Harold the King (The Saxon Series #2)
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 Qu...more
Harold Godwinesson is the son of Earl Godwin of Wessex. In his youth he falls in love with a beautiful woman, Edyth and takes her as his handfast wife. Because he knows that in the future he must make a alliance and get a wife in a Christian ceremony. We follow his life as he becomes Earl of East Anglia, as his sister Edith marries Edward (the confessor), as he fig...more
I can't believe how admirable both of Harold's wiv...more
I Am The Chosen King took me a lot longer to read than The Forever Queen and like many weighty historical fiction novels, I think it's best read when you have large chunks of time to devote to the experience. Due only to reading time constraints I wasn't as quick to fall in love with this...more
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...more
Published March 2011
Trade paperback, 592 pages
Reviewed by Sandra
The Battle of Hastings, also known as the Norman invasion of Britain or the Norman Conquest, is familiar terrain to history buffs. I Am the Chosen King is essentially the lead-up to it as the book covers the years from 1043 to 1066 A.D. Viking raids still occur and Edward the Confessor, of Westminster Abbey fame, sits on the throne of England.
I found the...more
The horrid Duke William of Normandy wants England for himself. So he invades England which leads up to the Battle of Hastings. Needless to say...more
The first book mainly followed Emma of Normandy and her two husbands and her reign as Queen of England. This book starts with the reign of Emma's son, Edward the Confessor, and ends with the Norman conquest....more
I knew how it ended, and that's about all I knew. (Art History, Medieval study, the Bayeux tapestry.) But as a reader of all English historical fiction that I find, I decided it was time to learn more about the battle of Hastings.
I found the books fascinating and full of information that I never knew. I enjoyed almost all of the journey.
And I now understand why the su...more
Like Beethoven’s Symphony Number 7, I am the Chosen King starts out quiet and touching and then slowly, almost without you reali...more
The story itself is fine, but I didn't love it. It is interesting to read about Harold though, so I would recommend it to someone interested in him (although I...more
An exciting and informative account, written by a lady who really knows her stuff!
Harold is certainly the hero of the story but what really makes this book interesting is watching all the intricate relationships between all the...more
Hollick (A Hollow Crown) constructs a magnificent epic in this unabashedly pro-Saxon recounting of a turning point in English history. Twenty-two years before the Battle of Hastings, Harold Godwinesson lives happily with his wife in the turbulent era of Edward the Confessor, but as a member of the most powerful noble family in England, Harold is drawn into a political drama that will eventually lead him to assume the rule of England as the last of the Saxon kings. While E...more
The story starts with Edward (late...more
The characters seem shallow, and you never quite become intimate with Harold, and the gamut of minor characters don't even register. The only character I found with a bit of depth was William the Bastard.
The pacing was off, with constant wrangling back and forth between ultimately unimportant persons and their geographical settings, while years flutter by. This sapped much of the vitality...more