The Winter Mantle Paperback – 3 Oct 2002
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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)
* Blending real historical characters and situations, Elizabeth Chadwick's latest novel takes readers back in time to life and love in the eleventh century.See all Product description
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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.
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.
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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