A Date That Changed The Course Of History A Date That Changed Her Life ForeverLove Should Be Free That Is What Edyth Alfgarsdottir Has Always Believed As A Young Girl She Witnessed Earl Harold Standing Barefoot In His Handfast Marriage To The Beautiful Lady Svana And Has Yearned For Her Own Love Match Ever SinceAmongst England S Royal Court, Marriages Are Not Often Chosen For Love And Political Matches Are Rife While King Edward Is Still Without An Heir When Her Family Are Exiled To The Wild Welsh Court, Edyth Unexpectedly Finds Herself Falling For The Charismatic Griffin First King Of All Of Wales Becoming His Queen Catapults Edyth Onto The Opposing Side Of A Bitter Feud Between England And Wales She Has To Grow Up Fast But Has The Support And Encouragement Of Her Closest Friend, Lady SvanaYears Later, Edyth Is In Line To Take The Crown Of England This Time The Lines Of Love And Duty Are Far Blurred As Dawns, Edyth And Svana Will Be Asked To Make An Even Greater Sacrifice, Perhaps The Greatest Of All In The Midst Of War, Can Love And Freedom Survive
My first literary accolade was a creative writing prize at primary school and from that point on I wanted to be a novelist I was always reading as a child and often made up stories for my brother and sister on long car journeys I was also a huge Enid Blyton fan and by ten I was writing my own doubtless terrible boarding school novels Perhaps inevitably, I took my degree in English literature and it was at Cambridge, specialising in medieval literature, that I first discovered what has become a true passion for ancient history I took a sidestep after university to work in a wonderful textiles factory in Lancashire a move that led me to my lovely husband, but didn t satisfy my yearning to write Married and living in Derbyshire, however, I took up my pen again in the sparse hours available between raising my two stepchildren and twoof my own At that hectic time, I primarily wrote shorter fiction and I ve had well over 200 stories and serials published in women s magazines Now though, with the older two leaving home and the younger two at secondary school, my time has opened up and it s been a joy to fill it with my historical trilogy The Queens of the Conquest I find the Saxons, Vikings and Normans absolutely fascinating TheI research their world, theI realise how cruel the term dark ages is, as these people had hugely sophisticated clothing, jewellery, art, poetry, economics and judicial systems They were also just people, as we are people and I firmly believe that they must have largely felt much the same as we do Amusement, embarrassment, grief, hatred and perhaps above all love are not modern inventions and I have loved creating a cast of, hopefully, believable characters to help readers experience this fantastic era for themselves My trilogy is about the amazing stories of the three women vying to be Queen of England in 1066 Edyth of Mercia, wife of King Harold Elizaveta of Kiev wife of Harald Hardrada and Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror I am thrilled it is being published by PanMacmillan and very much hope that readers enjoy the first novel The Chosen Queen out in May 2015.
- 393 pages
- The Chosen Queen
- Joanna Courtney
- 02 May 2017 Joanna Courtney