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eBook The Conqueror (Isis General Fiction) epub
  • ISBN: 0753180456
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Isis Large Print; Large Print edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 552 pages
  • ePUB size: 1628 kb
  • FB2 size 1148 kb
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The conqueror, Georgette Heyer. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1355-7

The conqueror, Georgette Heyer. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1355-7. ISBN-10: 1-4022-1355-7. 1. William I, King of England, 1027 or 8-1087-Fiction. The hum of chatter, and the noise of the horses’ hooves, the occasional sharp sound of a voice raised above the general hubbub still continued in the market-place, but it had grown less with the sinking of the sun, and would soon cease altogether. Peasants from outlying villages were departing already from Falaise to reach home in the safe daylight; the chapmen were packing their bundles; and a stream of mules and sumpters was wending its way under the window towards the gates of the town.

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Georgette Heyer (1902–1974) was an English author particularly known for her historical romance novels set in the Regency and Georgian eras. A best-selling author, Heyer's writing career saw her produce works from a variety of genres; in total she published 32 novels in the romance genre, 6 historical novels, 4 contemporary novels, and 12 in the detective fiction genre.

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One aspect of why I love historical fiction is the educational factor.

The Conqueror is one of six historical novels written by Georgette Heyer, who is best known for her Regency Romances, and if this is an indication of the other five - then sign me up! Heyer brings us back to 11th Century Normandy and introduces us to William, Duke of Normandy, (. William the Bastard) through the eyes of Raoul de Harcourt - a knight in Duke William's retinue. One aspect of why I love historical fiction is the educational factor.

General & literary fiction. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire t. " Katie Fforde

General & literary fiction. " Katie Fforde. 'My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, who made the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

William the Bastard, base-born son of the Duke of Normandy, must fight the King of France to regain his Duchy. Spurned in love by the lovely Princess Matilda, the fighting Duke dares to take a whip to her in her own father's palace, before making her his bride. Thwarted by the Saxon Earl, Harold, of a promise of the throne of England, William the Conqueror sails to Hastings to claim the King's crown and sceptre for his own.
Comments: (7)
Beauvallet is set in 1586 during the reign of Elizabeth I. This is just one way it differs from Heyer's usual Regency era tales, another being that it's about a hero traveling into enemy territory to claim his love.

Having won a sea battle with a Spanish galleon, Sir Nicholas Beauvallet finds that Don Manuel de Rada y Sylva, the late governor of Santiago, is aboard with his daughter Dona Dominica. Don Manuel is ailing and if he goes with the vanquished Spanish crew on the long boat, he may have to wait months for another ship to take him to Spain, so Nicholas promises that he will deliver the two there himself. En route he falls for the feisty and independent-minded Dominica, who is initially aloof but gradually comes to love him as well. When Nick pledges that he will come into Spain before the year is out in order to claim her, she wants to believe him but doubts that even Mad Nicholas would be mad enough to do such a thing.

Nick can seem boastful but I see it more as certainty and confidence in his own abilities - he has never failed to achieve whatever feat he set out to accomplish. His self-confidence is hardly surprising, he learned his craft from Sir Francis Drake as part of that noteworthy's expedition around the world and he's had many successful ventures of his own since then. He's obviously brave, he's skilled with a sword and fluent in a number of languages. But more than that, he's audacious and can think on his feet. He's a master at using deception and charm to lull his opponents into complacency and then seizing on whatever opportunities present themselves. His men trust his "madness" because it has been profitable for them and they know from experience that he will never lead them into disaster. As his ship's Master says, he is "bird-eyed for opportunity, and blind to danger, and he laughs his way out of every peril..." He dares. And he succeeds because, like the deceptions achieved by Robin and Prue in the Masqueraders and Kit in False Colors, what Nick does is unexpected and so it's unlooked for.

Dominica took a little warming to because she was so obviously drawn to Nick even while she was still giving him the cold shoulder. Some of this was no doubt pride but some of it was circumspection, as when she replied in the negative when her father asked her opinion of Beauvallet, remembering how eager she had always been to hear of his exploits. She is in a pitiable position: having grown up in the relative freedom of Santiago's more relaxed social customs, her independent spirit will find no welcome in Spain where stifling rules and etiquette prevail for women. Even more dangerous are the Lutheran leanings she has secretly acquired, which place her at mortal risk should they become known in Spain where the Inquisition is in full swing.

