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The Handfasted Wife Carol McGrath

The Handfasted Wife By Carol McGrath

The Handfasted Wife by Carol McGrath


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Summary

Elditha Swanneck, King Harold's handfasted wife, loses everything as she flees from an arranged marriage after the Battle of Hastings to fight for her children's survival.

The Handfasted Wife Summary

The Handfasted Wife: The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy by Carol McGrath

'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.

The Handfasted Wife Reviews

This is an era and a family that I can't get enough of reading and the author surely did them justice... Carol McGrath has done impeccable research and is so very knowledgeable on these troubled times -- Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages
McGrath's research into the medieval quotidian is superb, and beautifully translated into a pastoral fiction in the tradition of Hardy * Historical Novel Society *
Moving, and vastly informative, a real page turner of a historical novel -- Fay Weldon

About Carol McGrath

Based in England, Carol McGrath writes Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction. She studied History at Queens University Belfast, has an MA in Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast and an English MPhil from Royal Holloway, University of London. The Handfasted Wife, first in a trilogy about the royal women of 1066 was shortlisted for the RoNAS in 2014. The Swan-Daughter and The Betrothed Sister complete this highly acclaimed trilogy. Mistress Cromwell, a best-selling historical novel about Elizabeth Cromwell, wife of Henry VIII's statesman, Thomas Cromwell, is republished by Headline. The Silken Rose, first in the "She-Wolves" Trilogy, featuring Ailenor of Provence, was published in July 2020 as a paperback by Headline Accent. Tudor Sex & Sexuality will be published in 2022. Carol speaks at events and conferences. She was the co-ordinator of the Historical Novels' Society Conference, Oxford in September 2016 and is an avid reader and reviewer, in particular, for the Historical Novel Society. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and Historical Writers Association. Carol lives in Oxfordshire with her husband. Her website is: www.carolcmcgrath.co.uk.

Additional information

GOR005865863
9781909520479
1909520470
The Handfasted Wife: The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy by Carol McGrath
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Headline Publishing Group
2013-05-09
344
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