Fresh from the Battle of Hastings, William of Normandy has returned home in triumph, accompanied by the English nobles he cannot trust to be left behind.
But Waltheof of Huntingdon is not thinking of rebellion; from the moment he sees Judith, daughter of the king's formidable sister, he knows he has found his future wife. The attraction is mutual, but in mediaeval Europe marriage has little to do with love.
When William refuses to let the couple wed, Waltheof joins an uprising against him. William brutally crushes the rebellion but realises that it would be unwise to ignore Waltheof and his demands.
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I always re-read books I love many times, and this one definitely quallifies
Simon. I loved the way he never gave up, no matter what life threw at him.
He's a brilliant narrator, but I think this was his best yet.
The Winter Mantle
This was a poigniant read, full of power and emotion, and the struggle between different classes and cultures. Elizabeth Chadwick has a way of vividly bringing to life whatever period of history she's tackling, and her fictional portrayals of real life characters are well researched and sympathetic.