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An Honourable Estate

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
England 1315...

The rain is torrential. Famine and unrest spread across the country and when Sir William Bradshaigh joins Adam Banastre’s rebellion against their overlord, the Earl of Lancaster, things do not go to plan. Sir William is lucky to escape with his life after a battle at Preston and, as a wanted man, has no choice but to become an outlaw. Meanwhile, the lands at
Paperback, 367 pages
Published June 22nd 2012 by Createspace (first published June 21st 2012)
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Dec 31, 2012 Sian rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is not normally my thing, but I really enjoyed this book. Man is a great character who I really warmed to. Thank you Elizabeth for a great novel.
Oct 05, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one, enough to give it 4.5 stars and go look for others by Elizabeth Ashworth. I think it was a very good representation of what actually transpired in Mab's life and what a hard time it actually was.

Was the kingdom that divided into fragments so that King Edward did not commit things in writing and share with his advisors? Probably that was the case so that all that time had elapsed. I knew nothing of the " year and a day" concept or that women got remarried and still had l
Feb 16, 2016 Mirella rated it really liked it
Gripped by famine, torrential rain, rotting crops, starvation, and death, England is a country in great turmoil. In the county of Lancaster, Mabel de Haigh is a young heiress of her family 19s manor house and estate. She lives happily there with her loving husband, William Bradshaigh. The Earl of Lancaster is their overlord who sends his aid, Robert Holland, to ruthlessly collect dues and taxes from the impoverished, starving folk. Only with conditions so desperate, with families starving, no on ...more
Stuart MacAllister
England, 1315.
The farmers and villeins of Northern England are starving to death. After a year of bad weather, a bitterly cold winter and a soaking wet summer has decimated crops leaving them destitute. Lord William & Lady Mabel Bradshaigh are sympathetic to the dire position their tenants are in and do all they can to ease their plight. Bradshaigh’s overlord, The Earl of Lancaster, is not so kind and demands his full levy of tax and tribute each quarter, regardless of the suffering it cause
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Nov 04, 2012 Cynthia Mcarthur rated it really liked it
This story of England, 1315-1322 (?), was really well written and well-researched. It is the story of Mabel and William Bradshaw, minor nobles during the time of Edward II's reign. With famine and taxes pushing his tenants to the breaking point, some having already died, William joins up with a rebellion against his overlord, the Earl of Lancaster, and fails miserably. He and several of his friends become outlaws, dependant upon the forest for survival. Meanwhile Mabel is left alone on their est ...more
Ron Nurmi
using the Mab's Cross Legend as the basis for this book. Sir William Bradshaigh joins Adam Banastre 19s rebellion against their overlord, the Earl of Lancaster. His wife is left home and is lead to believe is was killed.
Oct 10, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it
“Her bare feet were bloodied and torn and the snow-laden wind made her shiver as she limped forward, bareheaded and dressed only in her linen chemise.”

We are treated to this prologue before the story begins. We are aware that something has gone terribly wrong with the character, Mabel, but just how and why follows in this fascinating story.

Please read the rest of my review at http://romantichistoricallovers.wordp...
L.K. Chapman
Feb 18, 2015 L.K. Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating, enjoyable and at times heart-wrenching read.
Aug 24, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
I read this a while back. I enjoyed it in a sense. It gave me more knowledge about a time I'm little familiar with as it's not my favorite genre or historical time. To tell you honestly I really can't rate it or review well.
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Sep 08, 2012 Darlene Williams rated it really liked it
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Since selling my first article at the age of eleven and my first story not long afterwards I've been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines.

In 2006 the first of my non-fiction books, Champion Lancastrians, was published and since then Countryside Books have published Tales of Old Lancashire and Lancashire:Who Lies Beneath.

In June 2010 my first novel, The de Lacy Inheritance, was pub
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