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The Song of Hild

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Abbess Hild of Whitby was an extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times. In this exquisite translation of the #1 Danish bestselling novel Hildas sang, we are drawn into a world of dark dealings, powerful patriarchy and religious wrangling.

In the political and religious upheavals of the seventh-century British Isles, tensions between the Danish-German invaders and na
Paperback, 458 pages
Published July 15th 2018 by Sacristy Press (first published 1991)
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Kate Vane
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Song of Hild tells the story of the seventh-century saint and abbess of Whitby. Most of the novel is about the period of her life where the historical record is silent (after her baptism at 13 and before she became an abbess) so the author has been free to weave her own story of how she came to be influential in the church across Europe.

The story begins when Hild, born into one royal household, married into another, is subject to an ambush following her husband’s surrender in battle. Heavily
David Lowther
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Song of Hild is Gaye Kynoch's translation of Vibeke Vasbo's best selling Danish novel about the life of St. Hilda of Whitby. It is a long, literate and fascinating epic story which leads the reader into an understanding of how the Christian religion began to unify the warring peoples of England in the Seventh Century.

At the heart of it all is Hild who, as Abbess of Whitby, played host to the Synod of 664. More important was the role she played in the spread of Christianity in an England wher
Her country overrun; her family and friends slain; a lone woman on the run. In the midst of war and political upheaval in 7th Century Briton, a strong woman emerges, standing up what what she believes in - even at her own peril. She is Hild.

Vasbo brings to life - in the vein of the old Scandi Sagas - the life of an extraordinary woman - Hilda, whose family connections brought her into the political circles of Northumbria, East Anglia, and Kent. When Bishop Aidan of Lindisfarne sent out the call,
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I read Song of Hild because of her link to Whitby Abbey (my dad is from Whitby) and I was a little disappointed to discover this was more her life before Whitby Abbey. At times it felt as though I waa reading a textbook, as the book contained a lot of information written in a dry manner but once I got used to this I whizzed through the pages.
A brilliant translation, I would not have guessed that the book had originally been written in a language other than English.
Kath Bennett

I usually like historical stories but this one was strange. The story was confusing. The twins were born and much loved by their might but then they disappeared. Where did they go and what happened to them?
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