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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HXNDCC
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- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the great tragedies of history is that monastic chroniclers didn't believe women were important enough to be given space on the record. This has caused women to be under-represented and, in my opinion, also often incorrectly categorised. The male section of medieval society tried to suppress their women; it still happens today but not all of them bowed down to male authority.
There were women like Aethelflaed who ruled Mercia for thirty four years, led armies against the vikings, refortified the Roman towns of Chester and Tamworth, founded Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Warwick and Stafford. Eleanor of Aquitaine who, among other things, ruled England on behalf of her son, King Richard I until he could claim his throne. Margaret of Anjou who fought unsuccessfully for her son's rights, and Margaret Beaufort whose campaign to put her son, Henry VII, on the throne was rather more successful. Katherine Parr and Katherine of Aragon who ruled triumphantly as regents while Henry VIII fought in France. Mary Banks who, along with her daughters and a handful of servants, withstood a siege at Corfe castle on behalf of King Charles during the civil war.
These are just a few examples of women who moved outside their prescribed role and they are the type of women you will find in my novels.
There is more information and excerpts from my novels on www.juditharnopp.com and you can also follow my blog on http://juditharnoppnovelist.blogspot.com/ Look for me on Facebook and twitter.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you want an enthralling read and love history - get this!
Laura H Smith
When Eadgyth's father barters her to the Welsh King, Gruffydd ap Llewellyn, she endures exile in an alien world with only her loyal servant Anwen for comfort. She submits to Gruffydd's cold and cruel attentions, and bears children for a husband more than twice her age. But sons are not the only joy of Eadgyth's life, when she finds a forbidden love. As unexpected as it is, another drastic change comes when her husband learns of the affair, just before his downfall.
Swept away to England by the charismatic Harold Godwinson, Eadgyth enters the English court of Edward the Confessor. Harold's unabashed pursuit of her re-awakens a love she never thought to feel again, but specters of Harold's past always intrude on their happiness. On the eve of Hastings, Eadgyth risks her safety to be by the side of a man she never thought she would love, as he faces the greatest threat his kingdom has ever known.
The period before the Norman Conquest of 1066 is a long-time favorite of mine. I found many things remarkable about Peaceweaver, the most important being that Queen Eadgyth was so young during this tumultuous period in England. She must have been a remarkable woman to bear the attentions of her first husband, and survive the difficult reign of her second husband.Read more ›
I knew nothing about Eadgyth and found this version of her story fascinating. She is depicted as a warm, flawed, human being who strives to behave well in the most difficult of situations. The descriptions of battle are exciting and Judith Arnopp does not flinch from describing birth, death and the misery that war brings with it. The warm and sometimes unexpected friendships that develop lift the story and prevent it from becoming depressing. The importance of the role of peaceweaver is very well portrayed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading this book. Good story takes you back to Saxon Britain and battle of Hastings from a woman's point of view.Published 12 months ago by scrappynan
Another great Judith Arnopp book. Great characters, good story - I can't get enough of this authorPublished 16 months ago by H Clarke
This story...like everything Judith writes is just fabulous! Iwas gripped by the very first chapter. Read morePublished 17 months ago by elaine white
This is an enthralling book, giving an insight to life in saxon England in the years leading up to the Norman Conquest - a thumping good read.Published 19 months ago by A. Connor
It's not often I put a book down but I couldn't finish this at all. No clue about the protagonist except the fact that she's fat. No concept of how she develops as a person. Read morePublished 20 months ago by C L Wardle
Very good storyline but I think the main protagonist needed to be stronger. I can understand the need to parallel the female fragility in a world of men but I think she could have... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Susan Anne Luffman
This book kept me interested all the ways through. It was very well written and I enjoyed every page. Excellent read. More please.Published 22 months ago by tecwynhughes
Peaceweaver is a fascinating story of King Harold and his second wife, I had read about his first wife who wasn't married to him in church, and he had to have a legal marriage with... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Gill O'Rourke