â€˜Moving, and vastly informative, a real page turner of a historical novel.â€™ - Fay Weldon
The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Haroldâ€™s common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her childrenâ€™s destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to Williamâ€™s camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Haroldâ€™s body on the battlefield and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage.
This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival and reconciliation. Based on the historical story of Edith Swan-Neck, The Handfasted Wife tells the story of 1066 from the perspective of the royal women.