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ISBN: 0091118603
Author: Hilda Lewis
Language: English
Publisher: Hutchinson; 1St Edition edition (October 1966)
Pages: 352
Category: British & Irish
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 702
Size Fb2: 1182 kb
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Wife to the Bastard book.

Wife to the Bastard book. I'm definitely interested to learn as much as I can about Matilda, and more about William, after reading this.

Report an error in the book. Matilda of Flanders, queen to William the Conqueror was beautiful, exquisitely small, clever, with a perfect courtesy trained in the rigid school of medieval manners. But within lay a root of darkness – inheritance, perhaps, of Viking ancestors.

Wife to the Bastard - Hilda Lewis.

Matilda of Flanders, queen to William the Conqueror was beautiful, exquisitely small, clever, with a perfect courtesy trained in the rigid school of medieval manners. But within lay a root of darkness - inheritance, perhaps, of Viking ancestors. Twice, at least, in her lifetime the Viking streak broke through, in vengeance on a faithless lover, in fury wreaked on a rival of the marriage bed. The marriage, though fruitful of so many children, was on her side no match of love. Wife to the Bastard - Hilda Lewis.

Hilda Lewis was one of the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists. She was born in London and lived for much of her life in Nottingham

Hilda Lewis was one of the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists. She was born in London and lived for much of her life in Nottingham. She wrote over 20 novels, most published in hardback by Hutchinson and paperbacked by Arrow. Hilda Lewis died in 1974.

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So, Catherine, with her background of poverty amidst fantastic luxury, of blood and cruelty, of masques and triumphs, of true religious faith and spiritual fervor, went to the marriage bed to find Henry had little time or inclination for a wife. Always before his eyes was England, his rights, his lands-and his claim to France.

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Comments:

caster
This book started out interesting, with her getting pregnant and having to hide the birth of her child, but it went downhill from there. The writing was so boring, or the writing style, or the subject, or all of the above, that I ended up not even caring about what happened to the character and had to force myself to finish the book to see what all the fuss was about. I didn't get a good feel for the character or for the lives of the other people in this book. It was so dull, all I remember is her having a lot of children and how her husband wasn't the nicest of people. Otherwise, I found my self reading the Wikipedia entry for Matilda, that was more interesting than this book was! I don't think I will try to read another book by this author again.
Wenyost
I read this book years ago, but it's stuck in my mind ever since, so it was a delight to see it available again. The book is well written and the characters are vivid, their motivations clear, their actions consistent with their stories. The book covers the marriage of William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda, from before 1066 through the later years of their marriage when their children were tearing the family and the country apart. It's a somewhat sad book but a great way to introduce yourself to the events and personalities of the era. It's also well written so the prose is a pleasure to read. If you like historical fiction, this is an excellent addition to your must-read list.
Skilkancar
I'm a huge fan of historical fiction! While I have read quite a bit of historical fiction about the rulers of England, this is the first I had seen on Matilda of Flanders. Fascinating read.
Dammy
This book definitely held my interest - in many areas historically inaccurate but overall a good read.
Lcena
Pretty good piece of historical fiction.
Jek
Very good book. Enjoyed it. If your interested in the Queens of England you will like this book.
Shadowredeemer
I like this book. I probably would have given it 5 stars except for one thing -- I wonder if it was ever edited. And if it was, fire the editor.

I admit I am a stickler for correct grammar when reading a book. This book has many errors, such as "be little" instead of "belittle," etc. Otherwise, if this does not bother you, get this book. It is very interesting.

I have read many books on William the Conqueror but this is my first book on his wife. I enjoyed it.
This is the story of Matilda of Flanders, wife to William the Conqueror, the first Norman king of England. This is the second book I've read concerning both of these two very important people; the other being Bastard King by Jean Plaidy. I had to compare the two, and I find that while Lewis' book is a bit more detailed, it lacked in comparison to Plaidy for me.

I'll start with what I don't like. I didn't like that through the whole book it seemed like Matilda was fed up with William from the get go. Though there isn't much on her I always was under the impression that Matilda did have some real sort of affection for William. Here I felt like she just tolerated him because she had to, like he was an annoying child who's loveable at the same time. Maybe it was because of how the book started off, which it didn't really have to, but it was annoying for me throughout the whole story. I felt like it detracted from it. I'll also say that I felt like her use of detail went into the monotonous also. I felt Lewis repeated herself quite a bit when it wasn't needed and dragged the book out longer than was necessary in some parts.

Now on to what I liked. I did like that I got a better feel for their daily lives as opposed to Plaidy's novel. I felt like I got to know what it was really like living in Norman Normandy and England. I also like that I got to know their children Robert Curthouse, Richard and William Rufus(though, like Matilda, I detested him from jump street.)

Overall this is a good book if you like more detail. I will say that I felt like there were a lot of typos in my copy, like it was a first draft in some places. I also was confused on some of the dates(though some of it is partially my fault.) Once you get past that the book is pretty good.

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