The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Haroldas common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her childrenas destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to Williamas camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Haroldas body on the battlefield and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage. Elditha avoids an arranged marriage with a Breton knight by which her son might or might not be given into his care. She makes her own choice and sets out through strife-torn England to seek help from her sons in Dublin. However, events again overtake her. Haroldas mother, Gytha, holds up in her city of Exeter with other aristocratic women, including Eldithaas eldest daughter. The girl is at risk, drawing Elditha back to Exeter and resistance. Initially supported by Exeteras burghers the women withstand Williamas siege. However, after three horrific weeks they negotiate exile and the removal of their treasure. Elditha takes sanctuary in a convent where eventually she is reunited with her hostage son. This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival and reconciliation.The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Haroldas common-law wife.
|Title||:||The Handfasted Wife|
|Publisher||:||Accent Press Ltd - 2013-05-02|