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Five Wounds

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  29 reviews
It is 1536. The north of England has boiled over into rebellion against Henry VIII. Sixteen year old Nan Ellerton must choose - help the rebels, even though it could mean paying the brutal penalty for treason, or betray her beliefs and risk eternal damnation.
Five Wounds is a novel for teenagers that tells a story of adventure, passion and courage, set against the backgrou
ebook, 253 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Greengate Books (first published February 27th 2015)
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Samantha Clysdale
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review All About YA.

I have a weakness for books that take place in the 1500's. That being said the book was very well written. I have never read a more detailed book about the rebellion against Henry VIII. I know some of the characters were not real but a lot of them were. Which may for a interesting read. I will be looking in more books by this author.
Catherine Love
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Five Wounds is a gripping read that grabs you from the word go. It is set against historical events I know very little about (the Pilgrimage of Grace) and in a part of England I’m unfamiliar with (Yorkshire) but I was completely swept away into this world as it was so brilliantly, convincingly realised.

The story begins with 15 year old Nan, not long home from the convent, being unwillingly betrothed to the much older and much married Lord Middleham. Having known relative freedom in the convent
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Five Wounds is the story of Nan, a fifteen-year-old who is to be married off to an older widower in order to bring his family much-desired lands and her own family higher social status. But as the book opens it is 1536, Anne Boleyn is not long dead, and there is a scent of rebellion in the air...

This is not your average Tudor historical novel; along with Katharine Edgar's characters, we hear about events at court and in the south only through letters and whispered rumours. This is another world,
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I would like to thank the group Insatiable Bookworms, and the author, Katharine Edgar, for giving me the opportunity to read Five Wounds in exchange for an honest review.

Katharine Edgar does an excellent job at portraying life in Tudor times by providing plenty of historic detail, effectively creating a great backdrop to the story. I also enjoyed the wealth of religious practice depicted throughout since it played such an important role. The author painted many beautiful scenes and the writing f
Nina Rossing
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
FIVE WOUNDS is a historical YA set in Tudor England, with 15-year-old Nan as the protagonist. The story lured me in from the very first pages, when Nan is gifted a hawk that she trains. The descriptions are vivid and paint an idyllic image of a reality that very soon turns threatening when Nan is promised in marriage to a much older man, a Lord eager to expand his lands. A rebellion is underway in the northern parts of England where Nan lives, and against her will she becomes involved in most vi ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love reading novels that expand your understanding of an era, and this certainly does that- it's exciting and plot-driven, and should appeal to younger history buffs who like a tale of adventure and hard moral choices. The characters are vividly-drawn (sometimes too much so- Nan got on my nerves at times!) and the sense of peril is constantly close at hand.

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*I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Review is also posted on Let’s Say It’s A Blog.

Historical fiction is a genre that takes a special place in my heart. Reading a historical fiction for me is like ‘traveling’ with a time warp all the way to a whole different dimension in the past. Getting to know the life of people in places that used to exist somewhere around us ―or might be just right where we are right now― centuries ago through a story, gives me
( I received this book free from the author through Goodreads group {All about YA}[R2R] in exchange for my honest review )

I'm on the fence about this one.

I found the story interesting and a bit fascinating. It flowed very well, and stayed on point, but I'm not raving over it.

Nan, annoyed the hell out of me. For a girl that was raised in a nunnery, she's basically a harlot. Not so much as she slept around, but every damn second, that she came out of that nunnery, she was having crushes left
Lynn Schreiber
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
A gripping tale, that kept me awake into the wee hours, as I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

This is a fast-paced story, with plenty of drama and intrigue, that still manages to convey a huge amount of historical detail. I loved that this detail was woven skilfully throughout the story, without jarring one out of the narrative. The descriptions of the everyday tasks and duties, combined with historically significant events, give young readers a more rounded view of life in this perio
Millie Slavidou
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. It takes the reader effortlessly into the world of Tudor England, providing a wealth of historical details that really bring the period to life. It deals skilfully with the attitudes of the day, tackling sensitive themes of human relationships and nature. This is including abusive behaviour, which it approaches head on, accepting it as part of life and sweeping nothing under the carpet. Yet there is nothing gratuitous about it: it is merely an accurate portrayal of a hi ...more
Joanna Norland
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gripping read, and a new novelist to watch for.

What are we to make of 15 year old Nan Ellerton, the gutsy heroine of Katharine Edgar's first novel, Five Wounds? In many ways, she is Everygirl -- craving her father's approval, yet chaffing against his authority, bristling with jealousy at the ease with which her perfect older sister fits in, alternately seizing and balking at the temptation of a new romance. But in so many other ways, she is utterly a creature of her times.

And what times they
Janet Berry
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who love an adventure novel!
Wow, what an adventure! This book is set in the turbulent times of Henry VIII's England, when his destruction of the old religious ways was still being challenged by the population, most notably in the north of the country. The author brings us straight into the heart of the conflict between King Henry and his dissenters with the story of a teenage girl betrothed against her will to a local Yorkshire lord of the dale, and how she gets caught up in the political intrigues during an uprising again ...more
Lissie Walton
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction
I sat down to read "Five Wounds" with a touch of trepidation. I don't normally read young adult books, but received a free copy in return for an honest review, and honestly, I'm so glad I did!
The story opens with Nan Ellerton, a young girl from a prosperous family. Her grandmother was self-made and she had passed down that fire to her youngest grandchild. It's easy to see parallels between the older woman and her pet, Nan is full of the righteousness of the young and her abusive father has call
Louise Beilby
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew little about the Pilgrimage of Grace - an event one would expect to be a much more sedate and gentle affair from its name - prior to reading this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was not just a history lesson (although there is undoubtedly an educational aspect to this novel) but a touching and exciting story about what it meant to be a woman from an ordinary family in the reign of Henry VIII.

