The Heart Of The Conqueror is historical fiction set against the lead up to the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings. It is the first book in The Chronicles of Matilda, Lady of Flanders series. The story begins in 1049, when we first meet Matilda, who is the daughter of the Count of Flanders. Matilda later marries William the Conqueror.
This is a complex time of power struggles, alliances and warfare and the author does a good job of weaving the difficult history lessons with less intense details of everyday life. Many of us know about the Battle of Hastings, but few know about the period which led to this, or much about William’s own family. We’re shown that Matilda is a strong, powerful woman who believes in William and his right to the English throne. She supports him all the…
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