William the Conqueror Summary
Thomas Bertram Costain

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William the Conqueror Summary

A fictionalized biography of the French-bom warrior-king who changed the course of British history, William the Conqueror tells the rags-to-riches story of an orphan who became one of medieval Europe's most powerful rulers. Drawing upon the few known facts about William's life, Costain uses both his skill as a novelist and his knowledge of history to paint a rounded picture of a man seemingly born to be a leader. Costain's account of William's life—his narrow escapes from assassination as boy, his training to become a knight, and his military campaigns in England and France—reads like an adventure story. All in all, Costain takes a familiar figure from history, breathes life into him, and shows the elements of character that made William a great king. Additionally, Costain informs his readers about the nature of life in the Middle Ages, describing the food, the clothing, and...

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