The Siege Winter

The Siege Winter

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"1141. England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda, vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, not even Emma, an eleven-year-old peasant, is safe. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger-haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead. When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her, she has no memory of her previous life. Unable to abandon her, Gwyl takes the girl with him, dressing her as a boy, giving her a new name--Penda--and teaching her to use a bow. But Gwyn knows that the man who hurt Penda roams free, and that a scrap of evidence she possesses could be very valuable. Gwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth, a small but strategically important fortress that belongs to fifteen-year-old Maud. Newly wedded to a boorish and much older husband after her father's death, the fierce and determined young chatelaine tempts fate and Stephen's murderous wrath when she gives shelter to the empress. Aided by a garrison of mercenaries, including Gwyl and his odd red-headed apprentice, Maud will stave off Stephen's siege for a long, brutal winter that will bring a host of visitors to Kenilworth--kings, soldiers . . . and a sinister monk with deadly business to finish" -- from publisher's web site.
A traumatized apprentice archer, disguised as a boy, and the young chatelaine of a strategically important fortress risk their lives to support the Empress Matilda's campaign for the throne of mid-12th-century England
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, 2015
ISBN: 9780062282583
Characteristics: 1 online resource (352 pages)
Additional Contributors: Norman, Samantha
Call Number: eBook

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Mar 24, 2018

I had a really hard time putting this book down. It is totally absorbing and well-written.
I have read all Ariana Franklin's novels and hate it that this will be the last one.

Jan 12, 2016

Very well written.

Sep 14, 2015

The time period represented in this novel is often referred to as "the anarchy" when Empress Matilda and her cousin King Stephen battled for the crown of England. Fans of Ellis Peter's "Brother Caulfael" series will also recognize the time period as the background for those terrific historical mysteries. Also during this time period - Ken Follett's " The Pillars of the Earth" (which I have yet to read but I will the next time I have 3000 Hours to kill)

I Think the daughter did a fine job stepping in for her late mother to finish writing this novel. I was a big fan of Ariana Franklin.

May 02, 2015

Since I enjoyed the series Mistress of the Art of Death, I was happy to find this book. A good read, especially if you enjoy early history.

Apr 14, 2015

A good medieval setting and some well drawn characters made this a book that sweeps you off to another time and place.

Mar 17, 2015

This final book from Ariana Franklin ("Mistress Of The Art Of Death" series) will be a hit with her readers, as well as fans of Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Penman, and George R.R. Martin. Franklin never sugarcoats the brutal time of the war between Stephen and Matilda, aka "The Time When Christ and all His Saints slept"; violence and mayhem, destroying the lives of the powerful as well as the powerless. Yet the story of reluctant soldier Gwil and his adopted daughter Pen shine like a light in the darkness


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