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Peaceweaver [Paperback]

Judith Arnopp
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Book Description

15 Nov 2009
Eadgyth Ælfgarsottir's story begins when she is sold into marriage to Gruffydd ap Llewellyn, King of the Welsh; a man old enough to be her grandfather. At Rhuddlan she discovers both friendship and romance, but from a man who is not her husband. Ultimately she finds herself accused of treason, fornication and incest until a surprise night attack destroys Gruffydd's palace and Eadgyth is captured by the Saxons. After the betrayal and murder of Gruffydd, Eadgyth, separated from her sons, is taken to the court of Edward the Confessor. There, desperate to be reunited with her children, she befriends the queen and her feminine charms enable her to infiltrate the sticky intrigues of the Godwin family. An unexpected proposal of marriage from Earl Harold provides the opportunity she requires and, on his accession to the throne, she agrees to become his queen. However, her security is threatened as William the Bastard assembles his fleet in the south and Harald Hardrada prepares to invade from the North. The portentous date of October 14th 1066 looms. Eadgyth tells a tale of loss, betrayal, passion and war and highlights the plight of women, tossed in the tumultuous sea of feuding Anglo Saxon Britain. Chapters can be viewed on the website.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn; 1st Edition edition (15 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849234779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849234771
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live on a smallholding in West Wales with my husband, John, and two of our grown-up children. We used to do the whole self sufficiency thing but the fox ate all the chickens, the slugs ate all the lettuce and ill health forced us to give up the battle. Now we care for our daughter's three elderly ponies and wrestle with our two very naughty Jack Russells.

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. These days, I have progressed to this wonderful machine which allows me to write the sort of books I love to read. Historical settings with a good strong lead female.

One of the great tragedies of history is that monastic chroniclers didn't think women sufficiently important enough to give them space on the record. This has caused women to be under-represented and, in my opinion, also often incorrectly cateogorised. Of course, the male section of medieval society tried to suppress their women; it still happens today but that doesn't mean that every one 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 the lionheart's behalf until he could come to 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. 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 'displayed a courage far above their sex as to surprise and disconcert their men' and they are the type of women you will find in my novels.

you can find more information and exerpts from my novels on and also follow my blog on

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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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bolder 26 Jan 2010
Every time I picked Peaceweaver up I was reluctant to put it down, often reading until 2a.m.It is my habit to skim, at least the first time, most books, but with this one I read every word, drawn in from the first to last page. Reading about our history has never been so enthralling and I recommend Peaceweaver to anyone who enjoys historical novels.i. May we have more like it Judith Arnopp
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceweaver 7 Nov 2012
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Judith Arnopp's historical fiction novel Peaceweaver commences in the troubled years leading up to 1066, a pivotal year in English history.

Eadgyth's childhood is a happy one, with memories of family, warm luxurious homes, obedient servants and plentiful food. This all comes to an abrupt end when her father offends King Edward by expressing his opinions regarding the infiltration of Normans into Edward's Court and is exiled to Ireland.

Eadgyth, her servant, Anwen, and family flee to King Diarmaid's Court. Ireland is a dreary place, weather and accommodations in particular, and Eadgyth has difficulties adjusting. Her father bonds with his old enemy, the Welsh, against Edward. The price for this alliance? Eadgyth.

Eadgyth is swiftly married to Gruffydd ap Llewelyn and dropped on the shores of Wales, along with her faithful servant Anwen, never to see her father or mother again. She is 13 and her husband 50. The Welsh language is foreign, as are their customs.

Gruffydd is a tyrant, disliked by his wife, servants and subjects alike. A once congenial man, he is embittered by the death of his first wife in childbirth. He shuns his youngest son. Gruffydd spends the majority of his time in field campaigning, for which his wife and household is grateful.

Eadgyth gradually learns the native tongue and makes the best of her situation, integrating herself into the Welsh way of life. She bears Gruffydd two sons, who become the focus of her life.

She is grieved to discover her husband's infidelities. A illicit love of her own grows, one which torments her soul but proves irresistible. An affair doomed to end in tragedy and Eadyth's confinement, her life granted only due to Gruffydd's need of her father's support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex and the Saxons 16 July 2012
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This is the Battle of Hastings and the years leading up to it from a woman's point of view. I've always had a soft spot for King Harold, so out of curiosity I downloaded this book. It's written in the first person as Eadgyth, the woman who married Harold and bore his posthumous twins.
The author, Judith Arnopp has woven a story from scant historical threads, and it works well. I enjoyed it; my title is more or less accurate in that Eadgyth is a Saxon and is married and widowed twice and has had a lover and borne five children by the time she is twenty-one. There is both sex and romance in the book, as well as childbirth, war and death.
Towards the end the misplaced apostrophes increase a little, and the verb "pour" is for liquids; you "pore" over books!
I was glad to read that Harold was seldom to be seen without his hawk on his hand, which in my book is a quote from Stanley Holloway (I put the aitches in)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars historical treat 16 Nov 2013
By eunice
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easy reading ,loved the subject,some historical facts distorted ,but what the hell ,,its fiction.have already downloaded her other books !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written. 3 Sep 2013
By Vee
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So pleased to have found another author that I'm sure I'll enjoy reading. Peaceweaver is my first Judith Arnopp novel and I'm loving the story so far. The characterisation is very good and it is easy to like and identify with the main character.
I'm halfway through this book and it is very hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars peaceweaver 31 July 2012
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Brilliant a really good read AS GOOD AS MANTLE easier reading..recommended as a beach read. put yourself into the time and enjoy
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's view of life before the invasion and how they coped...
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. Read more
Published 3 days ago by dee43
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 27 days 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 1 month 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 3 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 3 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 6 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 6 months ago by Joyapril
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely historical read
Set in the period around 1066 this book deals with the perspective of Harold's 'church married' wife. As the author says she has taken liberties with history... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. G. A. Chesney-Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great
There was a good book in this idea but I did not think this was it really. Cannot really put my finger on what was wrong with it.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceweaver
Not bad but a lot of drivel to read to get to the plot. Enjoyed the historical notes the best
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Reynolds
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