Hild, by Nicola Griffith

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    anonymous
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    I just learned about this book. I haven't read it yet, but it came highly recommended from a history nerd friend. And timely, for where the podcast currently is!http://amzn.com/B00DA734SAUpdate: I started reading this book, and it's pretty neat. This is the Hild who is the daughter of Hereric, and the book even features Edwin! The author uses a lot of terms that may be unfamiliar to people who don't know Anglo-Saxon England, but if you're caught up on the podcast, it (and many of the characters) should mostly be familiar to you. I like how the author leaves you to glean the meaning through context. Really enjoying it so far.

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    anonymous
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    I read this book during the summer.  I also recommend it.  It's an interesting, well-written book in its own right. I found that the podcast helped my understanding of the book and the book also helped my understanding of the podcast.  I often had trouble keeping places like Lindsey, Elmet, and Rheged straight and distinct in my mind while listening to the podcast, but reading lots of narrative accounts of characters in places like those or dealing with politics involving those kingdoms really helped me to keep better track of them all.I think the author plans two more volumes in this fictional biography of Hilda.  At the end of the first book, Hild is still a very young woman and not a nun/abbess, and Edwin is still alive and ruling, so there's a lot more ground to cover.  It will be interesting to see what the author has in store for the fictionalized behind-the-scenes stuff when Hilda gets involved in religious and political intrigue and power-broking, and how she presents the many conflicts between Northumbria and Mercia and between Ecgfrith and Wilfred that we're only learning about now in the podcast.

  • #19997

    anonymous
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    Have you read Katharine by Anya Seton? It's quite old, published in the mid fifties. She was the mistress and then wife of John of Gaunt. She was also the sister-in-law of Geoffrey Chaucer. I think it's still available, not sure about Kindle. I'm not really into historical novels about real people, but I really enjoyed it.

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