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Hammer for Princes 

Hammer for Princes (1972)
A novel by Cecelia Holland

 

"Compared with Dunnett, Cecelia Holland writes in a sparse, muscular style. But the raw power of the prose lends itself perfectly to the vicious times of England's 12th-century civil war as King Stephen and Empress Matilda battle for the throne and Fulke, the ageing Earl of Stafford, must try to weather the storm. "
Elizabeth Chadwick


Hammer for Princes is set in England in the middle of the twelfth century, a country laid waste by a long and inconclusive civil war: on the one hand King Stephen, and against him the strongest of the nobility and the young Prince Henry Plantagenet, their candidate for the throne. Fulk, Earl of Stafford, is Prince Henry's man, and for him the public and political decision is easier to face than the complexities within his own family. Here he must come to terms with his own son, Rannulf, and combat the murderous jealousy of a cousin, ambitious for the earldom. In the body politic compromise is ultimately attainable. In private life, seldom. Through the quicksands of twelfth-century power politics, through forced march and siege, tournament and ambush, through hunt and parley, Cecelia Holland brings the heraldic postures of mediaeval England fiercely and vibrantly to life.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 1972 : Hardback
Title: Hammer for Princes
Author(s): Cecelia Holland
ISBN: 0340149469 / 9780340149461 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 1975 : Paperback
Title: Hammer for Princes
Author(s): Cecelia Holland
ISBN: 0860071405 / 9780860071402 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Publications
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