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When a comet appears in the sky over England in 1066, Ailith, a young Saxon wife, feels sure that it can only bode well, in spite of her husband's fears. With a child on its way, the couple are prosperous and content. Yet, within a year, Ailith's joy turns to heartache as her husband and her child are taken from her and the conquering Normans advance.
Ailith's grief turns t
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Kindle Edition, 574 pages
Published (first published April 1st 1996)
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Sharon Penman
This is very well-written story of the conquest of England by the Normans in 1066, and the impact it has upon two families, one Saxon, one Norman. Like all of Elizabeth's novels, it is meticulously researched. It has two passionate love stories, a solid grounding in the politics of the era, and a vivid depiction of the Battle of Hastings. I would definitely recommend it.
Misfit
Unputdownable! Is that a word? If not it should be, at least when describing this author's books. The Conquest is really two books in one, telling the story of two generations as it opens shortly before the Norman invasion of 1066. Saxon housewife Ailith loses her husband, brothers and new born child and attempts to take her own life, but is stopped by womanizing Norman knight Rolf de Brize. To avoid the romantic attentions of a London Goldsmith, Ailith accepts Rolf's offer to serve as chatelain ...more
Parvathy
Historical fiction has always been my cup of tea and THE CONQUEST by Elizabeth Chadwick is no different. It has all the elements that are sure to make a good historical novel and such vivid and accurate descriptions you can be sure that the author has done her homework before writing this book. I find it very difficult to imagine a era as old as 1066,let alone write about it and to write about such an era with such disarming accuracy is unnerving. Kudos!! to the author for delivering a nice dose ...more
Allie
England & Normandy 1065-1088. I would consider The Conquest a historical romance but written just as well as her historical fiction. There are a few cameos of real historical figures (William the Conqueror, his sons and even someone I had to Wikipedia, Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar or "El Cid").

I loved the journey you are taken on in this book through England and Normandy. The book starts off with some real page turning events such as The Battle of Hastings and King Williams coronation. The MC Ailit
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Regan Walker
Poignant Tale of Two Loves Set Against the William’s Conquest of England

The story begins in 1065 (and continues through 1088), as Ailith, wife to Goldwin the Armorer, watches her younger teenage brothers serve the new English King Harold Godwinson as his bodyguards. Her husband makes them the Danish war axes, which they wield. But a storm is gathering as the Harald Hardrada, King of Norway and William, Duke of Normandy both seek to rule England. Rolf de Brize, a Norman horse breeder prepares his
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Denise
For me, a really good book is one that you can't wait to continue reading once you've started. Not so with this book. The plot meandered here and there, the characters were weak and the ending was predictable. I'm currently reading about the Anglo-Saxon period before and after the Battle of Hastings (1066) so I was very interested in reading this book but I felt disappointed afterwards. Every author will occasionally toss out a "not so great" book from time to time so I'll read another of this a ...more
Graceann
I have one bit of advice regarding reading Elizabeth Chadwick novels, especially in paperback. Do NOT read the back cover. Although I didn't realize it, most of the major plot points are given away in that tiny bit of description. It is a testament to Miss Chadwick's skill as a writer that I was still interested in how the story would unfold.

