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Duke (Leopards of Normandy 2)

An action-packed historical epic of battle, death and dynasty

By David Churchill

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**From the co-author of the No.1 bestselling novel WAR CRY (Wilbur Smith) ** This epic trilogy shows Mario Puzo's Godfather had nothing on the Dukes of Normandy - here is the tale of William the Conqueror in all its wild, intoxicating and dramatic glory.

**From the co-author of the No.1 bestselling Wilbur Smith novel, WAR CRY*

The Conqueror will rise...

The Leopards of Normandy trilogy continues with DUKE, as William of Normandy inherits his father's title and assumes command of his lands. David Churchill's 'exciting mix of medieval betrayal, violence and sex' (Wilbur Smith) is sure to enthral fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

Normandy, 1037.

Sparks fly from clashing swords as the game of thrones plays out in bloodshed. Of those named guardian to the boy Duke, all seek advantage and power. Most wish the boy dead. Some will go to any lengths to make it happen.

Across the sea, the struggle for the English crown has seen Queen Emma's beloved son killed. She has two more sons waiting in the wings but Godwin, Earl of Wessex - kingmaker and arch manipulator - has other plans.

As the noble families of Europe murder each other in their lust for power and fortune, the boy stands apart.

His name is William. His destiny is to conquer.

Don't miss the final instalment of The Leopards of Normandy trilogy, as Duke William prepares to take England by storm in CONQUEROR.

What readers are saying about DUKE:

'To read a novel linked by actual historic characters and events whilst still maintaining a racy narrative is quite something. A fantastic read'

'One of the best historical novels I have read. Well written, compelling, action-packed, good characters. This is seriously worth reading!'

Biographical Notes

David Churchill is the pseudonym of an award-winning journalist, who has conducted several hundred in-depth interviews with senior politicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes, movie stars, supermodels and rock legends. He has investigated financial scandals on Wall Street, studio intrigues in Hollywood and corrupt sports stars in Britain, and lived in Moscow, Washington DC and Havana. He has edited four magazines, published seventeen books and been translated into some twenty languages.

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  • ISBN: 9781472219268
  • Publication date: 04 May 2017
  • Page count: 480
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