Robert - The Wayward Prince: Book one: The Norman Prince Trilogy (Paperback)Austin Hernon (author)
Paperback 440 Pages / Published: 05/05/2015
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Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, is the eldest son of William the Conqueror yet the two men spend much of their lives at odds with each other. Robert's disdain for his cruel father's obsession with power and William's impatience with his son's lack of focus drive them apart, despite Robert inheriting the Conqueror's prowess for military strategy and his physical courage. Only Queen Matilda, wife of William and mother of Robert and his brothers, is able to keep peace between them. But King William isn't stupid. He looks to his son's attractiveness to women to create advantageous political alliances. So he isn't pleased when Robert, instead of making a match among the nobility, takes up with a blonde stable girl, Morberga, and presents her as his lady at court. But Robert won't be told where to love and is appalled when he finds his new sweetheart, the raven-haired, fiery horsewoman he thought he'd encountered by chance, is a Welsh princess placed in his way by William scheming for a united Wales. William is also quick to deploy Robert's talents both on the battlefield and in the diplomatic tent to ensure the security of his domains against Scottish King Malcolm. Perhaps William forgets that the king's son Edgar is a bosom pal of Robert's...and that Edgar has his own claim to the English throne. Impaired by his father's ambitions for a Norman empire stretching from Northumbria to Italy, Robert does his best to defend honour without compromising principles, and to appease his father without becoming his pawn. His friends and other relatives are a mixed blessing. In the murky world of medieval politics everyone is angling for themselves, and sometimes Roger de Belleme, uncle Bishop Odo and brother Henry are just as much a threat to Robert's safety as his enemies. This is a wide-ranging and carefully researched tale of love and war, empirical ambition and everyday life. It illuminates the life of a man whom history has ignored, a man who might - and should- have been king.
Publisher: Upfront Publishing
Number of pages: 440
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 36 mm
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