#BookReview: 1066: William the Conqueror by Patrick Weber

Historical Graphic Novel

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King Edward of England is dead. Edward’s son Harold, one of the potential successors, renounces his oath to yield the throne to William of Normandy. From that day forth, William will have no peace until his rightful claim to the throne is acknowledged. As the famous Halley comet soars across the heavens, giving rise to much speculation among the scholars of the time, William, Duke of Normandy, launches into the arrangements for the conquest that will change the face of England — one of the most formidable military expeditions History has ever seen.

This is a tale of ambition, broken oaths, battles, love, death and glory.

1066: William the Conqueror by Patrick Weber is a beautifully drawn narrative adapted from the famed Bayeux Tapestry. The novel, like embroidery that inspired it, tells the story of the Norman Conquest and culminates in the epic Battle of Hastings.

I loved the idea behind this book, but I think this particular adaptation best suited to those already familiar with the material. I don’t mean to turn off potential readers, but Weber does not dwell on the development of either his characters or their conflict which makes the narrative choppy and may be confusing to those experiencing the story for the first time.

The artwork is not striking, but pleasant enough and I liked the decision to recreate sections of the Tapestry at various points in the story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Obtained from: Netgalley
Read: August 12, 2018

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