The Siege Winter

The Siege Winter

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 1141 AD: King Stephen is warring with his cousin Empress Matilda over the throne of England. Every cathedral, every castle, every seat of power will swear fealty to one or the other - but not every stronghold is as strategic or as valuable as Kenniford Castle in Oxfordshire. Its mistress, 16 year old Maud of Kenniford swears fealty to Stephen, but Matilda's forces have decreed that she marry the odious John of Tewing.

L ife in the Fenlands carries on as usual - that is until the mercenaries ride through the marsh. And a small red-haired girl named Em is snatched and carried off. After the soldiers have finished with her they leave her for dead. But fenland girls are not easy to kill. Although she has lost all memory of her past life including her name, Em survives and falls under the protection of Gwyl, a Breton archer. Together Gwyl and his new protege--now crop-headed and disguised as a boy--travel through the countryside giving archery exhibitions. But there is one man who hasn't forgotten the little red-haired girl. He has some unfinished business with her and he is determined to finish it.

And one freezing winter in an Oxfordshire castle completely besieged, he might well get his chance...

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2015.
ISBN: 9780143183495
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Norman, Samantha
Franklin, Ariana


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Jan 12, 2016

Very well written.

Sep 14, 2015

The time period represented in this novel is often referred to as "the anarchy" when Empress Matilda and her cousin King Stephen battled for the crown of England. Fans of Ellis Peter's "Brother Caulfael" series will also recognize the time period as the background for those terrific historical mysteries. Also during this time period - Ken Follett's " The Pillars of the Earth" (which I have yet to read but I will the next time I have 3000 Hours to kill)

I Think the daughter did a fine job stepping in for her late mother to finish writing this novel. I was a big fan of Ariana Franklin.

May 02, 2015

Since I enjoyed the series Mistress of the Art of Death, I was happy to find this book. A good read, especially if you enjoy early history.

Apr 14, 2015

A good medieval setting and some well drawn characters made this a book that sweeps you off to another time and place.

Mar 17, 2015

This final book from Ariana Franklin ("Mistress Of The Art Of Death" series) will be a hit with her readers, as well as fans of Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Penman, and George R.R. Martin. Franklin never sugarcoats the brutal time of the war between Stephen and Matilda, aka "The Time When Christ and all His Saints slept"; violence and mayhem, destroying the lives of the powerful as well as the powerless. Yet the story of reluctant soldier Gwil and his adopted daughter Pen shine like a light in the darkness

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