Devils Brood

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  1. olley

    olley Funster

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    Hi got the final book in the trilogy for xmas, now hoping for some peace and quiet to read it. :Smile:

    To anybody who hasn't a clue what its about, its a fictional account of Henry II, he's the one who had a little bother with old Thomas Becket.:Rofl1: Although fictional its very accurate in events and the people involved, to me this is how history should be taught.

    Have to admit its not for the faint hearted, this book is over 800 pages, and from memory the other two are similar. Sharon Penman is one of my favourite authors.

    Olley
     
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    Sounds interesting Olley, come back here when your half way through and let us know if its worth buying:thumb:
     
  3. olley

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    Hi jim having read the other two, plus her Welsh trilogy, which starts with the childhood of Llewellyn the Great and finishes with the death of the last Welsh prince, Llewellyn ap Gruffudd, I know it will be good. :Smile:

    Olley
     
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    One of my sadest losses with my eyesight is that I cannot read anymore. I really miss it.

    BUT all is not lost. Just discovered calibre audiobooks books. I will see if they have it coz it sounds good.
     
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    dazzer Read Only Funster

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    Have you thought about an Amazon Kindle 2 ebook reader??

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Generation/dp/B0015T963C/ref=amb_link_86425591_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1AGDCQWP3KTNYRHW2DPB&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=506632571&pf_rd_i=507846[/ame]

    It has the facility to read any book you download to you. Its not perfect and can sound a bit robotic but is just another advantage to this great bit of kit. :thumb: Only available from USA at the moment (but i have seen them for sale on Ebay :Eeek:)
     
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    6pm Cowboy Read Only Funster

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    Thanks for the thoought.
    Calibre have over 8000 books in stock read by professional readers. They come on mp3 cd so it is easy to download them onto my Ipod.

    brilliant so far....... and it is all totally free.
     
  7. olley

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    Hi Jim about halfway now, and its up to her usual standards, :Smile: Here's a brief synopsis:

    This last book covers from around 1170 after the murder of Becket up to his death in 1189. his eldest son (Henry) called Hal is around 17 with Richard, Geoffrey and John, younger still. Henrys wife is Eleanor of Aquitane, a fabled beauty of her age, and the only Queen to have been married to both the French and English king. When he married her he gained vast holdings in France to go with those he already had, and became the most powerful ruler in Christendom.

    He was without a doubt one of our most effective kings, both as a battle commander and as an administrator, unfortunately he was also a control freak, and his refusal to allow his children or wife any say in the running of these vast holdings, led to them rebelling with the help of the French King, Philip Capet. At the moment he has as usual wiped the floor in battle with the rebels, who at this time include three of his children, Hal, Richard and Geoffrey, and imprisoned his wife.

    He now has a problem, he would like to divorce his wife, but if he does he will lose Aquitane, he cannot kill her as his children would never forgive him and its likely his barons would rise in revolt, but he can't leave things as they are. And that's where I am in the book.

    What I love about reading this type of fiction that's based on real characters, is that you meet old favourites from other books, like William Marshal, who is the central character in "The Greatest Knight" by Elizabeth Chadwick, his father gave him as a hostage to King Stephen when he was five years old, and when the father rebelled, he told King Stephen, hang the boy, "I have the hammer and anvil to make better" but king Stephen refused to hang the five year old.

    William Marshal went from being a penniless second son, to be the premier knight of his day, at one point saving Eleanor of Aquitane from capture by rebels, and is credited with being the only person to unhorse King Richard in defence of Henry II, He also for a time governed England after King Johns death. Another fascinating book. :Smile:

    Olley

    William Marshal: http://www.williammarshal.com/
     
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    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

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    :Cool: Better STILL. Wait till you have finished reading it and post it off to me at Almafra. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     

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