Thursday 15th November 2018 will see the release of my latest book, Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest.
Everyone knows about the events of 1066; the story of invasion and conquest.
But what of the women?
Harold II of England had been with Edith Swan-neck for twenty years but in 1066, in order to strengthen his hold on the throne, he married Ealdgyth, sister of two earls. William of Normandy’s duchess, Matilda of Flanders had, supposedly, only agreed to marry the Duke after he’d pulled her pigtails and thrown her in the mud. Harald Hardrada had two wives – apparently at the same time.
So, who were these women? What was their real story? And what happened to them after 1066?
From Emma of Normandy, wife of both King Cnut and Aethelred II to Saint Margaret, a descendant of Alfred the Great himself, ‘Silk and the Sword’ traces the fortunes of the women who had a significant role to play in the momentous events of 1066.
What people are saying about Silk and the Sword:
Amberley Publishing: “A new approach to the perenially fascinating moment in British history that will be irresistable.”
Michael Jones, author of The Black Prince: “Very much enjoying my pre-publication copy of Silk and the Sword. Sharon Connolly brings the women of the Norman Conquest alive with knowledge and wonderful enthusiasm.”
Author Louise Wyatt: “First chapter done and the promise of an awesome read has already been fulfilled.”
From Tony Riches: “the central theme of Silk and the Sword, … is how little is known about the women involved in the build-up to the Norman Conquest. It has taken much detective work to sort out the few known facts from the many myths. It hasn’t helped that even the names of these women are debated and records of the time (including the famous tapestry) focus on the men.”
From S.J.A. Turney: “Once more a refreshing and unique look at the women of British history, this book offers a perspective you’ll not find in any other work on the events of 1066….Silk and the Sword is a valuable addition to any reference library on the Medieval world and simply a very good read.”
To pre-order the book today:
It is also available for pre-order in the USA from Amazon US.
Saturday 24th November 2018: Book signing celebrating the release of Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest at Gainsborough Old Hall, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, 10am to 4pm.
Saturday 1st December 2018: 11am to 3pm, book signing for the release of Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest at Waterstones, Bradford Wool Exchange.
Wednesday 5th December 2018: 2-4pm, talk with the Retford Authors Group at Retford Library, North Nottinghamshire.
Friday 11th January 2019: 7pm. Talk and signing of Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest for Lindum Books at The Collection, Lincoln. Tickets £5 from Lindum Books or online from The Collection.
Tuesday 15th January 2019: Misterton Women’s Group, Misterton Methodist Hall, North Nottinghamshire, 7.30pm. Talk and book signing.
Thursday 21st March 2019: Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster. Book launch: paperback edition of Heroines of the Medieval World. Local Heroines talk and booksigning
Wednesday 2nd October 2019: Gringley-on-the-Hill WI, Gringley Community Centre, North Nottinghamshire, 7.30pm. Talk and book signing.
©2018 Sharon Bennett Connolly