This was actually first published in 1998 but owing to the present popularity of historical fiction, the publishers have sensibly re-issued for it is a glorious medieval tale of war, court customs and a spirited girl who wants to make something of her life so trains to be a midwife! It’s a bit different and really good.
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The year is 1140 and England is torn by the strife of civil war. Oliver Pascal chances upon a village raided by mercenaries and rescues the survivors: an orphaned boy, who is the illegitimate son of the old king, and his mother's maid, a young widow named Catrin. After escorting them to Bristol Castle, they are accepted into the household of Robert of Gloucester and while Catrin finds herself falling in love with Oliver she suffers a deep boredom at the frivolity of court life. Thus when the old midwife Etheldreda offers to teach her the secrets of her ancient art, Catrin agrees. But the midwife's life is fraught with dangers, not least Oliver's own personal fears which threaten their relationship, but also in the shape of two men, both killers and both of whom threaten the couple's lives. However, Catrin is determined to pursue her career and keep Oliver and while England fights a civil war, she battles for her love and for her vocation.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Publication date: 19/01/2006
Publisher: Time Warner Books
|Publication date:||19th January 2006|
|Publisher:||Time Warner Books|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated as one of the Top Ten landmark historical novelists of the decade by Historical Novel Society founder Richard Lee. Elizabeth’s nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. Her latest novels showcase meticulous research into one of medieval history’s most fascinating female figures, brought gloriously to life in this trilogy. Eleanor of Aquitaine was queen consort of both ...More About Elizabeth Chadwick