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Post by DianeL » Mon June 10th, 2013, 11:22 pm

Not about the Conqueror, but A Memory of Lions is my absolute favorite piece of historical fiction, and the writing I aspire to. Centered on a minor nobleman building his new English holdings, it is set a few years post-Hastings, and is a great story of political oppression, the scars of war, passion, family, honor, hideous violence ... and change. The characters here, all of them, are gripping. Please don't let the cover fool you into thinking it's a Harlequin romance. This writing has blood pumping in its veins.

I kind of just a tiny bit adore the hell out of it.
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Post by annis » Tue June 11th, 2013, 12:37 am

Posted by DianeL
Not about the Conqueror, but A Memory of Lions is my absolute favorite piece of historical fiction, and the writing I aspire to.
I love Parke Godwin! Lord of Sunset, Memory of Lions, Sherwood/Robin and the King and Firelord are my faves. His take on Beowulf is also excellent - The Tower of Beowulf.

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Post by Nefret » Tue June 11th, 2013, 12:39 am

^ I have three of those books.
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Post by Misfit » Tue June 11th, 2013, 12:53 am

[quote=""DianeL""]Not about the Conqueror, but A Memory of Lions is my absolute favorite piece of historical fiction, and the writing I aspire to. Centered on a minor nobleman building his new English holdings, it is set a few years post-Hastings, and is a great story of political oppression, the scars of war, passion, family, honor, hideous violence ... and change. The characters here, all of them, are gripping. Please don't let the cover fool you into thinking it's a Harlequin romance. This writing has blood pumping in its veins.

I kind of just a tiny bit adore the hell out of it.[/quote]

I loved that book! And it's on my keeper shelf.
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Post by DianeL » Tue June 11th, 2013, 1:05 am

Like I didn't love it here enough, now I dig *y'all* even more. Godwin is seriously my ultimate. (At the Amazon link, you might recognize one of those reviewers.) He was just incredible.

In his non historicals, has anyone read "Waiting for the Galactic Bus" and/or "The Snake Oil WARS" ... ?

Eep - thread drifting. Ignore me!
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Post by Misfit » Tue June 11th, 2013, 2:12 am

Now that you mention Godwin, his book on Harold (Lord of Sunset??), has parts of the narrative from William's POV IIRC. That one didn't rock my boat, but still worth checking out.
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Post by catlvr14 » Tue June 11th, 2013, 3:49 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Is that the Norman trilogy? Prequel to the Plantagenet series?[/quote]

Yes...Here are the books. Norman Trilogy (The Bastard King, The Lion of Justice, The Passionate Enemies) I got them from the library.

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Post by DianeL » Fri June 21st, 2013, 6:11 pm

Since we were just talking about Parke Godwin, thought I would say rest in peace.
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Post by Chiliarch » Tue July 2nd, 2013, 7:59 am

I think Maureen Peter's Dragon and the Rose is about William
I have not been able to find any description of this novel. Does anyone know whether it really is about William?

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Post by Mythica » Tue July 2nd, 2013, 9:04 am

[quote=""Chiliarch""]I have not been able to find any description of this novel. Does anyone know whether it really is about William?[/quote]

I couldn't find one either, which is why I was unsure. The only suggestion that it's about him is someone on Goodreads tagged it as William the Conqueror and Matilda. If you're a member at GR, you could send the user a private message and ask.

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