The Marsh King's Daughter Paperback – 2 Nov 2006
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The best writer of medieval fiction currently around (HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW)
One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is a stunning grasp of historical detail. Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable (Barbara Erskine)
Chadwick is a prize-winning novelist who does not romanticize what was often a dangerous and brutal time...Intelligent, enjoyable and entertaining (LIBRARY JOURNAL)
Reading an Elizabeth Chadwick is the next best thing to time travel. (Sharon Kay Penman)
* England in the closing days of the reign of King John is brought vividly to life by one of our finest historical novelists.See all Product description
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Miriel follows Nicholas when he leaves and convinces him to escort her to safety in a new town, but when he falls asleep the lure of the crown and the silver is too much and believing she's entitled to some for saving his life she takes what she considers her fair share and soon sets herself up in the wool business. Unable to trace her, Nicholas cuts his loses and uses what is left of the treasure to purchase a ship or two and begins shipping goods. Miriel eventually marries twice, but neither marriage is for love and both are older men. Her second husband Robert is ambitious and controlling and will stop at nothing to achieve his ends, including murder. Of course fate ordains that Nicholas and Miriel's path will cross again - will it develop into love or hate for her betrayal? What will Robert do when he realizes the two have a past connection?
Well, you know I'm not telling - read it for yourself. This was another outstanding saga from Elizabeth Chadwick, I simply cannot get enough of her books, and every one of them sends me back to another world, another time. This was a bit different from the author's usual story; you won't find any lords, ladies or knights in this one. Just a fascinating look at the ins and outs of the wool trade, an interesting foot note in history on the disappearance into the quicksand of King John's treasure. I really enjoyed the pairing of Nicholas and Miriel and as for Robert, what a delightfully OTT baddie. Oh, and for the record I do enjoy a good well-rounded bad guy, I just dislike it when authors use cheap tricks like yellow teeth and stinky breath *telling* me how bad the baddie is instead of *showing* me. Hats off to Ms. Chadwick for knowing the difference. Five stars.
This story involves the lives of Miriel Weaver and Nicholas de Caen. Miriel is physically and verbally abused by her stepfather continually until he decides against her will to dump her in a nunnery. She eventually excapes with the help of Nicholas whom she had nursed back to health in the convent infirmary. He had been a prisoner with King John's baggage train in 1216 carrying all the royal regalia until the fatal tide and quicksand ends everyone's life but his own. He takes a chest unknowingly containing a fortune in silver and Queen Mathilda's crown.
Literally down the road, Miriel parts Nicholas' company with some of the silver and Queen Mathilda's crown. He discovers this too late and becomes enraged and vows to one day get revenge. However, for much of the story they live out different lives with different people until they fatefully meet again.
I loved the detail and descriptions particularily concerning the wool trade, especially the different types of wool fabrics and colors. This book had me turning pages until 2 a.m. anticipating what would happen next. A very exciting read!
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