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The Golden Warrior

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  10 reviews
At Hastings, in the year 1066, Harold's great English army was defeated by the Normans under William the Conqueror, and Harold himself lost his life - but in that battle he won everlasting fame and a permanent place in English hearts.

It was a tragic culmination to a career that had seen many tribulations. Harold had sacrificed much for the sake of the crown: he had given u
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published by Scribner's (first published 1948)
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James Hockey
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have spread my reading of this book over a very long time. At first I was not sure I would finish it. The research is so comprehensive and the characterisation so factual and un-dramatic I felt I was reading a history book rather than an historical novel. And then it grabbed me and I finished the latter half of the book in two days. We all know the end of the Hastings story and the author uses this knowledge as the backdrop against which the characters move inexorably towards their fate. The p ...more
Jon Corelis
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A medieval I, Claudius, a real Game of Thrones

Surely one of the best historical novels ever, this telling of the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 is vivid, tragic, convincing, and overwhelming. The author's style is a unique voice which speaks like a bard giving a heroic saga while at the same time being perfectly clear contemporary English -- except for a few archaic expressions like "hand-fast marriage" and "night rail," which are fun and educational to look up. The social a
Sep 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The face-off between William the Conqueror and Harold the Wise. The writing style is that of the contemporary chronicles and ancient sagas. It holds the reader at a great distance from both characters and events. Finally, at about 70 pages from the ending, the reader is drawn closer to observe the final few days of Saxon England. I wouldn't have finished reading THE GOLDEN WARRIOR except that I can't walk out on Harold.

I read someone's comment about this book that author Muntz didn't make a choi
Geoff Boxell
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting to see other's views on this book: everything from * & unreadable to ***** excellent. I first read this book some 50 years ago and 45 years ago bought my own copy. I have read it several times. Sure the style is unusual but overall I think it is very well written. it was this book that caused me to delve deeper into the Norman Conquest and its causes.
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Michael Faulkner
An extraordinarily readable and believable re-imagining of the events leading up to the battle of Hastings and its immediate aftermath. It brings out particularly vividly the role that religion played in everyday life among the English and Norman aristocracy of the 11th century.
Written in the style of great epics like The Odyssey and The Illiad, this book about the Norman Conquest (written in 1949)was hard to read at times due to the archaic language and style. Overall though, a more balanced telling of the story which doesn't really seem to favor either Harold Godwineson or William of Normandy. The reader is assumed to know something about English history at this time as events are not always fully explained. 3.5 stars.
Dan Reppert
The author misses one vital element: adopting a protagonist. We observe all of the characters objectively, from a distance. The narrative uses the tone of an Icelandic saga, but the Icelandic sagas manage to bring the arc of the story to bear on a personal adventure, whereas this novel remains diffuse and removed one step too far back. The author is so busy telling snippets of narrative from here and there and everywhere that it is not even clear if there is a protagonist. The author could have ...more
John Curnutt
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the novelty of the language style wore thin after halfway through and the plot was too boring to compel me to finish - to the dustbin unfinished.
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a cast of characters, but a meaningful look at the structures of power in Harold's england -
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