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The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Harold’s common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. She is determined to protect her children’s destinies and control her economic future, but her youngest son becomes a hostage of the Normans.

Elditha avoids an arranged marriage with a Breton knight by which her son might or might not be given into his care. She makes her own choice and sets out through strife-torn England to seek help from her sons in Dublin. However, events again overtake her.

Harold’s mother, Gytha, holds up in her city of Exeter with other aristocratic women, including Elditha’s eldest daughter. The girl is at risk, drawing Elditha back to Exeter and resistance. Initially supported by Exeter’s burghers, the women withstand the siege. However, after three horrific weeks they negotiate exile and the removal of their treasure. But will Elditha ever be reunited with her hostage son?

This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival, and reconciliation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moving, and vastly informative, a real page-turner of a historical novel.”

    Fay Weldon, Writers Guild Award–winning author

  • “The Battle of Hastings, between King Harold of England and Duke William of Normandy in 1066, is the setting for this fascinating work of historical fiction, narrated by Heather Wilds. Using crisp tones and a steady pace, Wilds delivers the adventures of Elditha Swanneck, King Harold’s handfasted (common law) wife. A woman from a well-established and powerful British family, Elditha draws upon her connections to other aristocratic women in the land. Wilds’ patrician pronunciation, flawless shifts from English to French, and minimal emotional engagement with the story are just what the tale requires. Luscious courtly scenes of lawmaking, negotiations, and domestic activities, including embroidery, are interspersed with ruthless battles, breathless escapes, and subtle intrigue.”


  • Shortlisted for the 2014 RONA Romantic Novel of the Year Award
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About the Author

Carol McGrath taught history and English for many years. She holds degrees in English and creative writing. She travels extensively, enjoys photography, and loves spending time with her two children and husband at their home and garden. McGrath lives in a very old village in England.