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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: ACCENT PRESS (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909520470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909520479
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Moving, and vastly informative, a real page turner of a historical novel -- Fay Weldon McGrath's research into the medieval quotidian is superb, and beautifully translated into a pastoral fiction in the tradition of Hardy * Historical Novel Society * This is an era and a family that I can't get enough of reading and the author surely did them justice... Carol McGrath has done impeccable research and is so very knowledgeable on these troubled times -- Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages

About the Author

Carol McGrath taught History and English for many years in both the state and private sectors. She left teaching to work on a MA in Creative Writing from Queens University Belfast, then an MPhil in English at Royal Holloway, London, where she developed her expertise on the Middle Ages. The idea to tell the story about the death of King Harold told from the viewpoint of his common law wife, Edith Swan-Neck, first came to her on a visit to Bayeux with the Launton/Gavray Twinning Society, which she chaired. Carol is married with two children and runs a business with her husband. She also reviews books for the Historical Novels Review.

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Richard Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid insight into the collapse of Saxon life
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story,expertly written and well researched.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well sourced and researched...bit of a drab ending
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edith Swanneck
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty sound debut historical novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hastings from a female viewpoint
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars She and Harold had a love story and she considered herself to be his wife ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A queen but not a queen
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