Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Swarming of Bees- So Delightful!

From the Anglo Saxon Chronicle A.D. 627 "This year was King Edwin baptized at Easter, with all his people ".

Hild was an orphan who had become a member of the household of her great uncle, King Edwin and she is one of those baptized with Edwin. She becomes an Abbess and is wise, beloved and has political importance,so that the Synod of Whiby is held at her monastery sometime around 664.

A delightful book with very well developed characters such as Hild, her herbwife Fridgyth and the daughter of King Oswy. A wonderful blend of facts and mystery, superimposed on actual historical events.

Real life characters such as Caedmon the poet and later Saint,Wilfred of York and Aldfrith the son of King Oswy spring off the page and entertain.

I loved this book and recommend it to historians and mystery lovers alike.

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