I've taken it into my head to read the historical/romance novels on Georgette Heyer in chronological order - well, the one's I have access to via the library and have not already read in the last 3 or 4 years at least. This is the first, and also the first of her histories I've read (although there was a HEA for the main character, and probably for the Conqueror himself on reflection). I found the going a bit difficult to start with, but as I adjusted to the deliberately archaic language, and as the relationships between the characters developed things speeded up some.
This particular period of history is not one I've ventured into previously. I'll be looking for more on the subject in future.