The Conquestby Elizabeth Chadwick
An award-winning historical novelist brings readers the story of a Saxon woman and a Norman man who meet in the fateful year of 1066. Within a year of the Norman invasion of England, Ailith, a young Saxon wife, loses both her husband and her baby son. Then she meets a handsome Norman. But can love truly conquer all when the lover was recently the enemy?
- Little, Brown & Company
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- 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)
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When a comet appears in the sky over Englad in the year of 1066, most poeple see it as a bad omen. In October of that year, the Normans invade led by William and things are never the same again. For young Saxon wife, Ailith, who is newly pregnant she wonders what the future will hold for her and her child. She has developed a friendship with her neighbour, Felice, also pregnant. When Ailith's husband is killed in the Battle of Hastings, she is persuaded to become nursemaid to Felice's new son, Benedict. But her heart is heavy and she cannot reconcile her friendship with the fact that Felice's countrymen killed her husband. This is an epic romantic tale, which just sweeps you away into the sights, sounds and smells of eleventh century England, where tensions are high and danger lurks around every corner. Ive been to Battle Abbey and the field where it took place, and it was amazing to see everything brought so vividly to life in the book. Ms. Chadwick has the gift of making history come to life. Not to be missed. Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of Drowning Rapunzel and Shadows of the Rose.
Ailith, is a young Saxon wife. It is the year in which she loses both her husband and young son, and the year in which the Normans come, not as friends, but in search of conquest. Ailith tries to kill herself but a handsome Norman man Rolf de Brize rescues her, he then decides to take her as his chatelaine at his English estate, although he has a wife and daughter in France, he and Ailith fall in love and have a daughter Julitta. Although later Ailith finds out things were not as they seem a discovery of a betrayal at the battle of Hastings¿s can she ever forgive? As I read this book I really felt in touch with the character¿s that is as a story should be, definitely a recommended read.