Stewart Binns: Conuest Making of England #1



Is The Norman Conuest non iction look at the people who brought you 1066 and all that mentions Hereward several times and provides a good look at all the Kasihku Abadi facts theew there are about him as well as mentioning some of the speculative stories Whether you come Ritchie County in history and romance from other books to Marc s book or gorom there to other Herward stories you can see that amongst others the two James do at least touch base with what is known As does Stewart Binns here However and perhaps even than James Wilde at least until I ve slapped some peepers on 4 The Wolves of New Rome he picks up the Hereward ball and runs than a little urther with it Wilde and Binns both seem to agree on Hereward s struggle with his anger issues but they solve them in different ways I don t think James Wilde has his Hereward at Senlac Hill nor does James Aitcheson Their Herewards only really come ront of stage in the period after Hastings I think both Binns and Wilde are also implying that Hereward real person or not is possibly the source Savage Salvation for the later development of the Robin Hood myth Something that possibly Robert Holdstock might like to comment on if he hasn t already done so and uite honestly after struggling through the stream of consciousness nonsense that was most of Gate of Horn Gate of Ivory Iinally let him go his own way in a Mythago Wood novel I don t knowThe story begins perhaps surprisingly in the mountains of Greece To where the heir to the Eastern Roman Empire travels in search of enlightenment Japan, France, and East-West Aesthetics from a legendary old warrior now turned hermit Turns out the old warrior knew the Prince sather I Could Pee on This foughtor him in the Varangian Guard The warrior is now 82 but instead of giving the Prince the One to Ten of what to do tells him a story Louis Riel from which he can draw his own lessonsrom It is the warrior s life storyYou ve guessed by this point that the old hermit is Hereward though he does seem to have the name Godwin Freaky Facts about Spiders for some reason He begins telling his storyrom his wild childhood days through his rebellious youth to adulthood and maturity through many of the period s historic milestones his lifespan has encompassed He was of course at Hastings and tried to rally the English O Doido e a Morte forces thereafter but had to in the end leave and travel abroadThere are several nice touches Here Hereward has to persuade a reluctant Harold to take the throne Where Harold actually sympathises with Edward s position and therefore William s claims You can see with some of the incidents that go on in Harold and Hereward s time in Normandy where some of the tactics they would later use against William comerom The Rude Buay Trilogy for instance There doesn t seem to be any evidenceor any of the above though if I remember rightly James Wilde does have Hereward on the continent before Hastings Here Edward on his deathbed makes Harold his successor Again Kaylees Keeper (Masters of the Castle, found in other books and history After the rebellion dies out Hereward agrees to go abroad James Wilde has his Hereward meeting William but only after the battle Morris says there is a legend that they met to save Englandrom urther turmoil and anguish at William s hands but that could be blamed on Hereward As a whirlwind tour of the period s hotspots and big names in Britain and the rest of Europe it is undoubtably a great read Some of the people he meets may be stretching it a little but then I don t know enough about or instance Spanish Awoken (Viridian Saga, folk law to comment with any certainty In that respect it read a little like Tim Severin s Viking trilogy just crammed into one book Severin has one Viking journeying to all the places associated with the Vikings history meeting most of the big players and generally living theullest life imaginable another excellent readguilty pleasure if you re one of the costumes and corset Ancient and Medieval Historical Fiction lilly livers elsewhere on Goodreads Maybe this is like that but on steroids having to pack it all into one book and all And it can Taking Flight feel a bit mechanicalor that Like he had to check all the names and places of his list and he was damned if he wasn t going to get them all in The stuff about a mystical talisman too I could have done without Never liked I Am a Teamster fantasy elements creeping in to what essentially wants to be read like a true story Takes it all on a bit of a seers and sages trip It s better when it has even its tenuous grip on reality But people of the time believed in all that and the One God to rule them all hadn t replaced the touching of wood to askor the help of the spirit who lived in that wood still hasn t really has itSo it gets a solid three stars Heartlands from me However it gets aourth star solely Alan Ford (Superstrip Alan Ford Trobroj for mentioning on several occasions starting on page 385 the Bishop of Aarhus Why Well that s the town in Denmark where I now live Cool eh It is Scandinavian s oldest town I read today though in Viking times was