyalty to people and ideals that are expressed here I was very sad to finish the book As in there being a slight watering of the eyes that people gave their own futures for the futures of others and theres no surprise he is a former soldier and teacher has also written books on WWI and WWII People who put their own hopes and dreams to the side for the sake of other people Most poignant of all the link to Harold Hereward and what might have been on Senlac Hill if just five minutes had gone differently in 1066Say what you like about the writing the books they do inspire to maybe go find out about the periods If only to see if the people did really do all the things he has them doing Anyway uite apart from feeling proud that there were such men who called themselves Englishmen and were willing to lay down their lives or change their lives for the ideal of an England their children could be proud ofAll my reviews in one place Why yes Speesh Reads

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Nry II's mother the Empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen; a time so traumatic it becomes known as the AnarchyThe greatest letter writer of the 12th Century Folio gives an intimate account of one of England's most troubled eras Central to his account is the life of a knight he first met over fifty years earlier Harold of HerefordHarold's life is an intriguin. ReviewAnarchyIt s such an apt name for the time period of this book and one I m ashamed to know little aboutThis title by Stewart Binns is something on the surface I should have found fault with should have picked holes in There is a certain amount of generality to the people the nations the time period The plot misses so much rich depth that could have been added to the time periodAnd yet none of this matters because the plot powers along at a wonderful pace the characters are real humble flawed and at the same time stylised in such a fashion that it appeals at a different level for me This series has for me been about a journey to find and explore the innate elements that make the British British What are the character building blocks that created the stiff upper lip the boys own childish delight in tinkering the genius for innovation the intrepid explorers and the do or die trying spirit When you break it down to Celts Saxons Danes Normans etc Mix all of this into a pot that is the uniue landscape and history of the country you get the BritishHarold of Herford is the latest incarnation the latest ingredient in the mix and all of it is done with power pace style and a little I believe humourThe Historical content to be honest I didn t even give it a thought I m sure there are many fictional elements in here driving the story against a flat background of real history But the power and charm of this book is the telling not the facts I will go an learn about this period and I expect there to be many differences At the same time this is about the mix the moral and the tale telling EG the introduction of Robert of Hode and William of Scarlette It Should have added an element of farce but instead added a great little side legend and the development of the Robin Hood legend and its possible tie to the Hereward legend The whole book was a pleasure to read and I think shows the authors talent in television how to engage with the audience and carry them on a journey with his cast of characters This book was devoured in a single sitting and went past so fast it left me missing the people involved and wondering what comes next and how long do I need to wait for me a sure sign of a really good readand a book can be a damn fine read whilst not being the best book everI have no issue recommending this very Highly as a splendid way to spend the dayParm


10 thoughts on “Anarchy Making of England #3

  1. says:

    One of the thing's that is beginning to increasingly annoy me about fiction historical fiction is particular is it seems to be getting harder to find authors whose books start well and actually get better as you progress through a seriesBinns' first novel Conuest was in no short terms a fantastic immersive realistic and addictive read where the hero was fallible yet honourable That book was arguably one of the finest historical f

  2. says:

    Set out as uite a few books set in this period are by someone telling the story of someone else or someone telling their story to someone elseget over the initial groans and you’ve got a really good involving interesting and evocative story Here it’s even a bit convoluted as the story teller is telling a story as it was told

  3. says:

    Anarchy by Stewart Binns is a powerfully told story through the eyes of a 12th century letter named Folio The tale he tells is about a remarkable man named Harold of Hereford Of noble blood Harold is one of nine knights who founded the Knights Templar Harold is a savvy cunning and talented knight who throws his f

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    Harold of Hereford is a man born of history and will grow up with the destiny of England in his graspDescended from a line of English heroes who have all fought for English liberty from Norman rule he must learn the ways of a warrior if he is to continue the fightSent from England to hone his skills in the war torn Chri

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    ReviewAnarchyIt’s such an apt name for the time period of this book and one I’m ashamed to know little aboutThis title

  6. says:

    Great historical novel which gives a vivid account of 50 years in the life of knight and adventurer Harold of Hereford A definite page turner I felt drawn right into that world I already knew a bit about the crusades the Knights Templar and some of the key events mentioned but I had no idea just how brutal and chaotic the civil war between

  7. says:

    Darn good yarn from Stewart BinnsHe's managed to cram just about every English hero from the middle ages into one story from Hereward the Wake to Robin Hood Damn good stuff Recommended if you like SaxonNormanCrusadesKnights in yer book

  8. says:

    A must read for all fans of historic novels

  9. says:

    don't get fooled by the title or the book cover it lacks the action it promised and felt inclined to discuss the romantic escapades

  10. says:

    My least favourite of the Making of England series Lionheart was much better