The Bastard's Sons
Robert, William and Henry of Normandy
As William the Conqueror lay dying in France in 1087, his youngest son, Henry, stayed at his side; the eldest son, Robert Curthose, was in another part of France and unaware of his father’s plight; meanwhile, William Rufus was heading back to England to seize the crown. Beginning with an outline of William I’s life, this is the story of the power struggle between three sons: the crusader who rebelled against his father, and the two who inherited the Conqueror’s throne.
Glorious Son of York
A charismatic Plantagenet ruler, described by a contemporary as ‘the handsomest prince my eyes ever beheld’, Edward IV (1442–1483) fought hard for his crown, contesting some of the most important battles of the medieval period, including Mortimer’s Cross, Towton, Barnet and Tewkesbury. Covering Edward’s background, the Yorkist takeover and the tensions created by the king’s controversial Woodville marriage, this history follows his struggle to gain and regain the kingship of England during a period of great dynastic turmoil.