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The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower
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May 14, 2008

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Read in January, 2009

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Although I overall enjoyed my reading of The Needle In The Blood when I started it I was hoping for a book on the Bayeux Tapestry and now that I've finished it it feels the tapestry was just a small part of this story. In that sense I was a bit disappointed. It's not even a story about the weavers but more the story of one weaver - Gytha - and her love story with Bishop Odo.

Gytha is one of the handmaidens to Harold Godwinson's steadfast wife - Edith Swan Neck - and she goes with her mistress to reclaim is body for burial. The fate of the Saxon women is not a happy one and for a while Gytha resorts to being a prostitute so that she can survive.

Her life changes when Bishop Odo decides to commission a tapestry to register the story of his brother William the Conqueror's victory over Harold Godwinson, he charges his sister Agatha, a nun, of organising the work and Gytha is one of the women selected to embroider the tapestry.

Bower does a good job in bringing this secondary cast to life, but the one that truly stands out is Gytha. She manages to catch Odo's eye and they fall in love starting a relationship in which the power alternates between them and if at first their idyll has a dreamy feel things soon get complicated because Gytha is a Saxon. The blurb in the cover of the book is very accurate – a tale of sex, lies and embroidery...

I must say it took me a while to get into the story and I even abandoned it at some point and picked it up months later so it's not exactly a page turner but I thought Bower was good at conveying the medieval feel and it's quite refreshing to read a story set immediately after the 1066 conquest.

Grade: 3/5

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CatarinaG Era para roubar, mesmo!

Ana T. Brigada! :-)

CatarinaG Tu só leste isto agora?!
Olha que levas!

Ana T. Naaaaaa eu já tinha lido à 3 meses só que só agora é que coloquei aqui...


CatarinaG lolol mentirosa!
Como se eu acreditasse...

Ana T. ;-)

CatarinaG E ao menos gostaste?

Ana T. Médio, leva 3*!

CatarinaG Sim, eu também esperava um pouco mais, especialmente no que diz repeito às referências à propria tapeçaria mas pronto, foi uma boa leitura.

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Oriana Médio?! Isto anda mal...

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