The Lion and the Rose, Part One: William Rising is the first book in an epic historical saga from debut author Hilary Rhodes. Extensively researched and compellingly told, it introduces us to the passionate drama and violent upheaval of eleventh-century Europe. The world as we know it, and the English language, would have been vastly different were it not for the driving ambition of one man: William the Conqueror. But conquerors are made, not born, and William was made in fire and blood. How does a boy become a man, surviving a tumultuous and terrifying childhood? And how does that man become a legend?
William Rising plunges us into this world of danger and betrayal, of choosing sides and dying for absolutes. It follows the creation of a conqueror, as he grows up abandoned, learns to fight at an early age for anything he hopes to keep, and is sculpted into a remorseless, far-sighted, ruthlessly efficient soldier and statesman. From his origins as an orphaned, penniless bastard boy, to his personal and political trials by fire, to the climactic battle with his rebellious barons where he finally comes of age, the young duke increasingly establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with. But as the shadowy intrigues of English politics, and the all-consuming question of an heir for a childless king, begin to draw him into their web, it may just be that William of Normandy has a destiny far greater than even he has ever dreamed.
About the Author
Hilary Rhodes is a scholar, author, blogger, and all-around geek who fell in love with British history while spending a year abroad at Oxford University. She holds a B.A. in English and history and an M.A. in religion and history while planning to go on for doctoral study, is a member of the Medieval Academy of America, and can recite all the kings of England, in order, with dates (one of the more useless party tricks in the world, but we all have our special talents). On the rare occasions she is not writing, she can be found reading, watching or blogging about her favorite movies and TV shows, talking to her friends, walking, or hanging out in a coffee shop somewhere. Probably writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved this book1 What a fascinating character -- and what he overcame to become Duke! Lots of action, humor, no dead spots in the plot and historically accurate. Rhodes' writing sings, as well. Well worth reading on all levels.
A brilliantly told story from a very talented new author!! You might not expect a novel about William the Conqueror to be funny, but Rhodes' razor-sharp wit had me laughing out loud more than once. The characters are all beautifully portrayed and the story zips along. If you don't read it for the history, read it for the celebration of such excellent writing!