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Peaceweaver [Kindle Edition]

Judith Arnopp
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When Ælfgar of Mercia falls foul of the king and is exiled, his daughter Eadgyth’s life is changed forever. Sold into a disastrous marriage with Gruffydd ap Llewellyn, King of the Welsh, a man old enough to be her grandfather, Eadgyth ultimately finds herself accused of fornication, incest and treason. Alone in a foreign land, her life is forfeit until a surprise night attack destroys Gruffydd's palace, and Eadgyth is taken prisoner by Earl Harold of Wessex.
At the Saxon court she infiltrates the sticky intrigues of the Godwin family, and on the eve of his accession to the English throne, she agrees to marry Harold Godwinson. As William the Bastard assembles his fleet in the south, and Harald Hardrada prepares to invade from the North, their future is threatened, and the portentous date of October 14th 1066 looms.
Eadgyth’s tale of betrayal, passion and war highlights the plight of women, tossed in the tumultuous sea of feuding Anglo Saxon Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1644 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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My greatest loves have always been writing and history. Since I was very small I have had a book in one hand and a pen in the other. I spent my early adult life bringing up my four children and, when they were grown, I took myself to university where I studied English Literature and Creative Writing (BA) and Medieval Studies (MA). These days, I have progressed to writing the sort of books I love to read. Historical settings with a strong female lead.

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 and you can also follow my blog on Look for me on Facebook and twitter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story 17 Dec. 2009
By Poppy
When I started to read this book I was amazed at how quickly I was drawn into the medaeval world, the writing is so good I could almost smell it! By the time I was half way through I could not put it down, and fairly galloped through to the end. This author knows her subject, but has the added advantage of being able to bring alive the detail of life in the 11th century. We are with Eadgyth step by step through her tumultous life, and she and her family stay with us long after the book is finished.
If you want an enthralling read and love history - get this!

Laura H Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story on Harold's queen 9 Feb. 2011
History often recalls the hand-fasted wife of Harold Godwinson, last King of the Saxons, but little is known about his queen, Eadgyth, daughter of Earl Aelfgar of Mercia. She was a descendant of the Lady Godiva of Coventry legend, and the child-bride of a Welsh King before becoming Harold's queen. Author Judith Arnopp has weaved a wonderful tale of Eadgyth's life, interspersing fact, and fiction. Her meticulous research and unique storytelling made Peaceweaver a delightful read.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this book from start to finish, though I must admit that is very much my thing. For anyone who loves historical fiction from a woman's viewpoint, the late Anglo-Saxon period, down to earth detail, good research with a free use of imagination to fill in the gaps - this is excellent.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 6 July 2012
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This is the first book that I have read from this author and set in this time period and I loved it. I don't know how accurate the historical facts were but it was very interesting, the only thing I struggled with was the pronounciaton of the names, all wildly inaccurate I'm sure. I cannot begin to imagine being married at 13 and 5 children by the time she was about 21, I was 25 when I got married and thought that was too young! I enjoyed this so much that despite having approximately 300 unread books on my kindle I am going to buy another of Judith Arnopps'.
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By dee43
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A brilliant written book about the period of our history prior to 1066 and the effects of what happened afternoon. To get the full benefit you need to read the whole trilogy. You become entranced with how the Saxon ladies not only sufferred with the lost of their kingdom due to William the Conqueror invading England and how these ladies coped with life under the conqueror as well as their loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid evocation 14 Sept. 2010
Like most people I knew almost nothing about the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings: a few names, a couple of dates, the arrow-in-the-eye, the images from the Bayeux Tapestry and that was about it. I had never before stopped for a moment to imagine the lives and personalities of those involved. Now, after reading 'Peaceweaver', I feel like an expert on the whole era! But this novel is not just a matter of historical facts and statistics: it's the story of Eadgytha - a woman who experiences life (and boy, what a grindingly difficult and physically taxing life it was for just about everyone in those days!) on both sides of the border between Wales and England, before finding fleeting happiness as queen to the ill-fated Harold Godwinson. Arnopp's Eadgyth is a warm, emotionally credible figure and one for whom you find yourself really hoping for happiness. Her relationship with the larger-than-life and endearing Harold is particularly well told. I really enjoyed this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceweaver
Enjoyed reading this book. Good story takes you back to Saxon Britain and battle of Hastings from a woman's point of view.
Published 8 months ago by scrappynan
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Published 9 months ago by Louise Leashorne
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Another great Judith Arnopp book. Great characters, good story - I can't get enough of this author
Published 12 months ago by H Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars read this!
This everything Judith writes is just fabulous! Iwas gripped by the very first chapter. Read more
Published 13 months ago by elaine white
5.0 out of 5 stars giving an insight to life in saxon England in the years leading up to...
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 15 months ago by A. Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
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 more
Published 16 months ago by C L Wardle
4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceweaver.
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Susan Anne Luffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceweaver
This book kept me interested all the ways through. It was very well written and I enjoyed every page. Excellent read. More please.
Published 18 months ago by tecwynhughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful story
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 more
Published 20 months ago by Gill O'Rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceweaver
I really enjoyed this book. It is the second book of a trilogy and just as good as the first book. I will recommend them to my friends
Published 21 months ago by Joyapril
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