The Handfasted Wife : Daughters of Hastings

  • by Carol McGrath
  • Narrated by Heather Wilds
  • Series: Daughters of Hastings
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Moving, and vastly informative, a real page-turner of a historical novel." (Fay Weldon)


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No, the book Subject was very interesting. But the reader was terrible. Inflections were very odd. I don't know who speaks thatway. You never knew when a sentence ended. Very difficult to enjoy the book I'm going to put it on my kindle and read it myself!

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beautiful feminine history

engrossing and beautifully told. It's nice to have been able to journey to this time in history thru the eyes if a very brave woman
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio