The Marsh King's Daughter

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Unwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather. Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear. As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious novice. She plots to escape but her plans screech to a halt when a soldier of fortune, a half-dead Nicholas de Caen appears at the convent door. Once held captive by royalist troops, he...

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Unwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather. Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear. As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious novice. She plots to escape but her plans screech to a halt when a soldier of fortune, a half-dead Nicholas de Caen appears at the convent door. Once held captive by royalist troops, he has managed to escape their clutches with part of the royal regalia, but his flight has sapped all life from him.

Miriel nurses him with the vigor she has had suppressed in her imprisonment, and revives Nicholas, in whom she recognizes her own stubborn pride and independence. He is not only her kindred spirit, he is also her only way out. So upon his recovery and release, Miriel coerces her former patient into taking her with him.

Never one for nostalgia, Miriel has only seen Nicholas as a means of escape, and once out of the convent, the two part on bad terms. From this point forward, misfortune will plague Miriel's life until she runs into a new Nicholas, this time a famous soldier and merchant. Can the two now see past their pride and into each other's souls, formerly one and the same? Or have the ravages of a bloody war clouded their sight?

The critically-acclaimed author of The Love Knot and The Champion, Elizabeth Chadwick once again sheds light on the blood-stained Middle Ages by breathing life into legendary characters in The Marsh King's Daughter.

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In 1216 England, Nigel Fuller roughs his stepdaughter Miriel Weaver for her disobedience and disrespect. Wanting her out of his life, he dispatches Miriel to live in the St. Catherine's-in-the-Marsh nunnery. Nicholas de Caen is a prisoner due to King John's false accusations of treason. The monarch destroyed Nicholas' family before branding him a traitor to the crown. Nicholas escapes and finds refugee at St. Catherine's. Later he helps Miriel run away from her unhappy captivity among the Sisters. Although Miriel and Nicholas are attracted to one another, they depart on bad terms. She trusts no male and he is a wanted soldier of fortune with no name or future. Over the next few years, aristocratic roadblocks continue to insure no relationship forms between them. The Marsh King's Daughter is an entertaining medieval romance that highlights the abuse of power that dictates much of the early thirteenth century noble lifestyle. Miriel is a brave woman, but her gender leaves her a victim as men make decisions that she dislikes for her. Nicholas is also impotent to help because he too is a casualty of the monarchy. Fans who enjoy an insiders look at a bygone era will gain immense pleasure from Elizabeth Chadwick's wonderful historical romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312264918
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Chadwick lives in Nottingham, England, with her husband and two sons. Much of her research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early medieval historical society. Aside from this, she also tutors in writing. Ms. Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt, her first novel, and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Award in 1998 for The Champion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    Fantastically, Pageturningly, Addictive.

    Elizabeth Chadwick has excelled again, I absolutely loved reading this book, from start to finish it was such an enjoyable read. Set in the year of the civil war of 1216 Miriel finds, herself forced into a convent by her violent, evil stepfather. As Miriel tries to escape, her plan comes to stop as she find¿s a soldier, Nicholas de Caen, half dead, she helps him recover and so when he is too leave she decides she will follow him, they then part on bad terms, and little does Miriel know that one day she may meet him again. If you love medieval, historical romance you should not miss out on reading this book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting medieval romance

    In 1216 England, Nigel Fuller roughs his stepdaughter Miriel Weaver for her disobedience and disrespect. Wanting her out of his life, he dispatches Miriel to live in the St. Catherine¿s-in-the-Marsh nunnery. <P>Nicholas de Caen is a prisoner due to King John¿s false accusations of treason. The monarch destroyed Nicholas¿ family before branding him a traitor to the crown. <P>Nicholas escapes and finds refugee at St. Catherine¿s. Later he helps Miriel run away from her unhappy captivity among the Sisters. Although Miriel and Nicholas are attracted to one another, they depart on bad terms. She trusts no male and he is a wanted soldier of fortune with no name or future. Over the next few years, aristocratic roadblocks continue to insure no relationship forms between them. <P> THE MARSH KING¿S DAUGHTER is an entertaining medieval romance that highlights the abuse of power that dictates much of the early thirteenth century noble lifestyle. Miriel is a brave woman, but her gender leaves her a victim as men make decisions that she dislikes for her. Nicholas is also impotent to help because he too is a casualty of the monarchy. Fans who enjoy an insiders look at a bygone era will gain immense pleasure from Elizabeth Chadwick¿s wonderful historical romance. <P>Harriet Klausner

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