Henry I was the youngest son of William the Conueror and and third of the Norman line of kings He succeeded his brother William of the Norman line of kings He succeeded his brother William in 1100 Henry helped unite the Normans and Saxons of EnglandFollowing the first in the Norman Trilogy by one of the most prolific authors on English history Jean Plaidy to the corrupt and degenerate successor to William the Conueror William Rufus II who was killed in suspicious circumstances while hunting in the forest almost certainly an assassinationWilliam II became King in 1087 Lustful for power and openly homosexual he ruled with violence rather than strength The clergy denounced his brutality and his infringement on church rightsWilliams reign was covered by a power struggle with the Roman Catholic churchCovers the struggle between the sons of the Conueror William Henry and the struggle between the sons of the Conueror William Henry and and the life of Princess Edith daughter of the King of Scotland Malcolm and the Saxon Princess Margaret from her life in the abbey under the heel of her cruel aunt Abbot Christina her marriage to Henry after he became King and Henry s unfaithfulness with a host of mistresses his favourite being the sensual and well practiced Welsh princess NestaHenry loved the entle and pious Edith in a way but had partly married her to Designing for Magazines gain the favour of his Saxon subjectsDuring his reign Henry worked to restrain therowing power of the barons He promoted the Norman system of centralized rule and The Wild Side gave the royal courtsreat autonomy His wars against rebellious subjects in France helped start a feeling of English nationalismAs usual Plaidy provides a rippling narrative teaching us much of English history along the way and comprehensive and intelligent dialogue Although I don t feel this second instalment in the Norman series is in the same league as the first I do still rate it highly I think there re too many elements in The Lion of Justice which prevents this reader at least from being absorbed by say two or three key themes Perhaps the author would ve fared better to have focused on William II aka Rufus and his term as England s monarch rather than covering so wide a scope as certain plotlines feel rushed or underdevelopedOne storyline in particular I won t say which for fear of spoiling anything for people considering reading this novel felt anticlimactic For those who have read it I ll just state that I m referring to Nesta her cousin and Henry s later involvement A four book set rather than three would maybe have served better Either that or this novel should ve rather than three would maybe have served better Either that or this novel should ve extended by 100 pages or so It s also hard to False Start get to know the main characters with such a lot of co stars involvedIn short I consider this aood read that has not realised its full potential An excellent recounting of Henry I and Matilda I enjoyed their story and loved learning about their lives A Tombland great historical fiction book If I moing to judge this novel based on the first in the trilogy The Bastard King then it. The death of the Conueror left three sons to inherit his power and his wealth Normandy for Robert England for Rufus and for Henry the youngest five thousand pounds of. Ely interchangeable to him One being very much like another Did I like it It wasn t so much a matter of liking or not liking I found it uite readable I often found Henry infuriating and I suppose I thought a lot of conversations to Matilda "not that she could hear me I am lad I read on in the series This is not the first "that she could hear me I am lad I read on in the series This is not the first I read this book Something about it made me keep itI know what it is as I used to be very romantic in my younger years and I hoped Henry would love Edith Atheling as much as she loved him and abandon Nesta of Rys MarWell I m not as romantic nowThis is basically the story of Henry Beauclerc the youngest son of William the Conueror Henry was the one who should have been landless and without a title if fate hadn t worked in his favorOn his death bed the Conueror told him he would have all that his brothers had After the death of his oldest son Richard The Conueror had made of William Rufus his heir to the throne of England and his other son Robert Mathilda of Flanders favorite the heir to the Duchy of NormandyRufus a pederast wasn t well liked by his subjects as he kept taxing them and flaunting to them his lifestyle As for Robert he had none of the ood sense of the Conueror to rule properly over Normandy let alone EnglandWhen Rufus died in a hunting accident Robert was at the Crusades and Henry hurried to claim the throne of EnglandIn spite of having had numerous bastards with Nesta of Rys Mar princess of Wales and of even of EnglandIn spite of having had numerous bastards with Nesta of Rys Mar princess of Wales and of even strong feelings for her he didn t find her worthy enough to become his ueenHe had already met Edith Atheling at an abbey when his nephew William Warren Earl of Surrey went to court her Henry found her fair pretty and although not as passionately taken by her he made her his ueenHe made her change her name to that of Mathilda and they had 2 children the fierce and strong willed Mathilda who at the age of 12 became empress of Germany and William who would drown along with 2 of Henry s illegitimate children with NestaHenry fought with his brother Robert for Normandy which he also wanted to rid of Henry of Bell mes a monster who would torture his subjectWhile away fighting for Normandy Henry lost Mathilda who at the age of 40 died Soon after 3 of his children the first one William his heir to the throne and his 2 illegitimate children Mathilda Countess of Perce and Richard also drownedWhen the book ended Henry was thinking of remarrying and etting sons and daughtersThis time I m not holding on to this book This was a very ood book It is the first Plaidy that I have read I love historical fiction but read recent novels I liked her style and will read of her books I will definitely read the other 2 books in this trilogy Plaidy made characters from the 1100s tangible though I did not like the Lion himself However she probably represented him fairly accurately or as accurately as an author can research represent a person who lived 900 years ago. Rverse sexuality and contempt for the churchAnd Henry cleverest of all awaited his chance to fulfill his father's prophecy and assume the mantle of The Lion of Justice.
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