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NEMESIS In Pursuit of Justice by Roy Stedall-Humphryes from Stedall-Humphryes, Roy
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  • Author:
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    Roy Stedall-Humphryes
  • Text Language:
    English
  • Publisher Name:
    Self-Published with CreateSpace
  • Binding Type:
    Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 10:
    1500852112
  • ISBN 13:
    9781500852115
  • ISSN / ASIN:
    B00O09PQAQ
  • Price:
    USD 10.5
  • Publication Date:
    September 28, 2014
  • Ship Date:
    September 28, 2014
  • No. of Page:
    236 pages
  • Height:
    9 inches
  • Width:
    0.5 inches
  • Length:
    6 inches
  • Weight:
    14.7 ounce
  • Additional Info:
    Library of Congress Control Number: 2014914741 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, SC

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Book one of the Bellême series  Book one of the Bellême series
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After leaving college Roy joined a London advertising studio as graphic designer and typographer before moving towards magazine and newspaper journalism. In his spare time, he indulged his photographic passion for medieval castle architecture, supplying photographs to the north London picture agency...

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It is the year 1082, a baby girl survives by being brutally cut out from her mother’s womb. She is baptised Isabella, a bastard daughter of Prince Henry, youngest son of William the Conqueror. Brought up and groomed at Henry’s court, she is famed for her beauty and intelligence. She is used by her father in his rapacious ambition to become King of England. At the age of twelve, Isabella is sent by him on a mission to seduce and murder his enemy Robert de Bellême. The plot fails. She betrays her father, defying him by falling in love and secretly marrying Robert. On hearing of her husband's arrest and imprisonment by her father, now Henry 1st King of England, she flees Normandy to rebuild her life in Burgundy. She continually strives for her husband’s release in the face of her father’s twisted, insane vengeance, brought about by his growing fear of the threat to his crown, through the conjoined bloodline of Isabella and Robert de Bellême. Terrified for her own safety and Henry’s attempts to murder her children, Isabella responds with little more than primitive instinct, retreating ever deeper into the wilderness of assassin, planning her own particular brand of retribution.

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Table of Contents
Dedication….…..page 008
Acknowledgements….…..page 009
Bellême family tree…….…..…..page 010
King Henry 1st family tree….…………...page 011
Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais family tree…….…......page 012
Map of 12th century Iberia, Normandy and Barfleur harbour...page 014
Map of 12th century Iberia and Isabella’s route to Al-Andalus....page 015
Prologue………………………….…………………...page 022
Chapter I…………………….…….…..……….…..page 026
Chapter II……………..……….….….………...page 038
Chapter III………..……………..……….…..page 054
Chapter IV……………….……………....page 059
Chapter V………….………………..….page 069
Chapter VI………………….…….…..page 076
Chapter VII……………………...…..page 089
Chapter VIII………………..….…..page 097
Chapter IX……………………...page 103
Chapter X……….……….…..page 112
Chapter XI…………...…..page 122
Chapter XII…………....page 128
Chapter XIII…….…..page 137
Chapter XIV……..page 154
Chapter XV……..…..…..page 160
Chapter XVI………………….page 171
Chapter XVII…………….……......page 182
Chapter XVIII………….………………..page 188
Chapter XIX…………………..…………...page 219
Author’s Notes………………………………..…page 232

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After leaving art college Roy joined a London advertising studio as graphic designer and typographer before moving towards magazine and newspaper journalism. In his spare time, he indulged his photographic passion for medieval castle architecture, supplying photographs to the north London picture agency, http: //www.collectionspicturelibrary.co.uk/ and for his own web site, http: //www.castles-galore.com/Home.html Whilst researching at the British Library, into the engineers and craftsmen who constructed the great medieval fortresses of the British Isles, he came across the name, Robert de Belleme and was so fascinated by this nobleman, that he felt the story of Belleme had to be told. The result was his first historical novel, 'BELLEME The Norman Warrior’. Now comes the sequel, NEMESIS In Pursuit of Justice. A third novel is in preparation to complete the series.

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Nemesis: In Pursuit of Justice (The Belleme Series, Book 3)
By Roy Stedall-Humphryes

Stedall-Humphryes’s Belleme series continues with this novel focusing on Robert de Belleme’s wife, Isabella, who has fled their homeland after her husband’s arrest on treason charges and is now perched in uneasy sanctuary in Burgundy, working to procure her husband’s release from the prisons of her father, King Henry I of England. Isabella is Henry’s illegitimate daughter, but this hardly affords protection from the vile, insecure version of the king Stedall-Humphryes has created, a tyrant bent on not only holding her husband as a traitor but also on murdering her own children as potential rivals to the crown.

Set against a well-researched and convincingly-rendered version of life in early 12th-century England and the Continent, Nemesis describes what seems at first a fight against impossible odds, and Stedall-Humphryses steadily and expertly increases the emotional stakes of his main plot all the way to its exciting (if somewhat predictable) climax.

Readers of the earlier volumes in this series will appreciate the resolution of some long-standing plot-threads, but this is very much a stand-alone volume, capable of being read and enjoyed separate from the earlier books.

Reviewed by Laura Fahey
Historical Novel Society.

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Nemesis In Pursuit of Justice
By Roy Stedall-Humphryes

I very rarely give five stars, so four is a very good rating from me. I enjoyed this one, having read his first in the series. Without that it might have needed a longer scene-setting introduction for a first-time Stedall-Humphryes reader I feel. It always seems to me that men struggle with characterisation when creating and writing about female main characters, but speaking as a mere male I feel RSH has done very well here. Also I felt able to avoid blaming him for the typos and grammatical errors in the Kindle version, which I assume can be laid at the door of the transcribers. Leaving that minor point asside I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical novels; but read 'BELLÈME, Norman Warrior' first to get the full storyt. Personally I look forward eagerly to the third in the series.

By Tedward on September 15, 2014

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Nemesis In Pursuit Of Justice
By Roy Stedall-Humphryes

This is a fast and engaging read from the author of Belleme.The saga continues where Belleme left the reader in suspense. Once again Mr Humphryes shows his historical acumen and passion for the period. I can honestly recommend this novella.I hope to read more novels by this talented writer.

By Simon Waltzer on October 13, 2014