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The Wind From Hastings

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  381 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Edyth, wife of King Harold of England, disappeared forever on the day of the great Battle of Hastings in 1066, taking with her the legitimate heirs to the thrones of England and Wales. This is the story of that amazing woman, who loved and married the King of Wales and then the man who would be King of England, only to witness his historic defeat by the light of Halley's C ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by Tor Books (first published 1978)
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May 21, 2011 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edyth (or Aldith) is the daughter of the Earl of East Anglia who manages to get himself banished when he ticks of King Edward. Her father marries her off in a political alliance to the Welsh prince Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, and it is a happy one - until Harold Godwinson's soldiers arrive in Wales. The Welsh go into hiding, but are evntually betrayed and Edyth finds herself at Harold's mercy - and Harold may love his hand-fasted wife Edith Swanneck, but since he has higher aspirations than being a me ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Graceann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
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After reading The Last English King, my interest in the era of Harold and Hastings was piqued, so I picked up this title at the suggestion of my book club members. Told from the point of view of Edith, Harold's legal wife (in other words, not Edith Swan-Neck), this is an excellent evocation of the life of a woman in
I found a first edition hardcover copy of this book at my local used book store for about $3. I was excited to read it having recently finished Helen Hollick's 'Forever Queen' and 'I am the Chosen King' which end with the Battle of Hastings. My lack of love for this novel is at least partially my fault. Expectations built on the writing of Hollick were disappointed by the very different take on events that Llywelyn imagines. Accepting that I do not really know the truth about the personalities o ...more
Amelia Wagoner
Mar 11, 2014 Amelia Wagoner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the quintessential books for my style of writing and reading. This book had me from start to finish. It is written with a style all it's own and I believe that Renaissance lovers will fall in love with it quickly.

It has style, grace, action, humility and of course heart-wrenching detail. All good books should have these things.
Oct 23, 2010 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not the perfect novel, I quite enjoyed this story of Edith of Mercia, wife to the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn and later wife to Harold Godwineson, King of England who was defeated by William the Bastard at the Battle of Hastings.

The novel is told first person from Edith's point of view and what little is known about her historically is still enough to fuel a modern soap opera. Married off to the Welsh King Llywelyn, he was killed by the English duke Harold Godwineson, who would eventually su
This book provided me with a short, quick, yet satisfying read. I've read several of Morgan Llewelyn's other books, and I've generally enjoyed them. She mostly concerns herself with medieval and pre-medieval Ireland. However, this book is about Edith, the wife of Harold Godwine, who is the English King William the Conquerer conquered. The book tells the tale of Edith's life until shortly after the Battle of Hastings, when she and her children disappeared. Llewelyn's theory is that Edith went bac ...more
Jun 13, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it

It wasn't the best of books that I read from this author. But I did enjoy it. Although it was fiction again Morgan Llywelyn twines the fiction and non fiction together. Interesting battle of the Normans and English on Hasting. I like how she tells it from Aldith's view. The romance of Griffith was a nice touch. So many times we don't read this.
I would of like to read about how strong Aldith did turn out. But the message was there will be no fighting to be shown to her children. That they woul
Linda Orvis
Apr 23, 2008 Linda Orvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially nature lovers
Shelves: historicals
One of Llywelyn's best. This historical Novel takes place during the Norman Conquest in 1066 led by William the Conqueror at Hastings, probably the most significant battle in English history. Edyth, the main character, and who is based on a true person, tells the story of her own involvement in royal politics as well as her witnessing of the war. This isn't a very long book, but it's interesting, mysterious and informative. Reading this is a fun way to learn about one of the most interesting eve ...more
Kathy Moberg
This novel moved right along and easily held my interest. It's quite a tale and I'm glad I finally read it. That said, there are some slightly annoying "medieval-ish" phrases throughout. I am seldom charmed by that. The ending is weak and not especially believable, but that is just in the final couple of pages. And the relationship between Edythe and Harold is at best problematic. However, I still enjoyed the tale for what it is worth. I would not count out reading another one of Llywelyn's book ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing historical fiction. Borders, but never quite collapses into, trashy historical romance (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but perhaps not the author's intention). Glosses over weighty issues, both personal and historical, and never quite reaches its potential with either the characters or the saga surrounding these characters, but is an absorbing read nonetheless, and great if you're short on time.
Tommy /|\
Dec 10, 2010 Tommy /|\ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting tale of the British Isles told from the perspective of a single woman. Captivating at points, and yet sometimes more reminiscent of a bad Harlequinn romance novel -- I still find plenty of the plot to be fun to read. This is Llewelyn's first novel, according to the list of her novels on - and it certainly show when compared to other novels from her.
Julie Fetcho
Jun 13, 2016 Julie Fetcho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great story about how Edythe became the Queen of Wales. Then later forced into marriage with the Harold the King of England. It is now 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. This Edythe witnesses from a safe spot. After England looses the battle to William the Bastard what has happened to Edythe. A great historical fiction
Laurie Williams
This is a short book and a quick read. It was interesting to look at the Battle of Hastings from a woman's point of view, and even more interesting to look at all that led up to that battle from that outside viewpoint. The love scenes were a bit too much like a romance novel for my taste, which is why I didn't rate it higher.
Though a quick read, The Wind from Hastings is packed with history. The prose is distinctly old-fashioned, sprinkled liberally with archaisms and stylized syntax, but not in a way that's out of line for older historical novels. My go-to novel for when I'm in the mood for a quick and efficient trip to the Middle Ages.
Good story about the last years of Anglo-Saxon England, told from the POV of Edyth, the last queen. I can't agree with the characterization of some of the historical figures, and Edyth/Aldith does quite a lot of whining, but she grew on me at the end once she started figuring some things out.
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Aug 30, 2010 Blodeuedd Finland marked it as read-before-gr
Since I read it years ago I wont grade it.

But what I remember from this book was that I really enjoyed it. It was also a sad story since her first husband was killed, and then she had to marry the man who ordered it.

A good historical fiction book
This is amusing and relatively fluffy - not too bad for a semi-trashy historical novel. Some very cheezy moments.
Reread an old favorite. So many years had passed since I first read this book that it seemed time to pull it off the bookshelf, to enjoy again.
Linda Mays
Dec 23, 2010 Linda Mays rated it it was amazing
I love Morgan Llywelyn books :-)
Jun 19, 2010 Gaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irish History
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Dec 01, 2016 Valentina Guiari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...non trovo l'edizione italiana! O.o
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Morgan Llywelyn (born 1937) is an American-born Irish author best known for her historical fantasy, historical fiction, and historical non-fiction. Her fiction has received several awards and has sold more than 40 million copies, and she herself is recipient of the 1999 Exceptional Celtic Woman of the Year Award from Celtic Women International.
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