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The Bastard King

(1974)
(The first book in the Norman trilogy series)
A novel by

 
William was born in Normandy, the bastard son of his father's relationshipwith a tanner's daughter. He was often taunted about his birth whichinfuriated him. Upon becoming an adult, a marriage was arranged for him withMatilda of Flanders. At their first meeting, Matilda said she would notmarry him because he was a bastard and William responded by throwing herinto the muddy street. That incident promptly persuaded Matilda to changeher mind. I guess she saw him as a forceful man and the scene played outquite hilariously in my mind. In England, the remaining of the Danes andSaxons struggled to keep control of the country. The Danes were relatives ofWilliam's family (Edward the Confessor was William's father's cousin) andwhen Edward was nearing death, he proclaimed that William should be his heirand unite Normandy and England. The rest of Edward's family tree whichincluded other claimants to the throne seemed rather complicated andPlaidy's explanation of it was rather lacking. When Edward dies and Haroldhas himself proclaimed King - setting in motion William's invasion ofEngland in 1066 - I really had no idea who Harold was or why he had a claim.The rest of the book covers Williams feud with his son Robert and theongoing battle between his other sons, Rufus and Henry. As he neared death,William left Normandy to Robert and England to Rufus while leaving his sonHenry with only money. As Henry expressed his dismay, William told him to bepatient - that in time he would have all of his possessions and be a greaterpower than either of his brothers.

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Hardback Editions

June 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-8488-0605-0 / 978-0-8488-0605-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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January 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bastard King (Norman Trilogy, Book 1)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-399-12322-9 / 978-0-399-12322-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
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October 1974 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Bastard King (The Norman Series: Volume 1)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-7091-4223-4 / 978-0-7091-4223-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-449-24273-0 / 978-0-449-24273-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett Crest
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May 1977 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bastard King (The Norman Series; Volume 1)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-330-25077-9 / 978-0-330-25077-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

December 2013 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 1-4450-3566-9 / 978-1-4450-3566-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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December 2013 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 1-4450-3567-7 / 978-1-4450-3567-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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December 2013 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 1-4450-3568-5 / 978-1-4450-3568-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bastard King
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bastard King: (Norman Series)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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