Morning Gift

Morning Gift

Matilda de Risle did not choose to be married, but on the death of her two older brothers she became a valuable asset to her guardian, King Henry the First. So, want to or not, she is give in marriage to his protege, fat Sigward, Lord of Hatfelde.

He is the first of the husbands she is forced to marry and the only one to give her anything back. Her morning gift - the customary Saxon present to a wife if her lords finds her pleasing on their wedding night - is the island of Dungesey in the Fens...a bolt hold, my dear, somewhere to hide should trouble come.' And come it does when Matilda is widowed and up for sale again.

As the terrible civil war between King Stephen and Empress Matilda in the 1140s tears England apart, Matilda de Risle has to fight for her land, her son's safety - and her own life. The Morning Gift is set at a time of barbarous civil war against the background of the scents of the Fens in all seasons - and is a heart wrenching story of survival and love.


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