To secure the fake papers he'll need to travel into Spain Nick seeks the aid of a distant French cousin, an old friend who accompanied Nick on his European ramblings in younger years. Nick gets what he needs but his typical good fortune leads him to something even better - after besting a Frenchman who was trying to steal his horse near the Spanish frontier, he discovers the man was the Chevalier de Guise, a courier for the powerful de Guise family who carries a secret, encrypted message to King Phillip in Spain. Nick doesn't hesitate to adopt the identity, papers and mission of the dead man, and they're off!

Dominica shows her own mettle and wits in holding off her ruthless aunt and guardian, who plans to marry her son to Dominica's extensive fortune, but her despair and feeling of aloneness are almost palpable before Nick shows up. At the same time, her fears about actually placing her life and future into Nick's hands and taking that irreversible plunge into a strange new world are realistic and understandable.

Nick and Dominica have some nail-biting adventures, alone and together, before their final nick-of-time escape. An entertaining tale from start to finish, with Nick's enterprising servant Joshua Dimmock providing invaluable support and Joshua's running commentary on his and Mad Nick's antics providing comic relief.
Set in 1586 in England, France and (mostly) Spain and the waters off their coasts, this is an early work of the classic author, Georgette Heyer, a swashbuckler with an English aristocrat, Sir Nicholas Beauvallet. “Mad Nicholas” prefers sailing his ship and troubling the Spanish galleons to enjoying the wealth he has gained and the family estate in England.

On one of his excursions, Nick captures a Spanish galleon carrying Doña Dominica de Rada y Sylvan, a young maiden returning to Spain with her ailing father. Instantly he is in love with Dominica, who is quite a brat at first, and vows to return her and her father to Spain. But Nick tells Dominica he will reclaim her within a year. She protests but is secretly thrilled. The man to whom her aunt would wed Dominica is loathsome to her.

Nick was well loved in England. Queen Elizabeth adored him and his friends included many notables, such as Sir Francis Drake. But to his enemies, he was the "Scourge of Spain".

This story is all about the hero and his noble (and quite funny) valet, Joshua. Though Nick is quite full of himself, he is charming in his conceit, and apparently, his conceit is justified.

Enjoyable romp with Heyer’s unusual witty banter.
I trusted Heyer to write a great novel, with terrific characters and a moving plot. Initially, I was skeptical since the book is set in the 11th century, but Heyer is a fantastic author! The book contains a lot of characters, making it tough to always keep them straight, but it's well worth the read. The two main characters, Raoul and William, offer such depth of personality (leadership, friendship, decision-making, trust) that I can't praise the book enough! The book is heavy in violence as it describes several war experiences. It also contains the interesting courtship of both William's and Raoul's wives.
This is one of Heyer's earliest books. The language is very dense and true to the Elizabethan period, and thus somewhat more difficult to read than her later pure romances. I always wonder what Heyer had read to be able to pick up the period colloquialisms and speech rhythms so well? Certainly Shakespeare and other playwrights of the period, but I think she must have had access to other works, too. I enjoyed Beauvallet but it was a bit of a slog.
Written around 1926, Heyer was still finding her feet as a writer. This is one of the only books she wrote in a first-person POV, and the somewhat Sancho Panza-esque manservant who relates the tale is arguably more interesting than either hero or heroine. Set in Spain during the Elizabethan era, it should be more engaging than it is, but most of the secondary characters do not show the depth that Heyer was famous for in later years. Beauvallet is a swash-buckling Englishman who falls for a Spanish girl, but the girl's family have designs on her fortune and are keeping a beady watch on this cash cow. As in every true romance, the pair overcome close calls, assorted perils, and many obstacles before finding their happy-ever-after. Interestingly, one of the few duds Heyer ever wrote, Simon the Coldheart, featured an ancestor of Beauvallet. That one is set a few hundred years prior to this one. There is just enough humor to make this worth reading, and no Heyer devotee should deprive herself of it, but this does not shine in comparison to such gems as The Masqueraders, written a year before.
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