Casca: The Conqueror, Tony Roberts

Casca: The Conqueror, Tony Roberts

The Eternal Mercenary #31

This is the 31st entry in the Casca series, and it is thus something of a surprise to find that the Norman Conquest has not been covered before. The plot starts in the ruins of Casca's farm in France, and follows him to Caen where he joins William the Conqueror's army, across the channel to Hastings then on to the Norman advance to London, before finishing in the early days of Norman rule.

Casca novels tend to fall into two categories - those that are dominated by plot and those that are dominated by the historical backdrop. This entry in the series falls into the first category. That isn't to say that the events of 1066 don't play a major role in the novel, and there are some very nice touches - I liked the emphasis on the language barrier between the Saxons and their new French masters.

This is one of the better entries in the series, well written, with a coherent well focused plot, proper hissable villains and a good use of the historical background.

The book is also available from the Casca Website

Author: Tony Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 157
Publisher: Americana Books
Year: 2010
The book is also available from the Casca Website


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