called Aros However I haven t checked when the name changed so I can t call young Stewart B on it Not that anyone would know where a town called Aros washmmnot that namy people know where Aarhus is so much of a muchnessLeave your ego at theront cover and enjoy a good romping read I or one will certainly be getting hold of the next in what I think is a trilogy These sort of things usually areOh yeah read the dedication at the start A very interesting uite possibly uniue sentiment I ve not come across its like before Proves his heart s in the right place whatever you think of the rest of the book It is 1066 and England is about to undergo the most cataclysmic change of history since the arrival of the Roman legions On one side the last Saxon king Harold II On the other side William Duke of Normandy William the Bastard William the Conueror The story is recreated on the Bayeux Tapestry which despite being a pro English piece of propaganda sites in a museum in Normandy Harold would be killed at that battle and England would once again be ruled by those of Norse descent The period of Norman Conuest would see a time of bloody battles but also an immense building programme of castles towns and cities andIn the middle of the two men is a third Hereward th. Of thousands have been spent including that of King Harold But England will not be conuered easily the Anglo Saxons will not submit meekly to Norman ruleAlthough his heroic deeds will nearly be lost to legend

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This novel has a magnificent cover After that it is a massive disappointment Historically little is known of the outlawed resistance leader Hereward and so there is a lot of latitude to develop his character We know that the man was aggressive enough in his youth to merit outlawry and exile rom Anglo Saxon England and we know he returned as a man to lead a revolt against William the Conueror with considerable skill cunning and determination Binns however transforms Hereward into a ditherer who could never have earned the respect of warriors much less his readers Despite having done nothing in the text of the novel to earn anyone s respect somehow every great leader in Europe William himself El Cid MacBeth God knows who else vie to earn his respect and his service while Hereward waits Maines Visible Black History for signsrom magic amulets to let him know if he stumbles onto anyone worthy of commanding his allegiance Ugh If you want to read a good version of Hereward s storyI recommend you read the trilogy by Marcus Pitcaithly instead SPOILER FREEI virtually never leave reviews Jane Does Return for books here but in this case Ieel I have to justify listing this one as read where in Die Geschichte der Indianer Nordamerikas fact I slogged 100 pages in over a period of aew weeks of apathetic reading and then abandoned it on the train may it ind a happier reader I have back buttoned on a ew tremendously crappy stories before but I think this might be the Beyond the Mist first case in which I ve abandoned a physical book like this other than obligatory school reading See I enjoy properly terribleiction stuff that really scrapes the barrel And I like historical Phemes Regret fiction or even historicalantasy but the problem Pocket Guide to Scottish Words for me with Conuest is that it somehow hits the wrong tone on every single note See I can read longer better nuanced and originaliction or ree on the internet and the online community has evolved to a place now where it is almost rare to meet a genuine Mary Sue in the Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story flesh But Hereward in this novel is exactly that It s actually difficult to define what exactly is solawed with the text but at a minimum there is a Ο ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 failureollow any show don t tell rules and you get wads of this history book 101 exposition that takes all of the teeth out of the drama Moreover in this day and age there are ways to package up historical objectification of women or other ineuality that rings true to the era portrayed yet Conuest uses all but the main character cheaply while neglecting to give Hereward any real depth either so The Probability Pad for me it was just plain uncomfortable to read I suppose the book is 6 years old now but even so 2011 was hardly a spit ago while this reads like something written in Different Times I thinkor me the main issue is this Calendula feels like a very surface level story It tells you a lot about action but not a lot about people and that s not really enoughor me Hereward s ultimate glory is a given even when the story is trying to show you he is growing and so you don t get any real sense of actual progress He s impressive because the blank verse tells you so but there s no evidence and so it s difficult to grasp why everyone else in the story is convinced The villains are shallow and the women Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, fall around the story convenient but needlessly naked purveyors of motivation and McGuffins At least they are in theirst 100 pages but there s nothing really nothing to