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    • ISBN:9780748126309
    • Publication date:09 Dec 2010

Shadows and Strongholds

By Elizabeth Chadwick

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A powerful mediaeval tale of pride, loyalty and conflict as one young man fights the shadows of his past and his future, from acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Chadwick

An awkward misfit, nine-year-old Fulke FitzWarin leaves his family for the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Once there, he begins to learn the knightly arts which he desperately hopes will free him from the shadows of his past.

Joscelin's youngest daughter, Hawise, befriends Fulke when he most needs it. But as the years pass, an enemy to Ludlow changes their friendship unalterably, forcing them onto opposite sides of a cruel divide.

When the menace to Ludlow intensifies, Fulke must confront the future head on or fail on all counts, all the while desperate to know if Hawise stands with or against him.

Biographical Notes

Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early mediaeval re-enactment society with emphasis on accurately re-creating the past. She also tutors in the skill of writing historial and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt and has been shortlisted for the RNA Awards four times.

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  • ISBN: 9780751551822
  • Publication date: 31 Jan 2013
  • Page count: 592
  • Imprint: Sphere
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