The Abbess of Whitby: A novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay

The Abbess of Whitby: A novel of Hild of Northumbria

byJill Dalladay

Kobo ebook | August 21, 2015

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Illustrations by Krisztina Kallai Nagy add to the warm-hearted appeal of the parables.
Title:The Abbess of Whitby: A novel of Hild of NorthumbriaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 21, 2015Publisher:Lion Hudson PlcLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1782641556

ISBN - 13:9781782641551

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fascinating biographical novel Writing about a woman in the Dark Ages, is no easy feat, as record keeping, especially when it came to women, was rare indeed. To recreate the path of a woman's life requires a painstaking piecing together of facts along with the author's imagination. In The Abbess of Whitby, the author has succeeding in blending fact with fiction to recreate Hild of Northumbria's life. With its stunning cover, Hild's story is a compelling one. As the daughter of the king's nephew, she is chosen as a handmaiden to the queen. She loses favor when she questions the king regarding whether he had a hand at poisoning and murdering her father. The king marries her off to a very difficult, hard man. Her life is miserable until she learns about Christ and becomes a Christian. This was an easy read, albeit a little slow at times, but this is typical for biograhical novels. The characters are based on real, colorful persons who lived the historical events described. I have never read a book set in the 7th century, so found it fascinating to learn about this era. More than anything else, this is the story of a fascinating woman who overcame the rigid rules and hardships women faced to gain respect and admiration from the people. A grand tale beautifully told!
Date published: 2016-03-02