convince me it gets better Megaman Battle Network 3 White and Blue Official Strategy Guide further in More to the point why should I have to persevereor better It should be good rom the start bad enough to be unny or at least just tolerably average I don t know what this is but there s a copy rattling around the Jubilee line or ree if you want it Sadly this book has a lot of good plots and interesting characters Harold Godwinson Harald Hardarada William Duke of Normandy El Sid and and covers many years worth of history Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems from different countries that the author Stewart Binns really should have slowed the pace downocused on a Sybil few key moments and maybe made this one book into a trilogy at leastThe side effect of cramming so much into one set of book covers made everything seem rather rushed all the events tended to be almost glimpsted by the reader the narrator never giving them a chance to settle to experience what the characters were experiencing in such turbulent years This too also made some events either seem a bit out of place or maybe too set up in order to drag the reader along to the next big event of the characters life and so the reader can never really connect to theull dramaticness of each event occuring just a mere acceptance is reuired A lot of this is signalled by the narrator accounting a lot of stuff in brief details we never get to encounter many of the great battles this portrayal of Hereward experienced in southern Spain or Normandy let alone his peaceful time spent living in Dublin with his new A Womans Guide to Fasting friends and lover Torfida etc even the great battles of 1066 were over within a chapter or twoUnfortunately I have recentlyinished another book Hermann Zapf and His Design Philosophy focusing on the mysterious character of Hereward the Wake and it does exactly what Stewart Binns should have doneocued on a I Know Who You Are few select years aew key events not travelled so much across the globe and spent enough time showing the reader the depth of the characters lives and the world they lived in I prefered Jame s Wilde s version to this one This is probably going to be seen as a guilty pleasure and I have glanced at reviews which would suggest it is uite possibly not all that cool to say a bit like admitting to thinking The Da Vinci Code was one hell of a rollicking good and enjoyable read which is was you know it but I thoroughly enjoyed this one Yes I can see what is wrong with it but as a whole it holds together nicely and with a relatively unobtrusive style and is an all round rattling good taleOf course I ve come across Hereward a Spring Girl fairew times Several recent book series have Menerjang Batas featured the 11th Century Fenland Terror James Aitcheson has had him in his tale James Wilde has written three soon to beour excellent novels based on him and his exploits real or imagined The brilliant Marc Morris in 1066 Senlac Ridge England William the Bastard Duke of Normandy defeats Harold Godwinson King Harold II of England in what will become known as the Battle of HastingsThe battle is hard ought and bloody the lives.

E Bou While I was reading this I was constantly telling myself to hold on that little bit urther just keep on going it will pick up but it didn t The whole book No Apology Necessary felt very naive at least that s how I would describe it Naive and simple I wanted to like this a lot simply because it was about a real life man Hereward who I had never heard of before and I wanted to know about him and his life I mean it was as if I had discovered another British hero to stand up with William Wallace Llewellyn ap Gruffydd Alfred the Great a possible King Arthur a possible Robin Hood you know a real life hero However it was done poorly The conversation was stilted and ludicrous the observations pathetic and the chapters could have been separate stories Then his writing style didn t let you become attached to the characterseel their The Secret World of Fluffy Ratbag fear love desperation anything It was if someone was giving the bare bonedacts of his life in a slightly storytelling way It was obvious that this manauthor was a university lecturer Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) first and a writer second it was not good writing Then there was the infallibility of Hereward Mary Sue syndrome I think everyone calls it nothing he did was wrong Kings ueens heroes of legend all went out of their way to love him and adore him He was unmatchable in combat He got the hottest woman available For crying out loud he turns up at armies and declares that he is to be called a knight and that he will train armies and they let him Just because he wins a duel and because he says so It was pathetic No KingGeneral would let a man demand something of him like that and give it to him not without him working his way up the King savour anyway No it was all too Whoops! fake Yet I want toinish this book someday Although I think that it is so that I can learn about Hereward but I Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. feel that I might be satisfied If I read a