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  1. 9 25 17 Adding quoting the book jacket The dark, bloody, voluptuous ground of eleventh century England and Normandy was no place for the timid and weak To make his way, a young nobleman needed strength, courage, charm, and, not least, raw ambition Walter Tirel had all of these It was a time of change William the Conqueror, for so long ruler of much of France and finally of England had three ambitious sons Robert Curthose, the eldest and heir, William Rufus, and the crafty Henry At first, in the [...]

  2. Walter Tirel, who killed William Rufus accident on purpose we do not know This novel covers his life from boyhood, as a squire, then knight until he joins with William Rufus There is a sequel The Wolf Time which continues Walter s story, which I intend to read One of the best books on knights I ve ever read Author is strong in his battles, especially with cavalry Well written.

  3. Enjoyable historical fiction set in the eleventh century Shipway goes the extra league to incorporate the vocabulary and events of the period Meticulously researched details of chivalry and warfare His storytelling draws the reader right into the action.Unfortunately too much study and reading of history sometimes spoils the fun of what might otherwise be an enjoyable story In this case, the reader detects so many historical anachronisms that it is as if this is an alternate history, rather than [...]

  4. England at the end of the reign of William of Normandy the end of the eleventh century It s an era that doesn t seem to inspire novelists Cecilia Holland s The Firedrake ends in 1066 her The Earl begins in the 1150s The reigns of William II and Henry I are sadly overlooked by novelists Shipway s The Paladin offers up England beginning with the Conqueror s death and the accession of Red William, William II His hero is Walter Tirel, the knight whom we know will one day put a crossbow bolt by accid [...]

  5. You d better give some thought to your future What are you going to do This novel, by George Shipway, is a fictionalised account of the early part of Walter Tirel s life Walter Tirel is generally credited or blamed for the death of King William II William Rufus in the New Forest in England in 1100 But I m getting ahead of myself.Who was Walter Tirel Where did he come from Little is known about the life of Walter Tirel In this novel, young Walter of Poix grows up in Normandy at the abbey of Evreu [...]

  6. Struggled through, although it ended quite well I was quite bored through this book I m afraid, no second book for me

  7. Outstanding writing, intriguing This is the first of George Shipway s books that I ve read, but I definitely look forward to his other historical fictions This story is well developed with fully developed, multi layered characters This was a horrendous period of time in our history so even the most honorable men, just as Walter Tirel had to have a ruthless side in order to survive That duplicity helped to make this an intriguing, fast paced, and even educational novel.

  8. I enjoyed Shipway s descriptions of the castles and the life inside them The period immediately after the Norman Conquest is often overlooked by novelists, and I find it extremely interesting I will definitely continue with this trilogy.

  9. Well written and an interesting period Also an interesting character to concentrate on, as he is mainly known for his part in the death of William Rufus

  10. Would adjust to 3.5 stars.This is a nice example of filling in medieval history s slight glimpses into a person whose sole known contribution to the world was being the only suspect in the apparent murder of King William Rufus This volume stops well short of that incident, presumably held for the second of the two volumes.Warning This is a brutally realistic book at the conditions 11th century Europeans endured, showing that while nobility treated its serfs with complete indifference, it slaught [...]

  11. Ramblings of intrigue and medieval warfare.I couldn t wait to read this book because of glowing reviews Once started I couldn t wait for it to get interesting The middle chapters were steeped in the author s attempts to introduce his knowledge of esoteric dictionary words To name a few entrails, metheglin, mesnie, tryos, and fustian After a few chapters spattered with this distraction, I discerned it wasn t going to get interesting for me and it didn t I guess I m just not interested in fantasy [...]

  12. Having an eager interest in all things William Rufus, I was glad to find and read this book.More realistic to the time period than many, it still uses a lot of creative license and less fact than I d have liked The ending is better than the beginning led me to believe But while we don t see enough of Will Rou, this book does not end with his inevitable hunting trip, that will no doubt be book two.Good to have read, but for others looking for Rufus, I d recommend Flambard s Confession.

  13. It is interesting and the use of the terminology of the time adds flavor but I found that I had to look up the terms often Still watching Walter grow and become enmeshed with court politics was interesting enoughIt is interesting and the use of the terminology of the time adds flavor but I found that I had to look up the terms often Still watching Walter grow and become enmeshed with court politics was interesting enough

  14. Good book, was a bit hard to get into in the beginning because of the terms used and the names of all the characters which quite often were very similar But soon enough, the story shone through and was very interesting Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series by George Shipway

  15. Interesting StoryLots of action and good description The nobility of France and England are laid bare with their positive and negative aspects shown Good descriptions and good dialogue The plot and point of view is well written.

  16. EnjoyableWalter is a strange man with a full measure of both good and bad His training is brutal as were the times, but he clung to his honor as if it was a floating plank after a shipwreck How bitter is the pill when innocence is what Isobel destroys.

  17. InterestingA different look at the world of knighthood Probably realistic than most stories that I have read in the past.

  18. Excellent This was one of the best stories of knighthood from my youth I am happy to see it has passed the test of time and is still a a rousing tale Bravo.

  19. I enjoyed the language of the book The story was interesting, but the pace was slow and hard to follow at times.

  20. This book lives up to its rating Great story It really provides the feel for the era, the brutality, harshness.

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