Although much of the plot is driven by the actions of men, the women are the one
Nanette Whittle
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in the North of England during the reign of Henry VIII and shortly after the death of Anne Boleyn, Five Wound, deals vividly with events during The Pilgrimage of Grace, an uprising of commoners against Henry, through the coming of age of Nan Ellerton a young lady betrothed to the much older Lord Middleham.

The historical backdrop in this novel is accurately researched and expertly rendered, such that I was immediately immersed in the story with the pace fast enough to keep me interested whils
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Five Wounds is a historical fiction novel set during the 1536 “Pilgrimage of Grace”, a mass uprising in northern England (focussed on Yorkshire) against Henry VIII’s policies of breaking with the Roman Catholic Church and dissolving its monasteries. This book covers the complex events through the eyes of a young girl with a refreshingly different point of view.

Nan Ellerton is a young girl about to be unwillingly married when the Pilgrimage strikes and the tale of her modestly n
Louise Pennington
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Wounds is the story of 15 year old Nan who is betrothed, rather unwillingly, to the much older and frequently married Lord Middleham. Nan had been living in a convent school following an unfortunate incident as a young child, which afforded her a level of freedom that most young girls would never have experienced.

However, this is 1536 and the schism between Rome and Henry VIII has changed everything. Nan's dreams of remaining in the convent and becoming a great Abbess are destroyed after Henry
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting story with lots of action. It's very well written and definitely kept me reading, and the protagonist, Nan, is likeable (although she is definitely a teen, and consequently somewhat prone to sudden perhaps unwise decisions).

It's the story of a Tudor era young woman, forced into an unwilling betrothal by a brutal father. But it's also a story about the end of a world.

So often novels of the Tudor period focus so closely on King and court that your idea of the impact of the st
Eliza Graham
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Henry VIII's rule over the North of England and the uprising against him is usually seen through the prism of the great warlords. This appealing novel shows us young Nan trying to survive and create a halfway decent existence for herself during the tumult. Nan's a mere woman, a chattel, to be married off to the best bidder. Nan pines for the convent where she's spent some years being educated. Being sent off to wed the middle-aged Lord Middleham, whose won daughters resent Nan's arrival, is not ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this e-book in return for an honest review.
I don't normally read novels aimed at the Young Adult market for the simple reason I am no longer one and prefer books with more depth but I am very glad that I read this one.
Set during the time of Henry VIII and the Pilgrimage of Grace it tells the story of young Nan Ellerton who becomes betrothed to Lord Middleham. He is rich, has children older than her and is not at all her image of the perfect husband. She much prefers his
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You never know what you're going to get when you're asked to review a book by a friend, and I have to admit that I started Five Wounds with a little trepidation that I might not like it.

I shouldn't have worried. Five Wounds gripped me from start to finish - I started reading it in bed one morning, was nearly late for work, rushed back home to finish it, and had reached the final page by the end of the day.

I have to admit that I was so keen to find out what was going to happen next that I didn't
Valeria Terrizzano
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn into the story from the very first page. The characters are alive and multi-dimensional, the plot flows well, there is drama and moments of tension when you just can't put the book down. It's an interesting story well told.
But there's more. The book is well researched and really takes you into the Tudor days, the way people thought or acted and why, the ideas of honour and loyalty, which are somewhat different from ours nowadays, are shown in a way we (or at least I) can understand a
Katie Collins
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. It tells the story of Nan, a 15 year old girl living in the turbulent Tudor north at the time of the rebellion against Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell. Nan has to navigate a precarious path between her faith and temptation, and Katharine skilfully combines a page turning story with fascinating historical detail. Highly recommended for young and not so young adults.
Eleanor Mishra
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting read about Tutor England. I liked the main character. It was an exciting read and seemed a bit different to the standard historcal novel.
Toni Vincett
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Didn’t enjoy

I don’t know why I didn’t enjoy this book but I didn’t. It’s a shame as it’s done in my fave part of history
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it


I must admit, it's been quite a long time since I read this book. It's also been quite a long time since I actually wrote a book review too. Basically, this review might be a total mess and it's pretty short. Sorry about that!

Five wounds follows the story of Nan and is set during the Tudor times, which is
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this e-book in return for an honest review.

I loved this book. I've struggled to find something engaging to read lately and this is exactly what I needed.

Five Wounds is a well-paced novel, set in Tudor times during The Pilgrimage of Grace - an uprising in Yorkshire in protest against Henry VIII & his break with the Catholic Church, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and Thomas Cromwell.

Five Wounds follows feisty & independent 15 year old Nan and her journey through th
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so engaging. As was its main character Nan. Brave, principled, unconventional and abused. The book really shows how many ways in which women were at the mercy of the men in their lives. It pulls no punches as to the brutality of the times and the violence that men perpetrated on themselves and anyone else in their way. The story built up throughout the book. The descriptions of the scenes were vivid and real. It didn't take too much imagination to understand the fear, excitement an ...more
Tara Russell
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting and deft story of Nan, a young girl during the reign of Henry VIII; brought up in a nunnery now dissolved by Cromwell's troops she has returned to the family home to be married off to a neighbouring lord. As the tensions rise in England, with the family of Nan's betrothed involved in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Nan is forced to consider he religious principles and the shape of her life changes. ...more
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Katharine Edgar grew up in Essex. She has worked in museums, universities and in archaeological interpretation. She lives in Yorkshire in an old, cold house full of mysteries.

'Five Wounds' is her first published novel.

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