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Author: Carol McGrath Narrator: Heather Wilds Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781494580346
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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. Determined to protect her children's destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to William's camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Harold's body on the battlefield and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage.

This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival and reconciliation. Download and start listening now!


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

About the Narrator

Heather Wilds is an audiobook narrator and an award-winning actress. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the University of Glamorgan and has appeared in numerous plays, receiving critical acclaim. She has also performed in award-winning short films, appeared on television and in commercials, and has worked extensively as a voice-over artist.