The Siege Winter

Paperback | February 24, 2015

byAriana Franklin, Samantha Norman

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1141 AD: King Stephen is warring with his cousin Empress Matilda over the throne of England. Every cathedral, every castle, every seat of power will swear fealty to one or the other – but not every stronghold is as strategic or as valuable as Kenniford Castle in Oxfordshire. Its mistress, 16 year old Maud of Kenniford swears fealty to Stephen, but Matilda’s forces have decreed that she marry the odious John of Tewing.

L ife in the Fenlands carries on as usual - that is until the mercenaries ride through the marsh. And a small red-haired girl named Em is snatched and carried off. After the soldiers have finished with her they leave her for dead. But fenland girls are not easy to kill. Although she has lost all memory of her past life including her name, Em survives and falls under the protection of Gwyl, a Breton archer. Together Gwyl and his new protege--now crop-headed and disguised as a boy--travel through the countryside giving archery exhibitions. But there is one man who hasn't forgotten the little red-haired girl. He has some unfinished business with her and he is determined to finish it.

And one freezing winter in an Oxfordshire castle completely besieged, he might well get his chance...

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 1141 AD: King Stephen is warring with his cousin Empress Matilda over the throne of England. Every cathedral, every castle, every seat of power will swear fealty to one or the other – but not every stronghold is as strategic or as valuable as Kenniford Castle in Oxfordshire. Its mistress, 16 year old Maud of Kenniford swears fealty t...

 Samantha Norman began working life in publishing as a junior editor in children's books before moving in to freelance journalism. Samantha is now a broadcaster who is mad about horses. She lives in west London with her two sons Harry and Charlie, and their dogs Becks and Spider.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 5.94 × 0.96 inPublished:February 24, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143183494

ISBN - 13:9780143183495

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The tale of Matilda and Stephen and the fight for the crown of England The Siege Winter is a delightful historical fiction novel written by the late Ariana Franklin and completed by Samantha Norman, her daughter. It is set in the 12th century and begins with an abbot who lies on his death bed. Despite his frail health, he is clinging to life to reveal a murderous tale to a scribe before he dies. Through his narrative, we are taken from his death bed to scenes of his past. The voice is compelling, the story engrossing! It is the tale of Matilda and her cousin Stephen and their long, drawn out battle for the crown of England. Well researched, gripping, and historically accurate, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish. There is plenty to laud within its pages - strong women, battle scenes, treachery, greed, love, and even a touch of humor. Easy to read, it moves along at a good clip. The authors take us on a journey through 12th century England with all its dangers, treachery, murders. A wonderfully told story! Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2015-04-09

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“[A] thoroughly captivating tale.” - Kirkus“Wonderfully plotted, with a dozen twists. Succeeds brilliantly as both historical fiction and crime-thriller.” - Diana Gabaldon"Great fun! Franklin succeeds in vividly bringing the twelfth century to life with this cracking good story. Expertly researched, a brilliant heroine, full of excellent period detail." - Kate Mosse“An exhilarating whodunit and my favourite book of the year. I’d like to crown Ariana Franklin Queen of the Historical Mystery.” - Tess Gerritsen“Franklin is one of the very best creators medieval whodunits writing today.” - The Guardian“Highly entertaining… With Franklin, history is fun and games, as well as terribly suspenseful.” - New York Daily News“Excellent….Eloquently sketched characters [and] bits of medieval lore flavor the constantly unfolding plot.” - Publishers Weekly“Science and romance vie with superstition and barbarism in this richly detail, almost indecently thrilling mystery.” - New York Times“This excellent adventure delivers high drama and lively scholarship.” - New York Times Book Review“An impeccably researched tapestry of murder most foul, regal intrigue and heady feminism…A refreshing take on a well-worn genre.” - Entertainment Weekly“Franklin is an adept storyteller who disseminates her research into the period with clarity and lightness of touch.” - The Times (UK)