The Winter Mantle

The Winter Mantle

by Elizabeth Chadwick
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The Winter Mantle by Elizabeth Chadwick

Normandy 1067---William may have conquered England, but it is a conquest of a different kind that one English earl has in mind.

Fresh from his defeat of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, William of Normandy has returned home in triumph, accompanied by the English nobles he cannot trust to leave behind. For Waltheof of Huntington, however, rebellion is not at the forefront of his thoughts. From the moment he catches sight of Judith, daughter of the King's formidable sister, he knows he has found his future wife.

When Waltheof saves Judith's life, it is clear that the attraction is mutual. But marriage has little to do with love in medieval Europe. When William refuses to let the couple wed, Waltheof joins forces with his fellow rebels in an uprising against the King. William brutally crushes the rebellion, but realizes that Waltheof cannot be ignored. Marrying him to his niece, he decides, is the perfect way to keep him in check.

But is the match between the Saxon earl and Norman lady made in heaven or hell? As their children grow, Waltheof and Judith must choose between their feelings for each other and older loyalties. At the same time, the reputation of Waltheof's Norman acquaintance Simon de Senlis continues to flourish. The son of William's chamberlain, he shares a special bond with Waltheof, who rescued him from being trampled by a horse when he was a squire. Now Simon enjoys the confidence of both the King and the rebel earl. And when tension between the two ignites once more, it is Simon who is set to reap the reward.

Based on an astonishing true story of honor, treachery, and love, The Winter Mantle is historical fiction at its very best, reaching from the turbulent reign of William the conqueror to the high drama of the Crusades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466845688
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 63,347
File size: 572 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Chadwick lives in Nottingham with her husband and two sons. She is a member of Regia Anglorum, an early medieval reenactment society with the emphasis on accurately re-creating the past. She also tutors in the skill of writing historical and romantic fiction. She 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. Her last novel, Lords of the White Castle, is the winner of the WordWeaving Award of Excellence. The Winter Mantle is her twelfth novel.


Elizabeth Chadwick lives in Nottingham with her husband and two sons. She is a member of Regia Anglorum, an early medieval reenactment society, and tutors in writing historical and romantic fiction. She 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. Her novel Lords of the White Castle won the WordWeaving Award of Excellence, and The Falcons of Montabard, her thirteenth novel, was shortlisted for the U.K.'s Parker Romantic Novel of the Year Award for 2004.

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The Winter Mantle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, the details, the scenery, the romance. Medieval England seems so long ago, but Elizabeth Chadwick creates characters who anyone can identify with. It is surprising how little has changed....
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1067, William the Conqueror has become the King of England and Normandy. To secure his hard-earned throne, he holds hostage many local nobles including the Earl Waltheof Siwardsson of Huntingdon, who remains a noble because he did not fight at Hastings. Shockingly, Waltheof finds he desires William's Norman niece, Judith and even more surprisingly they make a match of it even while treachery lurks behind every niche and cranny.

Two decades later, loyalty has become even more complex as William recently died and his two kingdoms divided between his older sons. Many of the Conqueror¿s followers believe that the middle son should have received nothing instead of sitting on the Normandy throne. Waltheof's oldest daughter, Matilda marries her father¿s former squire Simon de Senlis. Matilda and Simon want to live and love in peace, but once again treachery and shifting alliances make life as dangerous if not more so than when her father was an English hostage in a Norman court.

Though the story of William and his sons have been told numerous times few efforts match the thrilling saga provided by Elizabeth Chadwick. The story line focuses on people wanting peace and love yet caught up in an age of immense chaos and turmoil fostered by treachery, hatred and betrayal. Real people and recorded information of the period provide fans with an exciting historical novel that is probably as much factual as fictional, all elements interwoven into a cohesive delightful tale that William readers will cherish.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
This title began in the year 1067. King William (the Conqueror) had just triumphed at Normandy. One of his young noble hostages was Waltheof of Huntingdon. Waltheof set his eye on William's niece, Judith. During this time of war and turmoil, their lives would be tested often for loyalty toward each other and their king. ....... The book continued into the next generation. Matilda, Waltheof's oldest daughter, married Simon de Senlis. Simon had once been Waltheof's squire. Old King William had died and the eldest son was now king of England, while the middle son was king of Normandy. Some believed the eldest son should have received BOTH kingdoms, thus the chaos continued. Matilda and Simon would now be tested. Treason may lurk around any corner and being at court was more dangerous than anyone today could possibly imagine. ...... ***** Author Elizabeth Chadwick's pen has taken real people from the past and written an awesome tale of the love, hatred, and betrayal, that existed during the past of England and Normandy. The author kept all the details she could find of the people in this novel true and only added her own fiction to the many parts of history that would unable to be found. ...... I found this book to be extremely well done. I am happy to recommend it highly to everyone! *****
Anonymous 7 months ago
I liked the part where two of the main characters were talking about how long a woman remained unclean to lie with after she had given birth.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Lovely narrative of 11th century life after the Norman conquest of England. Vivid characterizations and as historically true as can be deduced 10 centuries later. A quick read that stays with you.
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