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Summary

A provocative, immersive medieval novel starring one of literature’s most unforgettable characters in her own words - Chaucer’s bold and libidinous Wife of Bath.

“So damned readable and fun.... This is the story of a woman fighting for her rights; it breaches the walls of history.” (The Australian)

In the middle ages, a famous poet told a story that mocked a strong woman. It became a literary classic. But what if the woman in question had a chance to tell her own version?

England, 1364: When married off at aged 12 to an elderly farmer, brazen redheaded Eleanor quickly realizes it won’t matter what she says or does, God is not on her side - or any poor woman’s for that matter. But then again, Eleanor was born under the joint signs of Venus and Mars, making her both a lover and a fighter.

Aided by a head for business (and a surprisingly kind husband), Eleanor manages to turn her first marriage into success, and she rises through society from a cast-off farm girl to a woman of fortune who becomes a trusted friend of the social-climbing poet Geoffrey Chaucer. But more marriages follow - some happy, some not - several pilgrimages, many lovers, murder, mayhem, and many turns of fortune’s wheel as Eleanor pursues the one thing that all women want: control of their own lives.

©2022 Karen Brooks (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent book

And the narrator is fantastic too. The book tells the story of the Good Wife of Bath from her point of view and is a brilliant insight into the world of a medieval woman who, in theory, is restricted by men and religion. Thoroughly enjoyable listen and I am looking forward to listening The Brewers Tale which is a sort of prequal to Good Wife although both novels can be listened too in any order.

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  • barbara lindley
  • 10-02-22

Good tale

The story was clever and interesting. However, the agony for Elizabeth/Allison lasted too long.

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  • Jamie
  • 12-02-22

Loved It

I really enjoyed this book. This is a novel I know I will listen to again sometime. Worth the credit.

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  • Margaret R. Gravelle
  • 03-02-22

Beautiful

A story, based on Chauser's poems but from the woman's point of view, that successfully transports you back to the 1360s. You follow the main character throughout her life. Through times of trials and of joy. This was a great story that was easy to sink into and get lost in. I was recommending it to my reading friends before I'd even finished it! I can't wait to read the authors earlier books!