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Wife to the Bastard

Wife to the Bastard

  • Title: Wife to the Bastard
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  • ISBN : 9780752439457
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 384 pages


Matilda of Flanders, queen to William the Conqueror was beautiful, exquisitely small, clever, with a perfect courtesy trained in the rigid school of medieval manners But within lay a root of darkness inheritance, perhaps, of Viking ancestors Twice, at least, in her lifetime the Viking streak broke through, in vengeance on a faithless lover, in fury wreaked on a rival o Matilda of Flanders, queen to William the Conqueror was beautiful, exquisitely small, clever, with a perfect courtesy trained in the rigid school of medieval manners But within lay a root of darkness inheritance, perhaps, of Viking ancestors Twice, at least, in her lifetime the Viking streak broke through, in vengeance on a faithless lover, in fury wreaked on a rival of the marriage bed The marriage, though fruitful of so many children, was on her side no match of love But a passionate loyalty to her husband, an equally passionate ambition, together with her own sense of justice, gave her the will and the skill to dissemble her feelings and to make her the praise of Christendom No Queen ever wielded so much power as she in the long years she ruled Normandy before her no woman in England was ever crowned or was known as Queen


Author Hilda Lewis

Hilda Winifred Lewis n e Maizels, 1896 1974 was a British writer.She wrote a noted children s book, The Ship that Flew 1939 which concerns Norse mythology and time travel It was republished in the Oxford Children s Modern Classics series in 1998 Her three YA books, including the well received The Gentle Falcon, are available for Kindle and iBooks.Several of her historical novels, e.g I am M




Wife to the Bastard Reviews (14)

  • Wife to the Bastard is the story of Matilda of Flanders, wife to William the Conqueror I admit to a fascination with novels about the pair and was looking forward to reading this book, and I did enjoy the read First published in the 1960s the writing style is somewhat formal and Hilda Lewis tends to [..]

  • This is the first fictionalized account of Matilda of Flanders and William the Conqueror that I ve read It made me interested in learning I like Lewis writing style she does well creating the characters I particularly enjoyed her account of William Rufus as a bloodthirsty, disturbed child The relat [..]

  • This historical novel about William the Conqueror AKA William the Bastard was first published in 1966 I m guessing to tie into the Norman Conquest of 1066 The author, who died in 1972, is known for period detail and there is plenty of detail in this story about on Matilda, the wife of William of Nor [..]

  • This was a touching reading The feelings, emotions, thoughts of the characters trough Hilda Lewis s writing, just flowed So shocking, so crude a reality of this mortal men and women, so tragic lives of this privileged people The last chapters were very hard to read, had to stop to recover my breath [..]

  • A great read and a different take on William the Conquerer Matilda changes from a naive teen to a formidable queen a journey we share with her Her love and concern for her children resonate with every mother Watching helplessly while her husband insists on a wrong course finds an echo with many wive [..]

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