The Handfasted Wife

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The Handfasted Wife

Author : Carol McGrath
ISBN : 9781909520462
Genre : Fiction
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‘Moving, and vastly informative, a real page turner of a historical novel.’ Fay Weldon The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Harold’s common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her children’s destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to William’s camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Harold’s body on the battlefield and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage. Elditha avoids an arranged marriage with a Breton knight by which her son might or might not be given into his care. She makes her own choice and sets out through strife-torn England to seek help from her sons in Dublin. However, events again overtake her. Harold’s mother, Gytha, holds up in her city of Exeter with other aristocratic women, including Elditha’s eldest daughter. The girl is at risk, drawing Elditha back to Exeter and resistance. Initially supported by Exeter’s burghers the women withstand William’s siege. However, after three horrific weeks they negotiate exile and the removal of their treasure. Elditha takes sanctuary in a convent where eventually she is reunited with her hostage son. This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival and reconciliation.
Category: Fiction

The Woman In The Shadows

Author : Carol McGrath
ISBN : 9781682996232
Genre : Fiction
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The powerful, evocative new novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Handfasted Wife, The Woman in the Shadows presents the rise of Thomas Cromwell, Tudor England's most powerful statesman, through the eyes of his wife Elizabeth. When beautiful cloth merchant’s daughter Elizabeth Williams is widowed at the age of twenty-two, she is determined to make herself a success in the business she has learned from her father. But there are those who oppose a woman making her own way in the world, and soon Elizabeth realises she may have some powerful enemies – enemies who also know the truth about her late husband… Security – and happiness – comes when Elizabeth is introduced to kindly, ambitious merchant turned lawyer, Thomas Cromwell. Their marriage is one based on mutual love and respect…but it isn’t always easy being the wife of an influential, headstrong man in Henry VIII’s London. The city is filled with ruthless people and strange delights – and Elizabeth realises she must adjust to the life she has chosen…or risk losing everything.
Category: Fiction

Notes And Queries

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924054879550
Genre : Questions and answers
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Once A Week

Author : Eneas Sweetland Dallas
ISBN : CHI:79381289
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Transactions And Journal Of Proceedings

Author : Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society
ISBN : HARVARD:32044106238249
Genre : Dumfriesshire (Scotland)
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Category: Dumfriesshire (Scotland)

Waverley Novels

Author : Walter Scott
ISBN : OXFORD:600055753
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Waverly Novels

Author : Walter Scott
ISBN : UIUC:30112041712784
Genre : Scotland
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Category: Scotland

The Waverley Novels

Author : SIR WALTER SCOTT
ISBN : UOMDLP:adj0296:0001.001
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