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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316639613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316639613
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,534,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages worldwide. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade. Elizabeth's nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. THE SUMMER QUEEN, the first novel in her stunning Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, will be followed by THE WINTER CROWN and THE AUTUMN THRONE.

Find out more at www.elizabethchadwick.com, Facebook/elizabeth.chadwick and on twitter: @Chadwickauthor

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The best writer of medieval fiction currently around (HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW)

One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is a stunning grasp of historical detail. Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable (Barbara Erskine)

Chadwick is a prize-winning novelist who does not romanticize what was often a dangerous and brutal time...Intelligent, enjoyable and entertaining (LIBRARY JOURNAL)

Reading an Elizabeth Chadwick is the next best thing to time travel. (Sharon Kay Penman)

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* England in the closing days of the reign of King John.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2004
Format: Paperback
The marsh King’s Daughter is a delightful medieval love story between Miriel Weaver and Nicholas de Caen, whose road to true love is somewhat rocky and at times very tragic.
From the first chapter of this book I was totally entwined within the fabric of the entire book, because Elizabeth Chadwick character’s have so much depth to them that you start to relate to them personally. You start to begin to celebrate in their love and share in their tragedies as if they where people you have actually known and it is this aspect of the book which makes it such a great read.
The plot from the start grabs the reader’s imagination and takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of the up’s and downs of Miriel’s live and finally speeds the reader on to the climax of the book.
This book is one of the best book’s I have read for a while and would recommend it to anyone. Although the story is a love story it has true depth and feeling and is not the usual mushy mumbo jumbo, a real gem.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "mequissa" on 7 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
In the beginning I was disinclined to read Elizabeth Chadwick's novels due to the somewhat corny cover art which was reminiscent of every other historical bodice-ripper ever written. I'm so glad I looked beyond the cover. Chadwick gives us likeable characters and intriguing plots flavoured with just enough back ground colour that we feel we're really living the Middle Ages. My only complaint is that all of Chadwick's heroes are too much like contempory "nineties" men. This does make them seem immensely desirable to the modern reader, but their caring, sharing, tolerance of their women's independent behaviour is historically rather unlikely. Chadwick's books are not perhaps as intellectually demanding or multi-layered as Sharon Penman's masterpieces. Howvever, if you want a thoroughly enjoyable slice of history spiced with evocative descriptions and slick prose then I can highly recommend any of Chadwick's novels - they always satisfy.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Gelderman on 10 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Another excellent medieval historical from Elizabeth Chadwick! Her books never disappoint the reader. This is the sixth novel I've read by this author and it is one of her best yet!
This story involves the lives of Miriel Weaver and Nicholas de Caen. Miriel is physically and verbally abused by her stepfather continually until he decides against her will to dump her in a nunnery. She eventually excapes with the help of Nicholas whom she had nursed back to health in the convent infirmary. He had been a prisoner with King John's baggage train in 1216 carrying all the royal regalia until the fatal tide and quicksand ends everyone's life but his own. He takes a chest unknowingly containing a fortune in silver and Queen Mathilda's crown.
Literally down the road, Miriel parts Nicholas' company with some of the silver and Queen Mathilda's crown. He discovers this too late and becomes enraged and vows to one day get revenge. However, for much of the story they live out different lives with different people until they fatefully meet again.
I loved the detail and descriptions particularily concerning the wool trade, especially the different types of wool fabrics and colors. This book had me turning pages until 2 a.m. anticipating what would happen next. A very exciting read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Born out of wedlock, Miriel Weaver adored her grandfather, a master weaver of fine wool. Her step-father takes over the weaving business upon her grandfather's death and Miriel rebels against him once to often and is packed off to a convent, although her rebellious nature continues and she doesn't exactly get along with life with the nuns either. Nicholas de Caen was a prisoner of King John until the baggage train is lost when the tide overtakes it as they are crossing the marsh. Nicholas reaches shore and finds quite a prize - a fortune in coin and the crown of the Empress Matilda. He is able to hide the treasure before he collapses from the ordeal and is eventually found by Miriel and another nun and nursed back to health.

Miriel follows Nicholas when he leaves and convinces him to escort her to safety in a new town, but when he falls asleep the lure of the crown and the silver is too much and believing she's entitled to some for saving his life she takes what she considers her fair share and soon sets herself up in the wool business. Unable to trace her, Nicholas cuts his loses and uses what is left of the treasure to purchase a ship or two and begins shipping goods. Miriel eventually marries twice, but neither marriage is for love and both are older men. Her second husband Robert is ambitious and controlling and will stop at nothing to achieve his ends, including murder. Of course fate ordains that Nicholas and Miriel's path will cross again - will it develop into love or hate for her betrayal? What will Robert do when he realizes the two have a past connection?

Well, you know I'm not telling - read it for yourself.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Born out of wedlock, Miriel Weaver adored her grandfather, a master weaver of fine wool. Her step-father takes over the weaving business upon her grandfather's death and Miriel rebels against him once to often and is packed off to a convent, although her rebellious nature continues and she doesn't exactly get along with life with the nuns either. Nicholas de Caen was a prisoner of King John until the baggage train is lost when the tide overtakes it as they are crossing the marsh. Nicholas reaches shore and finds quite a prize - a fortune in coin and the crown of the Empress Matilda. He is able to hide the treasure before he collapses from the ordeal and is eventually found by Miriel and another nun and nursed back to health.

Miriel follows Nicholas when he leaves and convinces him to escort her to safety in a new town, but when he falls asleep the lure of the crown and the silver is too much and believing she's entitled to some for saving his life she takes what she considers her fair share and soon sets herself up in the wool business. Unable to trace her, Nicholas cuts his loses and uses what is left of the treasure to purchase a ship or two and begins shipping goods. Miriel eventually marries twice, but neither marriage is for love and both are older men. Her second husband Robert is ambitious and controlling and will stop at nothing to achieve his ends, including murder. Of course fate ordains that Nicholas and Miriel's path will cross again - will it develop into love or hate for her betrayal? What will Robert do when he realizes the two have a past connection?

Well, you know I'm not telling - read it for yourself.
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