The Marsh King's Daughter #2020

The Marsh King's Daughter By Elizabeth Chadwick The Marsh King s Daughter Unwanted and unloved Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather Outside the civil war of rages through the English countryside throwing into jeopardy al
  • Title: The Marsh King's Daughter
  • Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • ISBN: 9780751539400
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Marsh King's Daughter By Elizabeth Chadwick
    The Marsh King's Daughter By Elizabeth Chadwick Unwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious novice She plots to escape but her plansUnwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious novice She plots to escape but her plans screech to a halt when a soldier of fortune, a half dead Nicholas de Caen appears at the convent door Once held captive by royalist troops, he has managed to escape their clutches with part of the royal regalia, but his flight has sapped all life from him.Miriel nurses him with the vigor she has had suppressed in her imprisonment, and revives Nicholas, in whom she recognizes her own stubborn pride and independence He is not only her kindred spirit, he is also her only way out So upon his recovery and release, Miriel coerces her former patient into taking her with him.Never one for nostalgia, Miriel has only seen Nicholas as a means of escape, and once out of the convent, the two part on bad terms From this point forward, misfortune will plague Miriel s life until she runs into a new Nicholas, this time a famous soldier and merchant Can the two now see past their pride and into each other s souls, formerly one and the same Or have the ravages of a bloody war clouded their sight
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    • Elizabeth Chadwick

      Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt She has been shortlisted for the UK s mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of the landmark historical novels of the last ten years When not at her desk, she can be found taking long walks with the dog, baking cakes, reading books of course exploring ruins, listening to various brands of rock and metal music, and occasionally slaving over a steaming cauldron with re enactment society Regia Anglorum.

    186 thoughts on “The Marsh King's Daughter

    • Born out of wedlock, Miriel Weaver adored her grandfather, a master weaver of fine wool Her step father takes over the weaving business upon her grandfather s death and Miriel rebels against him once to often and is packed off to a convent, although her rebellious nature continues and she doesn t exactly get along with life with the nuns either Nicholas de Caen was a prisoner of King John until the baggage train is lost when the tide overtakes it as they are crossing the marsh Nicholas reaches s [...]

    • 3.5 starsI did enjoy reading this novel and of course the few historical references in my mind make a book that much better The one criticism I had however, was that this novel, supposedly written about people in the thirteenth century, had a lot of modern day language I really do not know how one would fix it, although the author threw in a few perchance and mayhaps to catch the flavor of the times.I did like most of the characters, the ones you were suppose to like, Miriel and Nicholas, Mother [...]

    • After finishing Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell and dreadfully finding out that I didn t have his next book from the series yet huhu , I kind of went on a reading slump and deliberately strayed with my subsequent book selection.Then, I decided to read a Chadwick novel and immediately felt better Yay cured

    • This is the first of Elizabeth Chadwick s novels that I ve read, though I have another of hers already on my list Her credentials as a historical novelist are recognized by the HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW and is borne out in this novel I loved the detail as I read the story of Miriel Weaver, who is sent to a convent because of her willfulness I must admit that there are terms and names of everyday living that I m not sure of, but was able to figure them out from context Miriel saves the life of a yo [...]

    • It seems with every new Elizabeth Chadwick book I read I become of a fangirl of her work Like in previous books what really draws me in are the characters she creates and their complexity How they become real to us.Unlike other books this story does not deal with the nobility It deals with the common people, traders and particularly weavers, and I really enjoyed knowing something about that trade.Elizabeth Chadwick beautifully combines history and fiction In this case she starts out with a real [...]

    • Not one of my favorite Elizabeth Chadwick books I felt that I had to really dig deep to continue reading It s never a good sign when a reader must force themselves to finish a book.

    • I ve wanted to read a book by Elizabeth Chadwick for a while a lot of my friends rave about her work and so I finally bought one to read I chose this book because of the title it s the name of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale that I am actually thinking of rewriting one day The title has little to do with the book, however, except that the heroine, Miriel, is the granddaughter of a rich weaver who lives near the marshes The book is set in 1216, one of my favourite periods of history nasty Ki [...]

