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  1. says:

    One of the thing's that is beginning to increasingly annoy me about fiction historical fiction is particular is it seems to be getting harder to find authors whose books start well and actually get better as you progress through a seriesBinns' first novel Conuest was in no short terms a fantastic immersive realistic and addictive read where the hero was fallible yet honourable That book was arguably one of the finest historical fiction books I've read in terms of having a long term memorable effect and resonanceTherefore when you read his subseuent books you can't help but be disappointedFor some unknown and hard to fathom reason Binns has decided to take the approach to never write two books with the same narrative styleConuest was written from a traditional point of view where Hereward was the lead and you the reader was the devil on his shoulder Crusade the follow up decided to jump to a present tense narrative style one of the things I personally find most abhorrent about fiction and guaranteed to put me off This book the third in the series sees the third different narrative style employed again and it is this particular narrative style which sells this book shortThe approach he adopts for this book is a slightly farcical idea of an aging warrior having come to a monastry to tell his life story to a monk he trusted; an idea that seems far of a gimmick than an interesting development as the monk comes across as entirely superfluous and redundant to the plotThe most annoying thing is that there are still glimmers of Binns' undeniable talent for immersive battle scenes and believable characters but they are buried beneath such casual tepid narrative that you find yourself bored than enlivenedRather than feeling like an intriguing captivating chronicle of a man's life story this book reads like far of a generic and distinctly tepid lukewarm travelogue than a story you want to follow or characters you want to care aboutIf Binns had adopted the approach of following this story through in a narrative style akin to say Conn Iggulden or in the same manner as his first book this would have been a much enjoyable read though probably exposing the relatively bland subject matter and affairFrankly if you're new to the author you'd be much much better advised to read Conuest then go find another author writing about the 12th century it's not like there's a shortageDisappointing dull and doing the author a disservice He should go back to the narrative style that suits him so well namely that in his first book and stop pissing about with experiments in gimmicks

  2. says:

    Set out as uite a few books set in this period are by someone telling the story of someone else or someone telling their story to someone elseget over the initial groans and you’ve got a really good involving interesting and evocative story Here it’s even a bit convoluted as the story teller is telling a story as it was told to him by Harold of Hereward in letters to his church friend high up in the Vatican However It continues and fits seamlessly after the previous book Crusade and I think may well turn out to be the best of the series though there’s only one to go Hereward’s descendants are still involved but of course as the story moves on there are fewer who actually knew him and his legend grows Though for all his multifarious exploits in foreign climes as told in these books and James Wilde’s books if you think about it his exploits never seem to have reached back to England There there is still mystery and intrigue surrounding him explained here and by James Wilde as the result of a pact made with King William to cease the resistance leave England and never come backI found no real fault in the uality of the writing but I can imagine uite a few aficionados will There’s a real fluid flow to the story a sense of purpose and no one can argue he doesn’t know his way around a story or how to tell it If you take the time to think about the story the people the times you could end up as me feeling uite affected by the concepts of loyalty to people and ideals that are expressed here I was very sad to finish the book As in there being a slight watering of the eyes that people gave their own futures for the futures of others and theres no surprise he is a former soldier and teacher has also written books on WWI and WWII People who put their own hopes and dreams to the side for the sake of other people Most poignant of all the link to Harold Hereward and what might have been on Senlac Hill if just five minutes had gone differently in 1066Say what you like about the writing the books they do inspire to maybe go find out about the periods If only to see if the people did really do all the things he has them doing Anyway uite apart from feeling proud that there were such men who called themselves Englishmen and were willing to lay down their lives or change their lives for the ideal of an England their children could be proud ofAll my reviews in one place? Why yes Speesh Reads

  3. says:

    Anarchy by Stewart Binns is a powerfully told story through the eyes of a 12th century letter named Folio The tale he tells is about a remarkable man named Harold of Hereford Of noble blood Harold is one of nine knights who founded the Knights Templar Harold is a savvy cunning and talented knight who throws his full support and loyalty behind Empress MatildaThe plot moves at a fast pace with plenty of intrigue conflict and well drawn out scenes that kept me flipping pages to learn what happens next The novel’s characters are portrayed humanly with all their faults and virtues making them very real in the reader’s eyes The author is exceptional at storytelling It is gripping and authentic while he expertly weaves in historical details pertaining to this period in England’s rich history Even Robert of Hode aka Robin Hood makes an appearance with great believabilityAlthough this is the third book in the Making of England series this book easily stands alone and it is not necessary to read the previous two novels But rest assured this book was so delicious of a read stunning a blockbuster of an adventure that I am eager to read the other two Stewart Binns is a talented author whose books read like a movie allowing the reader to deeply immerse themselves in the tale he tells Gripping real poignant this is a book not to miss One I highly recommend

  4. says:

