Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men. He is powerless to stop them. But a strange twist of fate brings them together again. Sheltering in a church, he finds the girl freezing cold, close to death, clutching a sliver of parchment. And now he is certain of what he must do. He will bring her back to life. He will train her to fight. And he will protect her from the man who calls himself a monk, who lost a piece of parchment he will do anything to get back ...An epic account of the brutal winter when Stephen and Matilda tore England apart in their battle for its crown - when atrocities were inflicted on the innocent, but bravery found a home in an old solider and a young girl.
A compelling tale of dark secrets, bravery and revenge, and the struggle for power against the dangerous backdrop of twelfth-century England. During the bleak winter of 1141, the Empress Matilda, daughter of the old king Henry I, and her cousin Stephen are locked in a deadly battle for England’s crown. Conscience-stricken mercenary Gwil rescues a redheaded child left for dead by soldiers, raising her as a fighter ready to seek and kill the men who hurt her. Meanwhile, chatelaine Maud is forced to marry a much older man and to endure the besieging of her castle home by enemy forces. All are threatened by the mysterious monk whose lost parchment was found in the hands of a dying child, and who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. This rich, imaginative and heart-wrenching work is acclaimed historical novelist Ariana Franklin’s final novel, completed posthumously by her daughter Samantha Norman.
'Winter Siege is a thrilling novel infused with the haunting spirit of the Cambridgeshire Fens, at turns rousing and chilling. Recommended.'
- James Wilde, author of the bestselling Hereward
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Publisher:||Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction,|
Ariana Franklin was born in Devon and, like her father, became a journalist. Having invaded Wales dressed in combat uniform with the Royal Marines for one of their military exercises, accompanied the Queen on a royal visit, missed her own twenty-first birthday party because she had to cover a murder, she married, almost inevitably, another journalist. At this point she decided that staying married was a good idea so she abandoned her career in national newspapers and settled down in the country to bring up two daughters, study medieval history and write. Ariana was the author of the acclaimed, award-winning ...More About Ariana Franklin