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4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Eadgyth Aelfgarsottir's story begins when she is sold into marriage to Gruffydd ap Llewellyn, King of the Welsh; a man old enough to be her grandfather. At Rhuddlan she discovers both friendship and romance, but from a man who is not her husband. Ultimately she finds herself accused of treason, fornication and incest until a surprise night attack destroys Gruffydd's palace ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by (first published 2009)
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Lisa Yarde
Oct 27, 2010 Lisa Yarde rated it it was amazing
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Feb 03, 2016 Debbi rated it really liked it
Another really good book by Judith Arnopp with our main character, Eadgyth, being wedded to the awful Welsh King Gruffydd at thirteen years old. But the Saxons come when she is eighteen to take her to England and just when she thinks her world might be at peace here comes William the Bastard and his Normans!
Ellen Ekstrom
Aug 30, 2014 Ellen Ekstrom rated it really liked it
A life anything but peaceful. That would sum up the lives of eleventh century Anglo Saxons, but here it pertains to one of the many unknown queens of England - Ealdgyth (Edith)of Mercia, the consort (briefly - nine, ten months at most) of Harold II of England. Ms. Arnopp plays fast and loose with historical fact in this entertaining story of the sister of two powerful northern earls used twice in political marriages of convenience and expediency: the first to Gryffyud, king of Wales, and then to ...more
Jul 25, 2010 Debra rated it liked it
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Chris Bullock
An enjoyable and informative story based in factual history around 1066. Could benefit from some proof reading where a few words have been joined together. Although it follows the history well, I felt that the final chapters were left very open ended and perhaps some artistic licence could have been used to close the book.
However, these comments are only minor compared to the whole story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Dec 19, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Judith has done it again..this book is as good as Heledd..although I can't even begin to know how to pronounce all of the Welsh names,places,and other words...I plan on reading her other book as well..
Since Judith herself is Welsh,she might consider putting in a page on how to pronounce all of these strange looking,and probably strange sounding words...
Apr 25, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction

Arnopp rivals all the BEST FEMALE authors of this genre. The era is ancient but leaves much for a very good read!
Kind of slow and bland, it also explains some of the political and familial relations at the time it was written for.
Nov 18, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
A.D. 1063. " This year went Harold the earl, and his brother Tosty the earl, as well with a land-force as a shipforce, into Wales" ~ Anglo Saxon Chronicle.

Harold then met Eadgyth and married her, although he had spent many years with Eadgytha Swanneck, the mother of his children.Both were Peaceweavers although each in a different fashion and in this tale they forge an alliance.

A wonderful book.I hated to see it end.Judith Arnopp is a fine historian and a masterful storyteller.
Cas Peace
Jun 29, 2011 Cas Peace rated it it was amazing
Peaceweaver is a wonderful read, rich with all the flavours, sights, sounds and intrigues of its time. Eadgyth's life is vividly portrayed and Arnopp's prose flows well. Although a work of fiction, the events of the novel follow historical fact where it is known. The reader is left with a sense of having lived through those times and with a better understanding of what it was like to be a woman in the Anglo Saxon period. I would certainly recommend Peaceweaver to other readers.
Nov 09, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was a great story,one of those that is hard to put down. Again I learned some new things about Eadgytha and her life between two kings one of Wales and one of England. This story had alot of information and history included and Judith Arnopp always has that well in hand.
Yet another book of hers i have really enjoyed, and I hope you all injoy it too.
Keep those wounderful stories coming please
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Nov 07, 2012 Darlene Williams rated it really liked it
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Always passionate about history, I graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter in 2007 with a Master's degree in medieval history and a BA in ENglish and creative writing. I now devote myself to writing full time.
My first novel Peaceweaver, is the tale of Eadgyth, queen to both Gruffydd ap Llewelyn of Wales and Harold ii of England.
The Forest Dwellers is set just after the conquest in King
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