[Review] 1066: What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway

Title: 1066: What Fates Impose
Author: G.K. Holloway
Publisher: Troubador Publishing January 2, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction, England, Norman French, Battle of Hastings, Edward the Confessor, Earl of Wessex, Harold Godwin, Godwin family, 1066, Kings and Queens of England.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 456
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, and Troubador Publishing, in exchange for a review.

Time period from 1045 to 1066, with a brief chapter in 1087.
Edward the Confessor, King of England, married Edith, the daughter of Godwin, Earl of Wessex. Their marriage did not provide an heir, and the state of who will succeed Edward, brings an unsettling and perilous period for England.
Earl Godwin (sometimes spelled Godwine) was a thorn in Edward's thin-skinned side. Godwin was a man of action. Edward was a man of piety. Godwin had a large family consisting of several able-bodied sons. Edward was without children.
Godwin's son Harold, appears capable to rule England, but the "stars" seem to be against him.
Across the channel is a calculating and hot-tempered man, William of Normandy. William is counting the days, until he will slice through with a heavy sword, conquering England, to sit on its throne.

My Thoughts:
It was on April 9th that I reviewed the book, Edward the Confessor, King of England by Peter Rex. 

I feel Holloway has written a splendid story for several reasons.
1. It's hard to lay the book down and walk away without wanting to pick the book back up and read another page.
2. The characters are vivid and dramatic. From the icy, contentious, and controlling Emma (the mother of Edward the Confessor). To the pugnacious, arrogant, and haughty William of Normandy. All the characters are descriptive and dimensional. The author shows me what they are really like, including the recesses of their hearts, by their mannerisms, expressions, tone of voice, or gleam in their eyes.
3. The love-scene between Harold and Edyth is sensuous and graceful. So often a sex scene, or love scene, is more like a reckless and awkward game.
4. When William the Conqueror began his havoc in England, including the Battle of Hastings, I was left with a strong memorable image. My ancestors lived or died during this period, it gave me pause for thought.
5. The people engaged in wanting to bring William of Normandy to the throne are as villainous as he is, except it was William who became infamous.

I want to point out, 1066: What Fates Impose is a work of historical fiction, and the author is in control of his interpretation of the historical events and its people. Historical fiction is meant to be a story which draws the reader into its world, and 1066: What Fates Impose has accomplished this.

In conclusion:
Edward the Confessor, the King of England, was known to be pious, to what extent we do not know. Norman historians twisted Edward's humanity and legacy for their benefit. 1066: What Fates Impose, depicts Edward as an imbecile, unable to enact as a king, and further he is unable to be aroused or perform sexually as a man. On the opposing side is the masculine and virile Harold Godwin, as well as the potent William the Conqueror.
Godwin, Earl of Wessex, is a powerful man, but was he an honorable person or dishonorable. In 1066: What Fates Impose, the Godwin family is a strong feature of the story. In addition, I feel the author used a heavy hand to show them in a more positive light.
The place where Harold died. 

Author Bio:
I have been interested in history since I was a boy, which I suppose explains why, when I came across a degree course in History and Politics at Coventry University that looked tailor made for me, I applied right away.
In my first year at Coventry I lived in the halls of residence within a stone’s throw of the Leofric Hotel. In the opposite direction, just a short walk from my halls, is the bell tower that houses a clock, which when its bell chimes the hour, produces a half size model of naked Lady Godiva riding a horse for the titillation of tourists. Above her, Peeping Tom leans out of a window for a better view. In all of the three years I was there, it never once occurred to me that I would one day write a book featuring Earl Leofric and his famous wife, as key players.
After graduating I spent a year in Canada before I returned to England to train as a Careers Officer in Bristol. Later, I lived and worked in Gloucestershire as a Careers Officer and then in Adult Education as an Education Guidance worker.
After I met my wife, I moved back to Bristol to live and I worked at Bath Spa University as a Student Welfare Officer for a number of years. It was about this time I read a biography about King Harold II which fascinated me so much I read more and more about the man and the times. I found the whole pre-conquest period of England so interesting I couldn't understand why no one had written a novel about it. So, I decided to write one myself. Now, after many years of study and time spent over a hot keyboard, I have finally produced that novel.
1066: What Fates Impose is the result of all that study and hard work and is the first book I've written. I am now working on a sequel.

Links to purchase the book:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Book Depository
Troubador Publishing

Book Tour: http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/1066whatfatesimposetourandbookblast
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Book Blast at Kincavel Korner
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Book Blast at Passages to the Past
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Review at Svetlana’s Reviews and Views
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Review at Flashlight Commentary
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Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
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Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
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Review at Impressions in Ink
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Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
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Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
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