    • This is my first Chadwick novel and I am impressed enough that I am going to read Whereas it is not the best book I have ever read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and its heroine, Miriel In the novel s beginning, Miriel is a young girl whose stepfather is determined to be rid of her After almost burning down the house, she is sent to a convent While Miriel is rebelling against the nuns, a man named Nicholas is escaping the current King John s baggage train in which he was being held prisoner Due to a [...]

    • I am not entirely sure what my feelings are about this bookdid I enjoy it, didn t I enjoy it It s a tough one for me to review I may have to say that, yeah, I kinda did enjoy it, in places, though in other places, nahh, I kinda didn t really enjoy it A true mixed review it would seem.Let me expound.It was very well described and it was written nicely, but the female character was boring a flaw I find in Chadwick books that I have outlined many times in my other Chadwick reviews By all appearance [...]

    • Well done Another sensational book from Elizabeth Chadwick Like another reviewer of this book, I too had to stay up way past my bedtime to finish this too hard to put down In my last review for The French Revolution series by Jean Plaidy I mentioned that I just didn t feel the emotional connection with the characters, but not so with The Marsh King s Daughter The heroine, Miriel, is a woman after my own heart She is a strong, intelligent and passionate woman who fights for what she wants in life [...]

    • A nice fluff read, though sometimes in danger of being little than romance novel masquerading as historical fiction There s an awful lot of sex involved, especially in the first half of the book This is all well and good, but much of it is less than pleasant And the romantic love at the core of the story suffers somewhat from the all too common lack of substance that leaves the reader wondering what, other than lust, it is really based on What is somewhat odd is that there are several allusions [...]

    • Another page turner by Elizabeth Chadwick A heart wrenching story of love, hope and despair A brave, intelligent, witty woman Miriel and a fearing, sharp soldier Nicholas de Caen.

    • Okay, I m too liberal with stars A book has to be pretty crap to get two stars or less I mean, if I can finish it and not cry over the waste of my life, then it gets at least three.BUT I think this book is a true three My Plan II English Phi Betta Kappa self is not ashamed of my love of the most poorly written, over hyped series Twilight, Sookie Stackhouse nor will I deny my love of the historical fiction which flirts with that section 8 housing of literature known as romance Books set in the ti [...]

    • This was my first Elizabeth Chadwick read and rest assured it certainly won t be my last.I sat down to enjoy a hopefully enthralling historical romance and that s exactly what I got once the first third of the book was out of the way The early passages took me a while to get into, and I found the central characters to be rather selfish and unlikeable in their actions.Then comes the introduction of a central villain and the story really takes off, never running out of speed until the fitting clim [...]

    • Oh My Goodness how good is this book From the onset of the opening conflict I was gripped and full of empathy for Miriel, the heroine of the story The introduction of the prospective hero, Nicholas, had me rooting for the pair of them and there was never any doubt in my mind that they belonged together However, from their initial meeting their respective lives take very different courses and I was enthralled as events unfolded especially as I had no idea where they would lead.Miriel is feisty an [...]

    • What s not to love Perfect time period 1216 Characters are so real you feel like you know them all your life You really want to see Robert Willoughby go down You love Nicholas because he is pure of heart and reason Miriel brings you on a roller coaster ride You feel her sense of wanting to be free from her stepfather and her mother and the convent where she does not belong You understand her decisions to marry a much older man Who wouldn t make such a move given her circumstances What I am sayin [...]

    • Unremittingly dreadful Poor characterisation, unbelievable characters, stereotyping of King John in a way that defied belief kids, what she said he did is a big fat lie no one know what happened to Arthur and no one EVER suggested John was literally raving mad apart from a few bad writers Also writes forsoothly.I am sorry to write this as EC is much capable than appears here, despite my last review But then I notice this was first published in 1999 when she d been writing 8 or 9 years I take th [...]

    • I loved this book It s just the kind of historical fiction that I enjoy Great character development, interwoven lives, suspense and a well woven tale I will definitely be looking for other novels from this author.

