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William Rising

(William Rising #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Lion and the Rose, Part One: William Rising is the first book in an epic historical saga from debut author Hilary Rhodes. Extensively researched and compellingly told, it introduces us to the passionate drama and violent upheaval of eleventh-century Europe. The world as we know it, and the English language, would have been vastly different were it not for the driving a ...more
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published (first published June 19th 2014)
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Debbi
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Now I understand why William the Conqueror was the way he was!

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. As a fan of historical fiction, I had not found many books on William the Conqueror. The Lion and the Rose fit the bill!

Hilary Rhodes starts the story when William is a young lad, the bastard son of the Duke of Normandy. But the Duke has no legitimate heirs, and he loves his son, makes him the heir over the objections of many. The Lion and the Rose takes us through William's tumult
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Christina Rothfusz
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Historical Fiction and are always excited when I discover a new author I enjoy.

William Rising tells the story of William the conqueror, the illigitemate son of Robert from Normandy. He's made Duke at the age of 8 after the untimely death of he's father and is hunted ruthlessly by every nobleman in Normandy, trying to either capture or kill the young Duke.

However, William is a strong, stubborn and ruthless young boy who grows into a hard, strong leader and warrior.

It's a hard story, suburb
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Kathleen
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Lion and the Rose" by William Rising is the first of a trilogy. This installment begins in the year 1028 with William the Conqueror as a boy and follows his youth up to his marriage in about 1051. William's boyhood up bringing and life threatening experiences explain his later reputation as a ruthless warrior and leader. I look forward to reading the next two historical novels.
lucinda pierce
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nice Historical Fiction portrayal of William the Bastard' s early years and those too power. Does an excellent job in giving some backstory and teeth to the dry history left behind.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Kristin
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
An easy read, excellent story. I can't wait to start book 2.
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Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, currently reading the second book
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