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The year is 1066 and the world is about to change. Suddenly life in England is going to be completely different, especially for Ailith, 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's grief and despair run so deep that she would have done away with herself and joined her husband and son if a handsome, womanizing Norman, Rolf de Brize, had not happened by in the nick of time. Feeling ...
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The year is 1066 and the world is about to change. Suddenly life in England is going to be completely different, especially for Ailith, 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's grief and despair run so deep that she would have done away with herself and joined her husband and son if a handsome, womanizing Norman, Rolf de Brize, had not happened by in the nick of time. Feeling strangely responsible for the woman whose life he has saved, the normally unreliable Rolf installs Ailith as chatelaine of Ulverton, his English estate. Despite his wife and daughter in France, he and Ailith eventually fall in love and have a daughter, Julitta. But can love truly conquer all - even Rolf's wife's decision to take her rightful place as mistress of Ulverton, and Ailith's discovery of a betrayal at the Battle of Hastings that she can never forgive?

Can proud Ailith, widow of Goldwin the Armourer, find happiness with Rolf de Brize, the Norman who slew her brothers-and can she defeat the wife he left behind in Brittany? That's the double-question posed by Betty Trask Award winner Elizabeth Chadwick in The Conquest, a novel set in the bloody aftermath of the Battle of Hastings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312154974
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.47 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    England, 1066

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    Fantastic Read

    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.

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