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The Winter Mantle [Paperback]

Elizabeth Chadwick
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Book Description

18 Jan 2007

Fresh from his defeat of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, William of Normandy has returned home in triumph, accompanied by the English nobles he cannot trust to leave behind. For Waltheof of Huntingdon, however, rebellion is not at the forefront of his thoughts. From the moment he catches sight of Judith, daughter of the King's formidable sister, he knows he has found his future wife.

When Waltheof saves Judith's life, it is clear that the attraction is mutual. But marriage has little to do with love in mediaeval Europe. William refuses to let the couple wed and Waltheof joins an uprising against him. William crushes the rebellion but decides the best way to keep Waltheof in check is to agree to the marriage.

But is the match between Saxon earl and Norman lady one made in heaven or hell? As their children grow, Waltheof and Judith must choose between their feelings for each other and older loyalties...

Based on an astonishing true story, THE WINTER MANTLE reaches from the turbulent reign of William the Conqueror to the high drama of the crusades...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (18 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075153840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751538403
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! 24 July 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sheer Pleasure! 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Mantle 29 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Another very readable book by Elizabeth Chadwick who achieves a uniqe blending of fact with fiction to create books you cannot put down!
The Winter Mantle is really two stories of successive generations combined in one novel - a device which Elizabeth Chadwick has previously used to good effect (cf "Children of Destiny"). It is well written and full of detailed information about mediaeval life, particularly aspects of arms and armour, and it is this detail which makes it possible for the reader to become really immersed in the story, almost to the extent of feeling part of it.
All in all, excellent value for money.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based On a True Story 18 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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. She has now written quite a number of books and has received many accolades for her writing.

Fresh from his victory over the usurper Harold at Hastings, Duke William of Normandy, known to one and all as William the Bastard has returned home in triumph, accompanied in his retinue by a number of English nobles he cannot trust to leave behind his back.. But for one man Waltheof of Huntingdon rebellion is the furthest thing from his mind. From the second he see Judith, daughter of the King's sister he is determined that she will be his wife and soon it is apparent that the attraction is mutual. But love play little or no part in a marriage in medieval times and William refuses to allow the pair to marry.

This only spurs Waltheof to join a rebellion against the King. After crushing the uprising William decides that the best way to curb Waltheof's rebellious spirit is to allow the marriage to take place. But will the marriage of a Saxon Earl and a Norman lady bring its own problems. As their children grow Waltheof and Judith must make a choice between their own feeling and much older loyalties . . .

The author's style is slowly changing, to my way of thinking for the better, but what does remain constant is her knowledge of the period about which she writes and her ability to draw the reader into the story, until they could almost be there. This is a rare talent indeed. This book covers the period from the start of the Conqueror's reign through to the crusades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-written medieval tale based upon true events
Set in 1067, with the Norman Conquest of England still a fresh and bleeding wound, this is the story of William the Conqueror's niece, Judith, and her marriage to the English... Read more
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I love this author, the story is exciting and I think it has a feeling of authenticity about it. I shall certainly read more from her.
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I discovered Elizabeth Chadwick some months ago and consequently, have been reading her books as fast as I can get through them. Read more
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Having read Time of Singing by Elizabeth Chadwick, I decided to read about William Marshal and I was not disappointed It is easy to follow and history came alive I will be looking... Read more
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Bit slow to start with and took time to work out how everyone was connected. But definitely worth the perserverance.
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I would have given 4.5 stars I enjoyed the book very much and it is good news that there are many more books by this author.
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