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In 1100, King William II died in a tragic accident… or was it murder?

In The Death of the Red King, acclaimed historian Paul Doherty investigates the suspicious death of William II in a masterful ‘faction’ – a mix of both fact and fiction.

Concentrating on both old and new evidence, Paul Doherty explores the highly suspicious elements surrounding the death of King William II of England, nicknamed “Rufus the Red King”. Through the eyes of the great philosopher Anselm, a secret admirer of the Red King, a far more chilling interpretation of his death is put forward that challenges everything we think we know.

What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:
‘An interesting look at a little known real-life mystery
‘The book is interesting, well written, fact and fiction coming easily together to form a well-argued case’
Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels’


Praise for Paul Doherty: Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history
New Statesman
An engrossing and informative read
Publishers Weekly
[A] history book that may be read with all the excitement of a detective novel
Contemporary Review