A tale of the Dark Ages.,
This review is from: Hild (Hardcover)
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Hild is a young girl taken to the court of King Edwin by her mother, both to protect the child and to get close to the king. She comes to the attention of Edwin as Hild has the gift of prophecy. Hild reads the signs of nature and observes human behaviour to make her remarkably accurate predictions. At court she becomes seer to the king and he expects her to predict events. Showered with gifts Hild becomes wealthy and maintains her own household, but she also becomes a warrior.
There are those who are suspicious of her and believe she is a witch. Set in an era when superstition still prevails there comes a conflict of religious beliefs as Christianity begins to spread.
The British Isles are made up of small 'kingdoms' and there are many battles fought by Edwin and other Lords to gain overall kingship.
Hild in later years becomes known as St. Hilda of Whitby after embracing the Christian religion.
A well written book. Some excellent description of battles and journeys made in the days when lawlessness, poor roads and slow transport in bullock drawn carts were the norm. The different character's jealousies and superstitions are nicely drawn. There are no particularly likeable characters.