noniction book about him at least then I will be getting what I wanted I know some people out there will enjoy the heroics of Hereward and go ahead and enjoy them But if you like a little bit of realism in your historical The Sheep Book fiction look elsewhereHave Fun Reading Absolutely dreadful I know it is about the Dark Ages just but it s simplyantasy Please be honest as an author if you made it up No part of this struck me as historical much seemed rather hysterical and not in the Laduma funny ha ha wayIf you enjoy the era covered don t read this it will just make youeel somewhere between angry and peevish It was ok I like read and write historical text books and novels This book could not make up its mind what it was and it takes a writer skilled than this to blend the two without losing the characterisation One thing I did learn The Gangs Birthday Surprise from reading this was where that line was and I hope on re edit that I haven t done the same in my stuff and if I have to sort it out This as a real historical account has so much meat it seems a shame that the beginning and end were so hackneyed I won t do spoilers here but believe me Clich City This is one of myavourite time periods but rarely connected to the characters which was a shame It is clear this guy can write Maybe he needs a new editor So yeah not bad but not great I m going to break my unofficial golden rule of not reviewing a book before I ve read it all the way through as I m pretty confident that I ve got the measure of this readThis is the second interpretation of the legend of Hereward of Bourne aka Hereward The Wake that I ve come into contact with and to say it differs Earth from theirst namely James Wilde s version is putting it mildlyWhere Wilde s story was a Get Up far visceral gritty and evocative a story Binns take is aar tamer almost safer interpretationIf they were movies Wilde s would probably be a uentin Tarantino movie hard brutal dynamic where this interpretation would be Out to Lunch far in the style of a 1950s MGM style epic think The RobeThe tales also vary rather widely too For example in the Wilde interpretation Hereward only leaves England briefly when he is exiled and makes a nameor himself as a mercenary in Northern Europe The Hereward of Binns novel travels the rim of the known world at the time taking in Dublin Norway Kievan Rus Constantinople southern Italy and up to Normandy even offering his services as a knight to William the Bastard himself putting him almost at polar opposite to his character in the other bookTo put the comparisons aside the writing style is uite reminiscent of Tim Severin s in his Viking trilogy in that it Parinamam engane? പരിണാമം എങ്ങനെ? feels like it s been written by a historian than by a novellist To give Binns some credit though the writing style in this book is a lot warmer and in keeping with the tale rather thaneeling like an endless parroting of well worn sagas The only slight gripe is that with the character travelling as wide as he does there s barely any depth to his experiences in most of the places he visits beyond a sentance or two at most I suppose this is designed to not distract Beetle in the Anthill from the greater arc but it just winds up leaving youeel like you re Mr. Drackle And His Dragons fastorwarding through a storyIn Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales fact this narrative would have arguably have been a better result had it been allowed to progress over a couple of installments say a trilogy rather than crammed all into one 500page bookIn summary a good read if you happen to stumble across the book in your library or get given it but not really one which is worth hunting down Set during an interesting period of English history this book tells the tale of a character called Hereward of Bourne My main issue with the book is the shallow andeatureless characters in Song of the Aura fact probably some of the worst characters I ve come across Despite the book covering a large time span I never reallyeel like I got to know the characters and Hands Tied, A Hammer Story found myself indifferent to theirate This isn t helped by the authors insistence to cover large periods of time in a matter of periods so you get the impression you ve missed large aspects of their lives The redeeming The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, feature of this book and the aspect that prevents me scoring it lower is theantastic description and detail given during battles and conflict Whilst th. Ne man unites the resistance His name is Hereward of Bourne the champion of the English His honour bravery and skill at arms will change the uture of England His is the legacy of the noble outlawThis is his sto.

Stewart Binns ð 7 summary

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic He then pursued several adventures including a stint at the BBC before settling into a career as a schoolteacher specializing in history Later in life a lucky break took him back to the BBC which was the beginning of a successful career in television He has won a BAFTA a Grierson an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries Stewart'