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Lord of Sunset

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A thrilling tale of starcrossed love set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Norman invasion of England.Scion of one of England's noble families, Harold is content to lead a quiet life on a modest estate with his common-law wife Edith, ignoring the political machinations of court. But the winds of fate are capricious, and Harold finds himself thrust into a battle royal ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Eos (first published 1998)
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Apr 17, 2010 Misfit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brief rundown on the history this book covers. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066, England was ruled by Edward (now known as Edward the Confessor). Edward was related through his mother Emma to Duke William of Normandy and the Duke believed he was Edward's heir and had a God-given right to England's crown upon his death. Like all the other English kings, Edward's Earl's were pesky and the most powerful of them was the Earl of Wessex. Godwin had several sons, and a couple of them caused quite a ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit
This book is based on the story of Harold of Wessex during the Norman conquest.

The plot describes his love by Lady Edith of Nazeing and his friendship which turned in adversary, William of Normandy, also known as 'the Conqueror".

However, in my opinion, the best book based on this subject is Harold the King, by Helen Hollick.

Or perhaps I was expecting too much of the details of the famous Battle of Hastings, which unfortunately, was not the case of this book.

Dean Morgan
Feb 01, 2014 Dean Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read. This is essentially a prequel to Goodwin's "Sherwood" and "Robin and the King;" also excellent books. If you like historical fiction, especially historical fiction centered around the middle ages, then this is the book for you.

This book chronicles the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Parke Godwin is a phenomenal writer. His narrative is deeply engaging, and his characters well-developed.

I learned a lot about this era by reading this bo
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Jul 12, 2015 Phillip Akel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
What an amazing book and series by Parke Godwin. This is the prequel to his Sherwood series and I would definitely recommend you reading this before the Sherwood & Robin and the King books. I didn't and although it isn't crucial I wish I did because I learned all about Harold and his rise to power and how that would alter your perception of the 2 books. Anyways, I loved the character of Harold and his 'wife' in his eyes Edith. Godwin is a master at character development and I thoroughly enjo ...more
Oct 31, 2009 Cathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago but always remembered the story. I felt Lord of Sunset was well-written and it certain held my interest. This was my first read by this author, but not my last. The story is about Harold who becomes the last Saxon King of England and Edith, his hand-fast wife. A beautiful romance which actually occurred.
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Parke Godwin was an American writer known for his lyrical yet precise prose style and sardonic humor. He was also known for his novels of legendary figures placed in realistic historical settings; his retelling of the Arthur legend (Firelord in 1980, Beloved Exile in 1984, and The Last Rainbow in 1985) is set in the 5th century during the collapse of the Roman empire, and his reinterpretation of R ...more
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