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Conquest

Narrated by: Richard Burnip
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: History, European
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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1066 – Senlac Ridge, England. William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, defeats Harold Godwinson, King Harold II of England, in what will become known as the Battle of Hastings. But England will not be conquered easily, the Anglo-Saxons will not submit meekly to Norman rule. Although his heroic deeds will nearly be lost to legend, one man unites the resistance. His name is Hereward of Bourne. His honour, bravery and skill at arms will change the future of England.

©2011 Stewarts Binns (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Limited

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‘ ... some wonderful prose and above all else characters that you really want to hang around’ ( Falcetta Times)

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  • peter
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 09-13-12

Soap history

This is a good bad book. The plotline is clever, with every major character of the 11th century springing out of the pages. A English hero meets up with Welsh rebels, a famous Scots King, a Spanish icon, and others. He returns to England to defy the despicable William the Conqueror, then goes off into Byzantine exile. There is a mystical amulet. If this sounds rather silly, it is.

That said, the book has a magnetism and many genuinely moving moments. Hereward's family are lovable. The women are not badly written but narrated in a breathlessly tedious way. There is a hilariously daft seduction scene. The Normans are all purpose professional villains. The Saxons are noble but doomed.

This is a great beach read, or one for a rainy day

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  • 03-01-12

Engrossing

One of the few books I've listened to in the past few years that I didn't want to end, excellent story and narration.

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  • Jonathan Charles Cracknell
  • 10-21-19

How not to write an historical novel

Where can I start? OK the prose is awful. He has made a good story into a dreadful durge. Hereward The Wake , a great legend of this country of which we know very little, joins the ranks of a rootin , tootin, warrior extraordinaire. I think may be I have failed to realize that this book is for 12 year olds and not for anyone who knows anything about British history. How tedious the characterizations of Hereward , the swashbuckling hero, is just that swashbuckling and of course he gets the best looking girl in the story etc. etc. etc. All in all a massive waste of time. Don't bother.

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  • andrew
  • 02-15-15

As a follow on this was poor,

What would have made Conquest better?

This story felt like a children story at times, weak plot based around facts. The characters were poor super hero types?

I was really looking forward to this book after the last by Stewart Binns but it almost as if he ran out of ideas

The narrative really got on my nerves,

Had to listen but dont know why

What could Stewart Binns have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

made it like previous novel

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It gives an idea of history and the Norman invasion, problem was I knew what would happen as I know this part of history

Any additional comments?

Maybe a good book for kids to learn about history