Pulls you into 11th century at the time of the Norman invasion of 1066 when William the Bastard defeated the Saxons and seized the throne from Earl Harold Godwinson. As Saxon England chafes under the Norman hoof, the beautiful Cleowyn whose family has been destroyed marries a Norman Lord Renaud, in order to keep her father's inheritance, Renaud was once a childhood friend bu she now detests him. Meanwhile the brave Aelfrun is enslaved by Scots raiders in Northern England and her small son lost. The villains of the peace, Roger do what they can to destroy of Cleowynn and her family, while the tension between Cleowyn and Renaud is molded painfully into something new. Surprising , terrifying and stupefying as new twists and turns, combines fact and fiction in a way that history of the period comes alive
William of Normandy is about to claim the throne of England...and families will be torn apart. Travel in history and times through the love story between the Norman knight Renaud de Lassay and the Saxon lady Ceolwynn.At first friends, then enemies and lovers, they shall be separated by life and will suffer a lot.Against all odds, Renaud shall never forget the promise he once made to a fair and lovely child.And Ceolwynn will surrender to her sweetheart. In this magnificent epic, Sarah Pernell depicts feudal England during the war between William the Norman and Harold the Saxon.Characters are brilliant and through the links between families and acquaintances, the author achieve to give an interesting story of history.
I really loved this book. I have always been fascinated with this time period in English history. As an American with English ancestors, I try to imagine what the events of 1066 would have felt like to the people who survived them. This book ranks with Valerie Anand's Gildenford trilogy as a magnificent depiction of those events and the feeling of being a conquered people. I was especially intrigued by the description of the Harrying of the North, such a cruel, calculated genocide is almost beyond imagining. I know such tragedies have occurred in modern times, but William's ruthless organization and execution of his plan was singular.
I can only urge you to read this book and discover the story for yourself. I so wish that Ms. Pernell would write more - she is an excellent storyteller.