When King Edward refuses to name an heir to the throne before he dies, England is thrown into crisis. Various nobles contend violently for control, and England is threatened from external enemies.
1066: What Fates Impose by G. K. Holloway is a fictional account of events leading up to the 1066 Battle of Hastings, which set the course for England’s history for the next several centuries. It also details the battle itself, in rich and gory detail. This is historical fiction as it should be, detailed but colorful, given not just the chronology of events, but their deeper human meanings. A bit overblown and stuffy in places, it is still a most enjoyable read. I give it four stars.