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Anarchy Making of England #3

G microcosm of the times Born of noble blood and legendary lineage he is one of the nine founders of the Knights Templar and a survivor of the fearsome battles of the Crusader States in the Holy LandHarold is loyal warrior in the cause of the Empress Matilda On his broad shoulders Harold carries the legacy of England's past and its dormant hopes for the futur. Darn good yarn from Stewart BinnsHe s managed to cram just about every English hero from the middle ages into one story from Hereward the Wake to Robin Hood Damn good stuff Recommended if you like SaxonNormanCrusadesKnights in yer book Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink is one of the nine founders of the Knights Templar and a survivor of the fearsome battles of the Crusader States Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras in the Holy LandHarold Ni Un Jefe Más. Quiero tener mi negocio y ser mi propio jefe. Secretos para independizarse: Cómo un Emprendedor Exitoso. Cómo crear una empresa exitosa. Cómo emprender e iniciar un negocio rentable is loyal warrior No Limits (No existen Límites cuando se cree en uno mismo) in the cause of the Empress Matilda On his broad shoulders Harold carries the legacy of England's past and Captain Wentworths Persuasion its dormant hopes for the futur. Darn good yarn from Stewart BinnsHe s managed to cram just about every English hero from the middle ages Canu Cynnar into one story from Hereward the Wake to Robin Hood Damn good stuff Recommended La bondad de los extraños if you like SaxonNormanCrusadesKnights Willy the Wizard in yer book

review Anarchy Making of England #3

Nry II's mother the Empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen; a time so traumatic it becomes known as the AnarchyThe greatest letter writer of the 12th Century Folio gives an intimate account of one of England's most troubled eras Central to his account is the life of a knight he first met over fifty years earlier Harold of HerefordHarold's life is an intriguin. Harold of Hereford is a man born of history and will grow up with the destiny of England in his graspDescended from a line of English heroes who have all fought for English liberty from Norman rule he must learn the ways of a warrior if he is to continue the fightSent from England to hone his skills in the war torn Christian states of the Middle East Harold and his loyal retainer Eadmer first travel to Venice to enlist in the Doges Navy Tasked with helping defend Venice s vast merchant fleet Harold must learn fast as pirates and the elements give him an education and experience he will never forgetHarold is then chosen top help escort the Doges sister Lady Livia to her husband to be Roger Regent of AntiochDisaster and misfortune dog the mission and Harold must use all of his new found experience to safely deliver Livia to her husband but a betrayal will leave him bitter and discharged from the Doges service Knighted by the Doge and with a reputation as a fighter Harold soon comes to the attention of a new fighting force in the Crusader statesAs a founder member of the Templers he is sent to England to raise money and recruit for them but he finds England in turmoilKing Henry is dead and the land is locked in a civil war between his chosen heir Empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen who has usurped the throneHarold is drawn to Matilda s cause She may be the daughter of the Norman King Henry but in her runs the blood of English Saxon kings and she is the only hope for a fairer EnglandWith Harold as her Military adviser she sets of to win back her rightful throne but on the way her and Harold become lovers and Harold will influence the English monarchy in ways he could never of imagined This is the third book from Stewart Binns and one of the strengths of the previous books has been the character development and this continues with Harold of Hereford From a young man struggling to live up to his families past and successes he uses the almost constant state of warfare to learn his skills and grow as a person and goes from a inexperienced young solider to a battle hardened and tough captain of menA relatively unusual aspect of the book is the strong women characters From Harold s Mother via the Venetian Princess Livia to the Empress Matilda they are strong dominant and they have a profound influence on Harold While he maybe inspired by the tales of this male relatives exploits its the women in his life who mold and make the manThis gives the book a much softer side to an often brutal and bloody period of history and really adds another dimension to the story We still get plenty of fighting and hacking scenes and the naval scenes in particular are very good so there is something for everyoneThis book is set in one of the most traumatic periods in European history with a state of constant small scale warfare between England and France Mediterranean city states vying for trade and a battle of survival in the Christian states in the Middle East Anarchy is an apt name for this bookThis book brings to life those turbulent times and populates it with a great cast of characters I can highly recommend this book

