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The Conquest

Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
Length: 20 hrs and 55 mins
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When a comet appears in the sky over England in 1066, Ailith, a young Saxon wife, feels sure that it can only bode well. Yet within a year, Ailith's joy turns to heartache as her husband and her child are taken from her and the conquering Normans advance. 

Ailith's grief turns to love for a brief period with a handsome Norman invader. She bears him one daughter, but in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings she discovers a betrayal she cannot forgive.... 

Years later, the spirited Julitta is determined to find happiness. Her quest takes her on a pilgrimage to Compostella, to a colourful horse fair in Bordeaux, to the terrors of piracy on the open sea.

©1996 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2018 Soundings

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Engaging

Loved it, between the colourful characters the authentic history, this was rhroughally enjoyable. A must read.

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  • 05-05-19

Entertaining

Although I enjoyed this book, I would consider it a holiday read and found it quite predictable. In my opinion there is no comparison between this book and the one’s written by Barbara Erskine.

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Great read, brilliant reader

Elizabeth Chadwick knows how to spin a yarn, but the gold star goes to Charlotte Stevens, who reads/acts beautifully. No mispronunciations at all; she paused in all the right places, and best of all her accents were spot on. A delight to listen to.

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Amazing!

The narrator was fantastic, the writing superb. The book took me to a time and place I knew very little about. I had sympathy for every character in the book. A great read.