The Handfasted Wife by Carol McGrath audiobook

The Handfasted Wife

By Carol McGrath
Read by Heather Wilds

Tantor Audio

The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy: Book 1

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200019212

  • ISBN: 9798200019205

  • ISBN: 9798200019229

Runtime: 12.15 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the 2014 RONA Romantic Novel of the Year Award

The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Harold's common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her children's destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to William's camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Harold's body on the battlefield and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage.
This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival and reconciliation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Moving, and vastly informative, a real page-turner of a historical novel.” Fay Weldon, Writers Guild Award–winning author
Moving, and vastly informative, a real page-turner of a historical novel. Fay Weldon
“The Battle of Hastings, between King Harold of England and Duke William of Normandy in 1066, is the setting for this fascinating work of historical fiction, narrated by Heather Wilds. Using crisp tones and a steady pace, Wilds delivers the adventures of Elditha Swanneck, King Harold’s handfasted (common law) wife. A woman from a well-established and powerful British family, Elditha draws upon her connections to other aristocratic women in the land. Wilds’ patrician pronunciation, flawless shifts from English to French, and minimal emotional engagement with the story are just what the tale requires. Luscious courtly scenes of lawmaking, negotiations, and domestic activities, including embroidery, are interspersed with ruthless battles, breathless escapes, and subtle intrigue.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Carol McGrath

Author Bio: Carol McGrath

Carol McGrath taught history and English for many years. She holds degrees in English and creative writing. She travels extensively, enjoys photography, and loves spending time with her two children and husband at their home and garden. McGrath lives in a very old village in England.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 12.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English