Ailith is happily married to an armourer in the days leading up to the Battle of Hastings. She is expecting a child, her brothers are huscarls to King Haro
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Gary
Beginning in 1065 and ending in 1088 , this book covers the Norman Conquest and its devastating effect on a young Saxon wife Ailith who befriends a Norman wine merchant's wife, Felice at a time when hostility is growing towards Normans in England
Ailith's two bothers are killed in the Battle of Hastings, her infant son dies and her husband is killed at William the Conqueror's coronation.
She tries to commit suicide but is stopped by Rold de Brize, a Norman merchant, and is taken to be paramour of
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Joyce
This book was amazing. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. Elizabeth Chadwick was able to take me back to the Britain of 1066. I could visualize myself being there hearing the sounds of the people and smelling the food and the living conditions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Historical Fiction.
Laura
This novel is set during the Norman conquest of Saxon England and is a mother-daughter tale written in 2 parts. This book is beautifully written and an enchanting read. My only regret is that it is very difficult to find more of this authors novels as I feel the need to pick up as many as I can now.
Julie
Recently, I've been enjoying reading about the Norman Conquest of England in the late 11th century. I've read other Elizabeth Chadwick historical novels and was excited to see she had written one about The Conquest. Unfortunately, it isn't about the Conquest. It takes place during Conquest times, but it is strictly a romance book. I almost gave it 2-stars because I find romance books trite and boring, but settled on 3 stars due to Chadwick's excellent writing. It's not her fault that I expected ...more
Terri
Before this book I had read Chadwick's, The Falcons of Montabard. I did not think much of it and swore off Chadwick novels. However, because I liked some of Chadwick's other books and because I had a couple here still unread, I forced myself to read another Chadwick, one that people had reviewed well, and I am glad that I did.
While The Conquest was NOT written in Chadwick's later, more sophisticated hand - and there were a couple of historical errors which is unlike her - the simplicity of the w
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Josephine
I first read this book in 1998 and I knew that I enjoyed it then because I had kept it stashed away in one of my boxes of 'too good to part with' books. On reading it again my opinion has not changed in the least. Although the book is 568 pages long there is no padding out and you never once feel the need to skip a page. The story is about two families, one Norman and one Saxon and how they become entwined through both marriage and business after the Norman Conquest. It is filled with exciting a ...more
Misfit
Unputdownable! Is that a word? If not it should be, at least when describing this author's books. The Conquest is really two books in one, telling the story of two generations as it opens shortly before the Norman invasion of 1066. Saxon housewife Ailith loses her husband, brothers and new born child and attempts to take her own life, but is stopped by womanizing Norman knight Rolf de Brize. To avoid the romantic attentions of a London Goldsmith, Ailith accepts Rolf's offer to serve as chatelain ...more
Sarah
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Rusty
Using a background of medieval England in the time of William the Conqueror, Chadwick's writing makes you feel as if you live beside the characters. The story focuses on Ailith, a Saxon wife who is widowed after her husband attends William's coronation. Her two beloved brothers have already been slain defending their country and King Harold. The story begins with Rolf de Brize, whose role in war leaves Ailith, a Saxon wife, without her child, her husband, her home and her brothers. Rolf falls in ...more
Kristen
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Carmen
Set during the Norman invasion of England, this story features how it affected two families. One is Saxon, one is Norman. Not surprisingly there is attraction between the two families, and it doesn't go well. Before reading this, I had not realized that William's sons were so ineffective as leaders, or how he had divided up his kingdom in order to bequeath them to his heirs. She really spins a web and you don't realize that you are getting sucked in, or that it is so entertaining.
Erin
In "The Conquest" Elizabeth Chadwick delivers the best kind of historical fiction surrounding events in Normandy and England from 1065-1086. The book, split into two parts, focuses first on the Anglo-Saxon Ailith and the Norman womanizer, Rolf de Brize. The second part focuses on the couple's daughter Jullitta and her childhood love Benedict. While at times the romance goes over board into serious soap opera territory, the meat of the book is sustained by the portrait of 11th century England and ...more
Jayne Castel
This was one of the best historical romance I've ever read - with enough grit to bring the story truly to life. It was bittersweet, and I would have liked a happier ending for some of the characters. Nevertheless, I highly recommend THE CONQUEST to anyone who loves novels set in Anglo-Saxon England. Chadwick really brought history to life for me!
Allison G
I usually read historical fiction set in Scotland in the 18th century but decided to try a different time period and only slightly different part of the world. This novel treats the time period of William the Conqueror who came to power in England in 1066 and goes all the way through his death and the time of his sons' rule of England and Normandy and ends in 1088. A whole heck of a lot happens in this book! - too much to put in my review. But suffice it to say that Chadwick is a very good story ...more
Suanne Laqueur
Historical romance on a grand scale. I found that I lost a little interest once the character of Ailith was gone. I pushed on to see what would happen to her daughter, but it wasn’t like I was dying to find out.
Nisareen
The Conquest opens shortly before the Battle of Hastings in 1066. In the aftermath, Saxon housewife Ailith loses her husband, brothers and new born child and attempts to take her own life, but is stopped by womanizing Norman knight Rolf de Brize. Feeling strangely responsible for the woman whose life he has saved, the normally unreliable Rolf installs Ailith as chatelaine of Ulverton, his English estate. Despite his wife and daughter in France, he and Ailith eventually fall in love and have a da ...more
Helen
Fabulous! 'The Conquest' is in two parts - first it tells the story of Ailith and then it's the turn of her daughter Julitta. It opens in 1065 so we know what's coming! The Norman Conquest provides a fascinating backdrop to the lives of these two remarkable women who take us on a journey of twists and turns and highs and lows. A quotation on the cover from 'The Times', "An author who makes history come gloriously alive" sums up Elizabeth Chadwick perfectly. The world of 1000 years ago is depicte ...more
Alice
Loved it. Wonderful romance, historical information and a good story. Lots of horse discussions too.
Joanna Courtney
Fascinating, colourful and gripping - a fantastic read from an amazing era.
Catherine
So-so historical novel of the annoying sort where there are two distinct batches of people linked by family ties: the initial heroine dies half-way through and the attention shifts to the next generation. So not a single story, but not enough generations for it to count as a saga. It's pretty gory in places: is it a rule in historical fiction that the further back one goes the more bloodshed there has to be? There is the odd clunky intrusion of historical detail, but most of the book manages to ...more
Kim
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Jane
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Erica Fairs
I love Elizabeth Chadwick. Having only discovered her works a year or so ago, I fall on each and every one I find. Her ability to transport her reader back in time is exceptional, her characterisation and storylines are wonderful - I'm gripped from the very first page. This book does not disappoint. Set in 11thC, it tells the story of Saxon Ailith and her daughter, Julitta and their stormy relationships with the Norman invader. A great book and one I'd highly recommend.
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Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt. She has been shortlisted for the UK's mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice. Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one ...more
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