The Conquest Hardcover – 1 Feb 1996
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A tale of love, betrayal, conflict and loss across two generations, set during the Norman Conquest. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I have read several books by this writer and once again it was a book I couldn't put down as I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. A book well worth purchasing.Published 13 months ago by Ms W
Lots of action, but a story in 2 parts, could it have really happened?Published 13 months ago by Miss M Rigert
Beginning in 1065 and ending in 1088 , this book covers the Norman Conquest and its devastating effect on a young Saxon wife Ailith who befriends a Norman wine merchant's wife,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gary Selikow
Thoroughly enjoy the way Elizabeth Chadwick brings a period to life, and feel you can relate to the charactersPublished 19 months ago by Pamela Sexty
What a joy to read! Loved it. Wonderful evocation of England at this time.Published 22 months ago by Pippa