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Anarchy is the knuckle whitening third novel in Stewart Binns' The Making of England seriesRuthless brutality greed and ambition the AnarchyThe year is 1186 the thirty second year of the reign of Henry IIGilbert Foliot Bishop of London has lived through long Henry's reign and that of his grandfather Henry I He has witnessed the terrifying civil war between He. One of the thing s that is beginning to increasingly annoy me about fiction historical fiction is particular is it seems to be getting harder to find authors whose books start well and actually get better as you progress through a seriesBinns first novel Conuest was in no short terms a fantastic immersive realistic and addictive read where the hero was fallible yet honourable That book was arguably one of the finest historical fiction books I ve read in terms of having a long term memorable effect and resonanceTherefore when you read his subseuent books you can t help but be disappointedFor some unknown and hard to fathom reason Binns has decided to take the approach to never write two books with the same narrative styleConuest was written from a traditional point of view where Hereward was the lead and you the reader was the devil on his shoulder Crusade the follow up decided to jump to a present tense narrative style one of the things I personally find most abhorrent about fiction and guaranteed to put me off This book the third in the series sees the third different narrative style employed again and it is this particular narrative style which sells this book shortThe approach he adopts for this book is a slightly farcical idea of an aging warrior having come to a monastry to tell his life story to a monk he trusted an idea that seems far of a gimmick than an interesting development as the monk comes across as entirely superfluous and redundant to the plotThe most annoying thing is that there are still glimmers of Binns undeniable talent for immersive battle scenes and believable characters but they are buried beneath such casual tepid narrative that you find yourself bored than enlivenedRather than feeling like an intriguing captivating chronicle of a man s life story this book reads like far of a generic and distinctly tepid lukewarm travelogue than a story you want to follow or characters you want to care aboutIf Binns had adopted the approach of following this story through in a narrative style akin to say Conn Iggulden or in the same manner as his first book this would have been a much enjoyable read though probably exposing the relatively bland subject matter and affairFrankly if you re new to the author you d be much much better advised to read Conuest then go find another author writing about the 12th century it s not like there s a shortageDisappointing dull and doing the author a disservice He should go back to the narrative style that suits him so well namely that in his first book and stop pissing about with experiments in gimmicks


About the Author: Stewart Binns

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic He then pursued several adventures including a stint at the BBC before settling into a career as a schoolteacher specializing in history Later in life a lucky break took him back to the BBC which was the beginning of a successful career in television He has won a BAFTA a Grierson an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries Stewart'



10 thoughts on “Anarchy Making of England #3

  1. says:

    One of the thing's that is beginning to increasingly annoy me about fiction historical fiction is particular is it seems to be getting harder

  2. says:

    Set out as uite a few books set in this period are by someone telling the story of someone else or someone telling their story to someone elseget over the initial groans and you’ve got a really good involving

  3. says:

    Anarchy by Stewart Binns is a powerfully told story through the eyes of a 12th century letter named Folio The tale he tel

  4. says:

    Harold of Hereford is a man born of history and will grow up with the destiny of England in his graspDescended from a line of Engli

  5. says:

    ReviewAnarchyIt’s such an apt name for the time period of this book and one I’m ashamed to know little aboutThis title by Stewart

  6. says:

    Great historical novel which gives a vivid account of 50 years in the life of knight and adventurer Harold of Hereford A definite page turner I felt drawn right into that world I already knew a bit about the cru

  7. says:

    Darn good yarn from Stewart BinnsHe's managed to cram just about every English hero from the middle ages into one story from Hereward the Wake to Robin Hood Damn good stuff Recommended if you like SaxonNormanCrusadesKnights in yer book

  8. says:

    A must read for all fans of historic novels

  9. says:

    don't get fooled by the title or the book cover it lacks the action it promised and felt inclined to discuss the romantic escapades of harold

  10. says:

    My least favourite of the Making of England series Lionheart was much better

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