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The Norman Pretender (Norman Quartet #2)

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Second in a trilogy, The Norman Pretender continues the story of the Godwin family, Earls of Wessex. Opening in 1052, the story talks about the Battle of Hastings. Harold Godwin is rescued by the Duke William of Normandy from captivity, but he is tricked later into swearing an oath securing William's succession to the English throne. After Edward the confessor dies, Harold ...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published 1979 by Scribner
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The Norman Pretender takes up the story where Gildenford left off, as the powerful Godwinson family returns to England after King Edward forgives them for their role in the massacre of his brother Alfred and 600 of his Norman followers. The old Earl dies and his oldest son Harold becomes The Earl of Wessex and the story then details Harold's life as he battles the Welsh and his bitter enemy Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, while also struggling with his jealous brother Tostig. We also see the return of the ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Book #2 in a 4-book series. Deals with the Saxons of England in the 20+ years BEFORE the invasion of Duke William of Normandy. Very well written and I enjoyed it immensely. The problem I ran into is not with the story or the author, but the fact that volume #3 (The Disputed Crown) is NOT available from either my local library or the main library in my central Ohio town. I can buy a used copy ( for about $30 but I want to read the book, not read and keep. I'm finding this to be more of a ...more
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Valerie Anand's style is direct, frank, and gripping. There is little or no action at all in either this book or its prequel, Gildenford, but yet they keep the reader interested. The subtle plays for power and political intrigue make up for the lack of action. A very well-researched and interesting historical novel.
Dec 22, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Historical Fiction. Action and characters build. Need to know English history.
Aug 25, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
The one thing that slightly disappointed me about this book is how rushed the actual Norwegian & Norman Conquests were. 8 felt that they should have gotten more than the final 50 or so pages of the book. Hardraada's invasion especially I wish would've gotten more than the single chapter it got. Fantastic book, otherwise.
Aug 07, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Valerie Anand is really an excellent writer. I love the way she can get the details of a battle scene across, without dwelling too much on pages of battle. It is really amazing and extremely well done. Her characters are so authentic, I almost feel as though I have lived in the 11th century. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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Born in London, Valerie Anand knew at the age of six that she wanted to be an author. At the age of fifteen, she saw MGM’s film Ivanhoe. She walked into the cinema knowing that she wanted to be a novelist and walked out of it knowing that historical novels were the kind she most wanted to write.

Over the course of her long and distinguished writing career, Valerie has written many works of histori
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Other Books in the Series

Norman Quartet (4 books)
  • Gildenford (Norman Quartet, #1)
  • The Disputed Crown (Norman Quartet, #3)
  • King of the Wood (Norman Quartet, #4)

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