    • A fast moving story with strong characters and vivid descriptions that create a real atmosphere of the period Have learned much about the wool trade of 13th century.

    • A terrific story sent in 13th century England There s some historical fiction here but mostly it s just a tale of adventure romance The characters really came alive.

    • I honestly can t remember how I came upon this author s work but the first book I read by her was Daughters of the Grail, which was a fascinating story about the Cathars So most likley I probably found it soon after I read Labyrinth by Kate Mosse which also dealt with the Cathars and I wanted to know After I read Daughters of the Grail, I quickly ordered a few books by Elizabeth Chadwick from the Book Depository This is the second book I ve read of hers and it was another great read But first [...]

    • Another environment lush, character vivid, and story intense work from Elizabeth Chadwick Not only does this author spin a good yarn, but she transports her readers to another world with problems, dilemmas, and battles all its own, and yet a world that is very much like our own as well History comes alive in her hands, and that s one of the main reasons I keep coming back to her, again and again.I loved how the author concentrated on the middle class of medieval society in this work, not the lor [...]

    • In The Marsh King s Daughter, Chadwick takes a departure from her usual stories about royalty and nobility and brings the real people of the era to life from wool traders to thieves, pirates and cut throats Set in 1216 during the last days of King John s reign, the book opens with the loss of King John s treasure while crossing the Wash, the large bay that separates East Anglia from Lincolnshire When Miriel Weaver is forced into a convent by her violent stepfather, she struggles to adapt to life [...]

    • In the fall of 1216, following a stalemate in his battles against the barons and shortly before he died, King John was returning west Along the way, he is said to have lost a significant part of his baggage train while crossing a tidal estuary The losses included, according to legend, the Crown Jewels.The Marsh King s Daughter tells the fictional story of two people Miriel Weaver and Nicholas de Caen and how the finding of some of this treasure impacts their lives, not always for the good Miriel [...]

    • Another excellent Chadwick This time the main characters are entirely invented though some of the minor characters are actual historical figures The main plot bunny is that intriguing question what did happen to King John s royal regalia Was it really lost in the Wash When Miriel Weaver is forced into a convent by her violent stepfather, she sees the opportunity to escape when nursing the wanted rebel Nicholas de Caen back to health It doesn t all quite go to plan, but Miriel does get away and d [...]

    • Of the Elizabeth Chadwick books I ve read, this was one of my favorites thus far Yes, the plotline is a little improbable, but it was coherent And let s face it, these are basically nice diversionary love story novels with enough historical veracity that you can tell yourself they re a cut above trashy romances If that s what you re looking for, this book will absolutely fit the bill Chadwick specializes a lot in the spirited female heroine genre, and sometimes I find her female leads a little t [...]

    • This is the second book I have read from this author Absolutely outstanding storytelling that brings the characters and the period of history alive.The book is set during and after the reign of King John 1216 It is the story of Miriel weaver, step daughter to a successful weaving family and a a soldier serving with King John Miriel is banished by her wicked step father to a nunnery and whilst there she saves the live of a soldier Nicholas de Caen who was nearly killed in a royal procession cross [...]

    • Actually, I d give it a 2 1 2 It wasn t quite good enough for a three I ve read two other books by Ms Chadwick that I liked really well so I expected to like this one I liked it, but not especially well The story was interesting, but too long Also, there was WAY too much explicit sex and I did a lot of skipping Fortunately, most of the time skipping to the next track worked, but sometimes this activity lasted for than one This story was not as grounded in history as the two previously read book [...]

    • 3.5 starsMiriel is sent to the convent by her stepfather, she is unhappy and thoughts of leaving are forever on her mind Escape is made easy by Nicholas who she nurses back to live and then demands that he help her in payment.Nicholas has secrets of his own and doesn t wish to have his plans affected by having to escort a runaway nun but he helps Miriel anyway and lives to regret it.That s how the book begins, but a lot happens to both of them as the years go by, and in the style of Chadwick it [...]

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