The Marsh King's Daughter

Author(s): Elizabeth Chadwick

Fiction

Unwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather. Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear. As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious novice. She plots to escape but her plans screech to a halt when a soldier of fortune, a half-dead Nicholas de Caen appears at the convent door. Once held captive by royalist troops, he has managed to escape their clutches with part of the royal regalia, but his flight has sapped all life from him.

Miriel nurses him with the vigor she has had suppressed in her imprisonment, and revives Nicholas, in whom she recognizes her own stubborn pride and independence. He is not only her kindred spirit, he is also her only way out. So upon his recovery and release, Miriel coerces her former patient into taking her with him.

Never one for nostalgia, Miriel has only seen Nicholas as a means of escape, and once out of the convent, the two part on bad terms. From this point forward, misfortune will plague Miriel's life until she runs into a new Nicholas, this time a famous soldier and merchant. Can the two now see past their pride and into each other's souls, formerly one and the same? Or have the ravages of a bloody war clouded their sight?

The critically-acclaimed author of The Love Knot and The Champion, Elizabeth Chadwick once again sheds light on the blood-stained Middle Ages by breathing life into legendary characters in The Marsh King's Daughter.

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'The best writer of mediaeval fiction currently around' - HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW 'Elizabeth Chadwick knows exactly how to write convincing and compelling historical fiction' - Marina Oliver 'Chadwick is a prize-winning novelist who does not romanticize what was often a dangerous and brutal time...Intelligent, enjoyable and entertaining' - LIBRARY JOURNAL

Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early medieval re-enactment society. She also tutors in the skill of writing historical and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for THE WILD HUNT, her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780751539400
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Sphere
  • : 0.332
  • : November 2006
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elizabeth Chadwick
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : 416
  • : Historical fiction