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The Conquest [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Chadwick
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1 Feb 1996
Set during the Norman Conquests, Ailith has a child by the already married Rolf. When his wife Arlette returns, Ailith and Julitta flee to London. After her mother's death, Julitta returns to Rolf at Ulverton and falls in love with Benedict, despite Arlette's attempts to stop the relationship.

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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (1 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316912220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316912228
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,480 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, Facebook/elizabeth.chadwick and on twitter: @Chadwickauthor

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Well written and exciting. (THE TIMES)

Thoroughly enjoyable. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

An author who makes history come gloriously alive. (ANNABEL) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A tale of love, betrayal, conflict and loss across two generations, set during the Norman Conquest. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Read, Unputdownable 9 Sep 2000
Ailith, is a young Saxon wife. It is the year in which she loses both her husband and young son, and the year in which the Normans come, not as friends, but in search of conquest. Ailith tries to kill herself but a handsome Norman man Rolf de Brize rescues her, he then decides to take her as his chatelaine at his English estate, although he has a wife and daughter in France, he and Ailith fall in love and have a daughter Julitta. Although later Ailith finds out things were not as they seem a discovery of a betrayal at the battle of Hastings's can she ever forgive? As I read this book I really felt in touch with the character's that is as a story should be, definitely a recommended read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read 14 May 2001
By A Customer
The second of Chadwick's novels I've read and this one is just as enjoyable as "The Champion". My only negative comment is that, like "The Champion", the ending is a little predicatable and nowhere near as strong as the rest of the novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I have an Amazon Friend who has been telling me for almost a year that she thought I would enjoy the novels of this English author. I was reluctant because I've read (and been disappointed by) books set in medieval times before, albeit by different authors, and I was not much interested in the historical period. Gladly I can say that the writing of Elizabeth Chadwick is on an entirely different level from my previous experience with this genre.

This is a wonderful book which takes place over a space of 23 years, from 1065 to 1088. All of the main characters, and there are quite a few of them, are written as complete people. Not just the good traits, not just the bad. People are never one dimensional in real life, why should we accept them when written that way in a novel? This particular author has a wonderful talent for letting the reader see all sides of a character so that they fit naturally within the story. Her descriptions of daily living, war, birth and death are vivid and compelling even if sometimes difficult, for those of us who are squeamish, to read about. Yes, the descriptions for the Battle of Hastings were unsettling for me to read but I know they reflect reality. War was never clean and sterile. It still isn't. The good thing is that this is not a book about war, it is a book about what impact that war had on the lives of these characters before, during and after that war.

The book is divided into two sections. The first centers around Ailith and the second around her daughter Julitta. I found it extremely interesting that Elizabeth Chadwick allowed both mother and daughter to make the same mistake, namely to put themselves in a position to love a man who could not be their husband.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 6 July 2001
By A Customer
a good read one of Ms Chadwick's best I'd say - I'd also suggest Helen Hollick's Harold the King, another good book that fits super as a prequel to this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner for the Author 17 Jan 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, this is an early medieval re-enactment society. Her writing in recent books has become much more accomplished. She now writes about the period with the convictions of her obvious knowledge of the subject and has also made a subtle change from writing what were in effect historical love stories (nothing wrong with that) to historical novels with a love interest.

Ailith, a young Saxon wife is sure that the sight of a comet in the night sky over England can bring nothing but good in spite of her husband's fears. But the year is 1066 and the bastard William is plotting at the other side of the channel. He is determined to stake his own claim and rest the English crown from the upstart Harold.

Within a year Ailith has had her husband and child taken from her and the Norman's are advancing. Ailif briefly finds love again with Rolf de Brize a handsome invader from the Norman side and bears him a daughter, but she discovers a betrayal she cannot and will not forgive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 30 Jan 2007
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Is that a word? If not it should be, at least when describing this author's books. The Conquest is really two books in one, telling the story of two generations as it opens shortly before the Norman invasion of 1066. Saxon Ailith loses her husband, brothers and new born child and attempts to take her own life, but is stopped by womanizing Norman knight Rolf de Brize. To avoid the romantic attentions of a London Goldsmith, Ailith accepts Rolf's offer to serve as chatelaine at his castle and (of course) love follows and they have a daughter Julitta. Eventually the relationship deteriorates, not helped by the fact that Rolf has a wife and daughter in Normandy.

The second half of the book tells the story of their daughter Julitta, reunited with her father after years of separation and she has to see her beloved Benedict marry her half sister who loves the church more than she loves her husband. Caught up in the revelries of a May Day celebration the actions of Julitta and Benedict have far reaching consequences on everyone's lives and.......

I'm not telling anymore, you have to read for yourself. Needless to say that once I picked the book up (and this is the second time around) I just could not put it down, and as with all of this author's books the way she brings the medieval period to life in such a graceful and effortless way, be it the sights, sounds, smells, food, clothes and battles is just awesome. Although her books are becoming rare and hard to find in the US they are readily available through UK and Canada and well worth the cost and effort to do so. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this down
I am completely entranced by Elizabeth Chadwick's hisororical tales and love the fact that some of the characters of her other novels make passing appearances or are referred to in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!
Beautifully written and 'bags' of background history about one of the most important times in the history of England. I have learnt so much about what happened in our past. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn P. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement copy
Lent my original copy out and didn't get it back. Needed a replacement for my bookshelf because this is probably the best book I have ever read! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Chadwick is the best!
The best history novel author, Elizabeth Chadwick's tales are enchanting and accurate, she makes you see the scenes and characters so vividly!
Published 5 months ago by Rodica Grigoras
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very good book for those who like myself enjoy reading historical novels. A very good writer, who takes you back in time to a turbulent time. Brilliant.
Published 6 months ago by michael may
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read.
This is the second novel I have read by this author, and I must say that the book made this period of history both colourful and interesting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel
Great story. Elizabeth Chadwick combines history with fact and fiction. A great read. Can't wait to read another of her novels.
Published 12 months ago by J G Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping history novel
This book takes you right back to the time of the Conquest with great story lines which are as close to historical fact as possible. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Barbara Latham
4.0 out of 5 stars carrie
Have only just started to read this book, and so far enjoying it, I do like
history, and Elizabeth Chadwicks books do bring history to life.
Published 22 months ago by carrie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jolly Good Read
I ordered this having read a recommendation written by the amazing Sharon Penman. OK, it's not of that sort of quality but it is a good read, full of interesting characters and... Read more
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