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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751529583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751529586
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,863 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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Elizabeth Chadwick is a disciplined and hugely talented storyteller...highly recommended. (HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW)

Elizabeth Chadwick knows exactly how to write convincing and compelling historical fiction (Marina Oliver)

The author blends authentic period detail with a modern convnention for emotional drama. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

An author who makes history come gloriously alive. (THE TIMES)

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* Blending real historical characters and situations, Elizabeth Chadwick's latest novel takes readers back in time to life and love in the eleventh century.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Chadwick has grown with each of her books. Her ability to transport her readers into the world of her characters has always been impressive, but in The Winter Mantle, this ability, in particular, shines. With her incredible attention to detail, she brings to life the Conqueror's England and Normandy and allows us to believe we are getting a glimpse of the real William and his family. This is not a 'fluff' book and Elizabeth Chadwick is not a fluff author; this is historical fiction at its best.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Stevens on 8 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have read a couple of Elizabeth Chadwick's books and they have always been a delight to read, the only problem being trying to put them down to get other things done! The Winter Mantle was no exception.

The Story starts with the main Characters Waltheof of Huntington being brought to Normandy as a 'guest' with some other nobles so King William can keep an eye on them. Waltheof is a lovely character friendly to a fault and caring, he notices Judith (Williams Niece) and instantly falls for her.
Judith is a much more reserved person, however she wants Waltheof too, but her life is based on duty and what is expected of her and this leads her through her life till the end.
When Waltheof does ask William to marry Judith he says no, but later when Waltheof helps a rebellion against William it is decided to allow the marriage to keep control of Waltheof, but the marriage does not run smoothly and soon choices have to be made regarding loyality and love.

There story leads to there Daughter's Matilda and her Husband together and we see how the past still lingers in there lifes.

The story is wonderfully written and is full of detail that transports you to that time where you feel like you are there watching it all unfold.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Winter Mantle begins in 1067 after The Conquest as Waltheof of Huntingdon and several other English nobles are kept under William's close eye in Normandy. Waltheof desires William's haughty niece Judith and is torn between making his peace with William and pressing suit for her hand or participating in further rebellion against the Norman conquerors. After one rebellion in the north fails, William forgives Waltheof and marries him to Judith, although she is torn between pride in her Norman ancestry and desire for her husband, and this eventually leads to discord in the marriage. Waltheof allows himself to be convinced to participate in one last attempt at overthrowing William, and this time with drastic results.

The story takes up with the second generation in the second half of the book. Norman courtier Simon de Senlis is sent to take charge of the lands Judith inherited from Waltheof at the behest of King William Rufus. Furious, the ever haughty Judith refuses to cooperate and wed Simon and he turns his eye to Matilda as a younger and more appealing choice...

Based on true people, this was a lively entertaining tale and I very much enjoyed how the author was able to take such a snotty piece of goods like Judith and humanize her in the end - it really was a love/hate relationship between she and Waltheof and in many ways those two warring emotions are very much the same. As with all of her books, Chadwick has an amazing knack of bringing the medieval period to life, be it the sights, sounds, smells, food, clothing and more. Highly recommended and a side note that the tiny baby at the very end of the book has his own story in The Falcons of Montabard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Bell on 29 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Set in the years after the Norman Conquest, The Winter Mantle begins with the Waltheof and Judith, one an English captive and the other a Norman and the niece of William of Normandy. They should hate each other, right? They marry for love (or lust), though not all is a bed of roses. The story continues on into the next generation with their daughter, Matilda, and Simon de Senlis, a young Norman knight.

Chadwick's historical fiction is always top-notch. She really knows how to transport her readers back into another time, into the lives of people who jump off the page, even though they've been dead for hundreds of years. I love how she makes the reader become emotionally invested in her characters, even though you might not like them--Judith certainly isn't my favorite of Chadwick's heroines, but I really got involved in her story. According to Chadwick's note at the end, it's been popularly believed that Judith held some responsibility for betraying her husband to William, but the author handles this detail very well, I thought. And Waltheof is certainly no William Marshal, but I was sympathetic towards him, too.

Another thing I love about this book is how well-researched it is. Chadwick probably spends more time and exerts more energy researching her settings and people than other authors do, and it certainly shows here. The Winter Mantle covers thirty years of history, but Chadwick doesn't skimp on anything to give her readers a sweeping novel about love, hope and faith. I have a copy of The Falcons of Montabard on my ever-growing TBR pile, and I have about a half dozen more EC books on order.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By annama on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I greatly appreciated this book: the historical period has been portraited with this writer's usual competence, and if you've read something else by her fully know that she makes you appreciate the look and feel of history without being boring or bookish. You find yourself into the story and when something or someone drags you out you wonder what cars and fridges and traffic lights are, if you get my meaning...
It's the same with this book too: with the added bonus that at first you think your hero and heroine are Judy and Waltheof, and can't believe he's not going to come out unscathed from the difficult situation he has created (you are halfway through the story, after all, the hero must stay alive and well till the end, there are lots of pages to go...). Then you discover that there is entirely another story, and a brand new hero whose character is much more complex and intriguing than the first.
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