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A headlong journey through the physical and spiritual dangers of Plantagenet Britain, in all its savage pageantry.
Welsh Marches, July 1284 - the uprising in Wales is over, the leader gruesomely executed, the dead are buried. But for Illesa Arrowsmith, the war’s aftermath is just as brutal. When her brother is thrown into the Forester’s prison on false charges, she is left
Paperback, 406 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Kate Innes - Writer
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Nicky Moxey
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As authentic as they come

What an interesting tale, and I loved the scholarship that informed but never intruded into the story! I hope there's more in the making...
Nicky Tate
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the tale of brave and resourceful Illessa, a young woman more or less alone in Plantaganet England, as she struggles to save the life of her brother, and then her own life in the face of poverty, violence and corruption.

The historical details in this superb tale feel thoroughly authentic throughout, as perhaps you would expect from an author who is also a historian. The story is brought to life not only through real events from this time, and real geographical locations but also a wealth
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It 's a nice historical fiction which draws an interesting picture of Edward Longshank's England,although in my opinion the portrayal of people could be more complicated,and the personalities of some characters seems inconsistent.Anyway given that it's is the writer's first novel it is quite remarkable ...more
Brian T
Oct 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, gripping story!

Really enjoyed this and could hardly tear myself away from it! The author ties it in so well with the actual history. Very interesting to read as someone who lived in Wales for so long and loves Welsh history, as this forms a background to part of the story. No shirking from the nitty gritty—sometimes almost nausea inducing—detail of medieval life!😁 Thoroughly recommend!
Michelle Berke
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book! I loved how the story pulled me in. Very well researched too. Excellent.
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5? Good historical romance, interesting period and aspects, recommend, minus: first half is very exciting, second half is just will-they-won't-they, no chase or thriller elements. Very good at conveying how scary the period was - how life-threatening a small not-really secret could be, for instance - but then the heroine becomes more dare-devil than 99% of readers would be; but without that, no/dull book, so fine. Interesting attention to time perception, due to title volume? Good. It's a hist ...more
Helen Hollick
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by the Historical Novel Society and selected as Editor's Choice - an utterly delightful novel that kept me reading into the small hours. Very Enjoyable
Helen Hollick
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selected as HNS Editor's Choice
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written book with a compelling protagonist and an intruiging story. The setting feels genuine and lived-in, demonstrating Innes' research into the era and knowledge of Shropshire. As a Shropshire lass myself it's so nice to read stories set in locations I'm familiar with! ...more
Karen Mills
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this medieval romp. Ilessa is a great heroine.
Shannon Parker
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book. It really gave a sense of the time period and the intertwining of medieval tales into the main story frame was interesting. Sometimes the dialogue felt clunky and the plausibility of the story was questionable but this was forgiven because of the atmosphere of the novel and its fast pace.
Jan 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Devoured it in a weekend, despite not traditionally an avid reader of this genre. It changed my mind! Have now enjoyed the whole trilogy and bought it as gifts for friends and family.
David Santiuste
An engaging historical novel. At one level this is an enjoyable romantic adventure, but there's also a serious attempt here to convey a deeper sense of medieval life. ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read, but some plot elements were a little tenuously strung together.
Catherine Rooney
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent historical fiction. You don't always get rich historical detail and good characters but in this you get both. ...more
Ian Enters
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tough time for a young woman seeking justice! The plot is complicated but strong. The history vividly and accurately evoked. The characterisation plausible and relationships well observed. Highly recommended.
philip cleary
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A fact strewn journey, across centuries and continents, wrapped up in a thrilling novel - I cannot recommend this Author(ess?) more highly. She’s brilliant and on par with Robert Fabbri and Julian Stockwin. I look forward to buying her a pint in the 3 Fishes in Shrewsbury, sometime soon.
Shwetha H.S.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Errant Hours by Kate Innes in a historical fiction, but in real it is not a complete fiction. Most of the characters are real and existed in the era when this story took place. Though the storyline couldn’t relate to the title, story is nevertheless enjoyable and manages to keep you reading it. Every character that has dialogues in the story is interesting and has its own perspective about the happenings.

The story is about Illesa Arrowsmith, a girl who has lost both her parents, trying to sa
Joy Margetts
Dec 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great medieval fiction, especially appealing as set in Wales and on the Welsh borders. Filled with well researched detail of the period, although I found the amount of detail detracted from the story in places. Will be reading more from this author though!
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medieval Tale

A bit disjointed and hard to follow in places. The first part was very detailed and set over only a few days. We were then introduced to a whole new story set in the 6th century that came as a complete surprise. The ending felt rushed and I’m not surprised there is a sequel as it definitely feels like the story needs to continue. Impressive bibliography and references to follow up on.
Anne Goodwin
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Their journey takes the reader on a fascinating tour of medieval culture and beliefs: the feudal legislature, the low status of women and the power of the church. The writing is rich with period detail, not only the sights and sounds but the smells.
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book grabbed me from the very first page. I was immersed in history, and very much involved in the character's lives. The historical accuracy and rich landscapes of this world made me want to keep reading far into the night! I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who loves history. ...more
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Lovely well written book.
Caroline Taylor
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Errant Hours on audio is my first audio book, it is a book I have read previously and have enjoyed very much.
The main story focuses on a journey undertaken in the 12th century by the main character Illesa who overcomes the many obstacles that a young woman with limited resources would have encountered then. She loses the family’s tied small holding in her efforts to raise funds to free Kit her older and somewhat feckless brother. They are chased separately and together between Clun and Much
I liked this book. It wasn't great, it wasn't terrible. It was marginally unbelievable. But all female led stories set in the medieval era are going to be rather unbelievable as long as the women has an ounce of agency. That's ok, because we can tell ourselves it's a story about one of the few women from history who manages it.

Still, there were problems with this book for me towards the end. I grasped the Marina storyline, it's the Saint. When she skipped to 557 Anglo-Saxon England I didn't even
Lisa Jensen
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate Innes' beautifully produced debut novel teems with the customs, intrigues, chivalric ideals, and bitter realities, of 13th Century Britain. Of mysterious parentage herself, Illesa is raised by a village midwife and has come into possession of a marvelous illuminated book, the Passion of St. Margaret, patron saint of childbirth.

To protect the book and reunite with her charming wastrel brother, Illesa flees pursuit, faces rapists and thieves, breaks into the Forester's jail, and enlists the
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Name of Book: The Errant Hours

Author: Kate Innes

ISBN: 978-0-9934837-0-7

Publisher: Mindforest Press

Type of book: 1266, 1284-1285, England, Wales, uprising, King Edward I, journey, travel, being set up, guilty of association, theft, daily life, disguises, monastery, myths, legends

Year it was published: 2015


A headlong journey through the physical and spiritual dangers of Plantagenet Britain, in all its savage pageantry.

Welsh Marches, July 1284 - the uprising in Wales is over, the leader gru
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a year or so, this novel has been on my 'to-read' list. I was mistaken in thinking that the book was a fantasy novel, delving into Welsh mythology (the Mabinogion). The author does draw on a medieval welsh legend, yet the tone of the novel is a realistic one and the characters are richly developed. The setting is late 13th-century England, and included are spiritual dangers and descriptions of the muck and the gorier aspects of the characters' lives, which I appreciated. Ms. Innes anchors th ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Plodding and predictable. Purchased due to rave reviews and because I'm interested in this period of English history. Massive disappointment. ...more
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