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19 August 2019

Historical Fiction Spotlight: The Confessor's Wife, by Kelly Evans

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In the 11th Century, when barren wives are customarily cast aside, how does Edith of Wessex not only manage to stay married to King Edward the Confessor, but also become his closest advisor, promote her family to the highest offices in the land, AND help raise her brother to the throne? And why is her story only told in the footnotes of Edward’s history?

Not everyone approves of Edward’s choice of bride. Even the king’s mother, Emma of Normandy, detests her daughter-in-law and Edith is soon on the receiving end of her displeasure. Balancing her sense of family obligation with her duty to her husband, Edith must also prove herself to her detractors. 

Edward’s and Edith’s relationship is respectful and caring, but when Edith’s enemies engineer her family’s fall from grace, the king is forced to send her away. She vows to do anything to protect her family’s interests if she returns, at any cost. Can Edith navigate the dangerous path fate has set her, while still remaining loyal to both her husband and her family?

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About the Author

Kelly Evans was born in Canada of Scottish extraction, and graduated in History and English from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two rescue cats. I worked in the financial sector as a trade technology project manager for over 20 years and retired last year to write full time. My short stories have been published in numerous magazines and E-zines as well as a horror anthology, where my fourteenth century historic-horror story was received with enthusiasm. Find out more at Kelly's website and follow her on Twitter @ChaucerBabe.

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