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An Endless Exile Paperback – 4 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Bladud Books (4 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843192721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843192725
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,763,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Endless Exile by Mary Lancaster opens with the death of Hereward. Somewhere around 1032, Hereward the Wake was born at Bourne. He inherited extensive lands in Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. Later he was the leader to the English resistance against William the Conqueror. He is believed to have died around 1072. It is in this period of bloody Britain history Lancaster pens her tale.
It's a first person, very personal view of a Flemish woman, Torfrida, who later marries Hereward, in a time that was turbulent in British History. Lancaster has an easy voice, quickly pulling you into the saga. She strongly evokes the senses, to make you "see" the story as it unfolds. After the opening of Hereward's death, we move with a flashback to when Hereward and she were much younger. Sent as a 12-year-old child bride to Robert de Ghent, she is a shock to his family. Her parents set the betrothal by misrepresenting Torfrida's youth. Robert is in love with Lucy, Hereward's sister, and slowly Torfrida comes to love Hereward, though at time he exasperates her, even makes her hate him for his unbending rebellious streak.
It's richly researched, with a strong eye to historical details, the sort of historical saga you see so rarely today. You still see smaller presses putting out these sort of strong dramas in Britain, but US seems to think these are not popular. Well, the rise of e-books sales is telling a different story. The readers are there, just they have a hard time finding the sort of books they want. E-book publishers are cleaning up on NYC publishers' shortsightedness. And that Lancaster is not in print is most definitely shortsighted!
Lancaster gives an amazing tale, that totally fascinated me, spellbound me. The young Hereward and Torfrida were amazing; they were so vivid, alive.
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Endless Exile is a really excellent 'meaty' read. An historical who did what, when and with Hereward, the Eleventh century rebel who defied William the Conqueror and won. As well as being a fascinating portrayal of the divisions between the Saxons and their Norman invaders it also centres on Hereward's wife, a Flemish lady who had an extraordinarily independent life for that time. Torfrida is the real hero of the story; smart, sassy and rather sharp tongued because of the suffering she endures being the wife of a man so involved in the violence and politics of the time. This is an historical romance that does not get bogged down in the history as it is also a story of love, murder and betrayal, bringing the past vividly to life through Torfrida's experiences. This is a love story which any modern woman can relate to as Hereward is not inclined to communicate about his feelings! Torfrida, hurt and lonely is determined to find out who murdered him, as well as trying to understand what their relationship meant to her and why it went wrong. She learns that nothing is so simple - but you'll have to read the book to find that out!

This is an excellent first book from an author we will undoubtedly see more of in the future.
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This is the story of Hereward the Wake, 11th century legendary hero, that defied and defeated William the Conqueror of England and/or William the Bastard of Normandy. His is a turbulent life, constantly testing his boundaries with his family and friends. The story is told from his wife's, Torfrida's, point of view and she gives a through account of her life before, during and after Hereward comes on the scene.
She meets him as a young girl who is betrothed to Hereward's Godfather's son, Robert. That doesn't work out and Torfrida returns to her native Flanders where several years later Hereward and she fatefully meet again. As Torfrida remembers her life with Hereward, the good times and many times the bad, she questions Hereward's murder and tries to get to the bottom of it.
This is an action packed story following Torfrida & Hereward's stormy but passionate relationship. There is never a dull moment and the pages seem to fly by! Hereward was/is an enigmatic figure and he is brought back to life vividly in this novel!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Novel But Not for Learning More about Hereward the Wake 12 Feb. 2015
By Seana James - Published on Amazon.com
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This is essentially a romance novel wrapped up in a story from history. While it gives us a view of Hereward the Wake, there's very little here to hang a historical portrait on. I liked the narrator and the plot was interesting, but a novel steeped in history this was not. It was a story of two difficult people trying to love during a difficult time and it succeeded in its aims, but it could have been set in nearly any time and any country and succeeded just as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction to Remember.... 29 Dec. 2014
By Lesley Augedahl - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a historical fiction....of adventure, of strength, of (not always loving) relationships, of pride, and of challenges....you will enjoy the character development and obstacles, you will feel the emotion of the main character. I loved the main character, her strength, her wit, her wisdom...I have a hard time with characters that forgive to easily when their heart has been broken, but like the love of her life, he is her strength and her weakness. It's a book that I will not forget, Lancaster has an amazing story that embeds into your imagination.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it so much 26 Oct. 2015
By favAR - Published on Amazon.com
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I love romance and love stories, especially those between husband and wife. Nobody knows the full life story of Hereward the Wake and his wife Torfrida. How they died, the challenges in their marriage. But I love Mary Lancaster's version of them. I know most of this is fiction but it's the kind of fiction that keeps me awake all night and wanting for more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Novel 19 Oct. 2013
By Patricia Rodels - Published on Amazon.com
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I found myself thinking about this book even when I wasn't reading it. It completely consumed me and I had to begin reading it again. The love story of Hereford and Torfrida simply was spellbinding and had me hoping that they would have a fairytale ending. It truly had an unexpected ending! One that held my attention right to the very end! Simply loved this novel and one that I will read again and again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Number one 13 May 2014
By avid eye - Published on Amazon.com
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Lancaster has become my favorite new author. Excellent prose. I particularly liked the way the story line bounced back and forth in time, and the opening sentance hooked me in, I could not put this book down. As in her book about Dracula, the male lead is the shining, bigger then life bad boy that holds my attention.
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