    Harold of Hereford is a man born of history and will grow up with the destiny of England in his graspDescended from a line of English heroes who have all fought for English liberty from Norman rule he must learn the ways of a warrior if he is to continue the fightSent from England to hone his skills in the war torn Christian states of the Middle East Harold and his loyal retainer Eadmer first travel to Venice to enlist in the Doges Navy Tasked with helping defend Venice’s vast merchant fleet Harold must learn fast as pirates and the elements give him an education and experience he will never forgetHarold is then chosen top help escort the Doges sister Lady Livia to her husband to be Roger Regent of AntiochDisaster and misfortune dog the mission and Harold must use all of his new found experience to safely deliver Livia to her husband but a betrayal will leave him bitter and discharged from the Doges service Knighted by the Doge and with a reputation as a fighter Harold soon comes to the attention of a new fighting force in the Crusader statesAs a founder member of the Templers he is sent to England to raise money and recruit for them but he finds England in turmoilKing Henry is dead and the land is locked in a civil war between his chosen heir Empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen who has usurped the throneHarold is drawn to Matilda’s cause She may be the daughter of the Norman King Henry but in her runs the blood of English Saxon kings and she is the only hope for a fairer EnglandWith Harold as her Military adviser she sets of to win back her rightful throne but on the way her and Harold become lovers and Harold will influence the English monarchy in ways he could never of imagined This is the third book from Stewart Binns and one of the strengths of the previous books has been the character development and this continues with Harold of Hereford From a young man struggling to live up to his families past and successes he uses the almost constant state of warfare to learn his skills and grow as a person and goes from a inexperienced young solider to a battle hardened and tough captain of menA relatively unusual aspect of the book is the strong women characters From Harold’s Mother via the Venetian Princess Livia to the Empress Matilda they are strong dominant and they have a profound influence on Harold While he maybe inspired by the tales of this male relatives exploits its the women in his life who mold and make the manThis gives the book a much softer side to an often brutal and bloody period of history and really adds another dimension to the story We still get plenty of fighting and hacking scenes and the naval scenes in particular are very good so there is something for everyoneThis book is set in one of the most traumatic periods in European history with a state of constant small scale warfare between England and France Mediterranean city states vying for trade and a battle of survival in the Christian states in the Middle East Anarchy is an apt name for this bookThis book brings to life those turbulent times and populates it with a great cast of characters I can highly recommend this book

  5. says:

    ReviewAnarchyIt’s such an apt name for the time period of this book and one I’m ashamed to know little aboutThis title by Stewart Binns is something on the surface I should have found fault with should have picked holes in There is a certain amount of generality to the people the nations the time period The plot misses so much rich depth that could have been added to the time periodAnd yet none of this matters because the plot powers along at a wonderful pace the characters are real humble flawed and at the same time stylised in such a fashion that it appeals at a different level for me This series has for me been about a journey to find and explore the innate elements that make the British British What are the character building blocks that created the stiff upper lip the boys own childish delight in tinkering the genius for innovation the intrepid explorers and the do or die trying spirit When you break it down to Celts Saxons Danes Normans etc Mix all of this into a pot that is the uniue landscape and history of the country you get the BritishHarold of Herford is the latest incarnation the latest ingredient in the mix and all of it is done with power pace style and a little I believe humourThe Historical content to be honest I didn’t even give it a thought I’m sure there are many fictional elements in here driving the story against a flat background of real history But the power and charm of this book is the telling not the facts I will go an learn about this period and I expect there to be many differences At the same time this is about the mix the moral and the tale telling EG the introduction of Robert of Hode and William of Scarlette It Should have added an element of farce but instead added a great little side legend and the development of the Robin Hood legend and its possible tie to the Hereward legend The whole book was a pleasure to read and I think shows the authors talent in television how to engage with the audience and carry them on a journey with his cast of characters This book was devoured in a single sitting and went past so fast it left me missing the people involved and wondering what comes next and how long do I need to wait for me a sure sign of a really good readand a book can be a damn fine read whilst not being the best book everI have no issue recommending this very Highly as a splendid way to spend the dayParm

  6. says:

    Great historical novel which gives a vivid account of 50 years in the life of knight and adventurer Harold of Hereford A definite page turner I felt drawn right into that world I already knew a bit about the crusades the Knights Templar and some of the key events mentioned but I had no idea just how brutal and chaotic the civil war between Matilda and Stephen was – for everyone peasant or knight The book is told in a traditional literary way through letters and there’s clearly a huge amount of research gone in to it There are maps genealogies and a glossary for those who want on the actual history of the period 12th century

  7. says:

    Darn good yarn from Stewart BinnsHe's managed to cram just about every English hero from the middle ages into one story from Hereward the Wake to Robin Hood Damn good stuff Recommended if you like SaxonNormanCrusadesKnights in yer book

  8. says:

    A must read for all fans of historic novels

  9. says:

    don't get fooled by the title or the book cover it lacks the action it promised and felt inclined to discuss the romantic escapades of harold

  10. says:

    My least favourite of the Making of England series Lionheart was much better

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Anarchy is the knuckle whitening third novel in Stewart Binns' The Making of England seriesRuthless brutality greed and ambition the AnarchyThe year is 1186 the thirty second year of the reign of Henry IIGilbert Foliot Bishop of London has lived through long Henry's reign and that of his grandfather Henry I He has witnessed the terrifying civil war between He Set out as uite Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have year is 1186 the thirty second I Married a Billionaire (I Married a Billionaire year of the reign of Henry IIGilbert Foliot Bishop of London has lived through long Henry's reign and that of his grandfather Henry I He has witnessed the terrifying civil war between He Set out as uite

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G microcosm of the times Born of noble blood and legendary lineage he is one of the nine founders of the Knights Templar and a survivor of the fearsome battles of the Crusader States in the Holy LandHarold is loyal warrior in the cause of the Empress Matilda On his broad shoulders Harold carries the legacy of England's past and its dormant hopes for the futur A must read for