About

I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick

Unwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather. Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear. As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious novice. She plots to escape but her plans screech to a halt when a soldier of fortune, a half-dead Nicholas de Caen appears at the convent door. Once held captive by royalist troops, he has managed to escape their clutches with part of the royal regalia, but his flight has sapped all life from him. Miriel nurses him with the vigor she has had suppressed in her imprisonment, and revives Nicholas, in whom she recognizes her own stubborn pride and independence. He is not only her kindred spirit, he is also her only way out. So upon his recovery and release, Miriel coerces her former patient into taking her with him. Never one for nostalgia, Miriel has only seen Nicholas as a means of escape, and once out of the convent, the two part on bad terms. From this point forward, misfortune will plague Miriel’s life until she runs into a new Nicholas, this time a famous soldier and merchant. Can the two now see past their pride and into each other’s souls, formerly one and the same?

I honestly can’t remember how I came upon this author’s work but the first book I read by her was Daughters of the Grail, which was a fascinating story about the Cathars. So most likley I probably found it soon after I read Labyrinth by Kate Mosse which also dealt with the Cathars and I wanted to know more. After I read Daughters of the Grail, I quickly ordered a few more books by Elizabeth Chadwick from the Book Depository. This is the second book I’ve read of hers and it was another great read!

But first a little background. The story takes place during the last moments of King John’s reign (yes, the King John of Robin Hood fame), and one day, his baggage train was lost, which included lots of royal treasure. And it has been lost since. So this was the jumping off point for the story and how it could have affected two people. The author gives a short note about the historical background to this story at the end of the book.

While fleeing the convent with Nicholas, Miriel finds out about the treasure that Nicholas was able to get while the baggage train was sinking in the marshes, and seeing an opportunity, Miriel takes some of that treasure with her (including Queen Mathilda’s crown). The two lead separate lives but ultimately fate brings them together and despite their anger towards each other come upon a truce to never reveal to anyone each other’s secret. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but ultimately the king’s treasure served as a background story because this book was truly about Nicholas and Miriel. I loved the story because it just kept moving. There were constant hurdles that the characters were given that kept them apart which helped move the story along.

Miriel was a great character. She knew what she wanted and she was practical. I wasn’t sure what she would end up doing once she ran away from the convent, but her weaving business only made sense since that is what she knew how to do and it is what her own family’s business was. She was quite successful for a woman on her own, despite having to marry twice to secure her business and her own freedom in a way, and to make sure no one found out that she was a runaway. The whole time though, she made sure to keep a safe watch on her stolen treasure. Towards the end, I could feel the despair she was in and how trapped she was; she kept trying to be one step ahead of her husband but it ultimately would backfire until…..well, you’ll have ot read to find out.

One thing that I wasn’t completely sold on was the love that Nicholas and Miriel had for each other (at first). After they part they make mention of each other and how they think about each other in that longing way, but when they first met (while Miriel was nursing him back to health at the convent), I just didn’t see the potential for love there; I didn’t see that initial spark that I guess they had. For Nicholas it was more like love at first sight and later on his love for her wild spirit. I just couldn’t see why Miriel would have longed for Nicholas. Ultimately, it becomes a forbidden passion and I just put away my misgivings and engrossed myself in the story anyway. I did want to know more about Magdalene, Nicholas’ lady friend.

If you like historical fiction taking place at a different point in time, with a great story, then this is for you.

The author has a great website, which is currently being revamped, but definitely check it out to see her research and her other medieval books. Plus, I love the covers on all her books! So there’s a great cover gallery on her website as well.

217 comments to The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick

  • I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very
    easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Superb work!

  • Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning
    to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  • The man who haѕ donе hiѕ level best.
    .. is a succеѕs, even though the world may wгite hіm down
    a faіlure.

  • Dο nοt ωееp; ԁо
    nоt wax inԁignant. Undеrstand.

  • I’m extremely pleased to discover this site. I wanted to thank you for your time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely loved every part of it and I have you book-marked to look at new information in your site.

  • No matter if some one searches for his essential thing, therefore he/she needs to be available that in
    detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.

  • Generally I don’t learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very nice article.

  • Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my
    blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design.
    Cheers

  • Hello, Neat post. There is an issue together with your web site in web
    explorer, might test this? IE still is the marketplace chief and a large part of folks will omit your great writing due to
    this problem.

  • You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation however I
    to find this topic to be actually something which
    I feel I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely wide for me.
    I am taking a look forward for your next post, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!

  • Thanks designed for sharing such a fastidious idea,
    paragraph is good, thats why i have read it completely

  • You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality blogs
    online. I’m going to highly recommend this website!

  • Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is fantastic, as well as the content!

  • Right away I am going away to do my breakfast, once having my
    breakfast coming yet again to read more news.

  • Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you

  • Great blog you have here but I was curious if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed
    in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

  • May I simply say what a relief to find someone who really understands what
    they are discussing over the internet. You definitely realize how to bring an issue
    to light and make it important. A lot more people have to look at this and understand this side of
    the story. I was surprised you are not more popular given that you surely have the gift.

  • Somebody essentially help to make severely posts I would state.
    That is the very first time I frequented your web page and up to now?
    I amazed with the analysis you made to make this particular put up incredible.
    Wonderful activity!

  • I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But
    maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it
    better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  • Hi there, all is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s actually good, keep up writing.

  • Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with
    my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

  • Nice blog here! Also your site loads up fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your
    host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  • Excellent pieces. Keep writing such kind of information on your blog.
    Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hello there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will certainly digg it and individually suggest to my friends. I’m confident they
    will be benefited from this site.

  • It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I have learn this post and if I may just I desire to recommend
    you some interesting things or advice. Perhaps you can write subsequent articles
    relating to this article. I want to learn more things
    about it!

  • Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet
    the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people
    consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  • You’re so cool! I don’t think I have read through a single thing like this before.
    So nice to find another person with some genuine thoughts on this subject.
    Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is
    required on the web, someone with some originality!

  • Thanks for finally talking about > Polish Outlander ?
    The Marsh King?s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick < Liked it!

  • Wow, amazing weblog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made running a blog glance easy. The whole glance of your website is fantastic, let alone the content material!

  • I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t
    already ;) Cheers!

  • With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into
    any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website
    has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d genuinely
    appreciate it.

  • Hi! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  • My brother recommended I might like this web site. He used to be entirely right.
    This post truly made my day. You can not consider simply
    how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  • Quality articles is the crucial to be a focus for the viewers to go to see the web site,
    that’s what this website is providing.

  • Thanks , I’ve just been looking for info approximately this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.
    But, what about the bottom line? Are you positive in regards to the source?

  • I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as
    nobody else know such detailed about my trouble.
    You’re incredible! Thanks!

  • I’m really loving the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog audience have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this problem?

  • It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest
    you few interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you could
    write next articles referring to this article. I wish to
    read even more things about it!

  • What’s up, all is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s actually
    good, keep up writing.

  • For hottest news you have to visit internet and on internet I found this web site
    as a most excellent web page for latest updates.

  • Whаt an eхtremely positive аnd inspirіng aгtiсle.

    I really am very impresseԁ with your агticles.
    You prоduсe useful іdeas. Keep it uр.
    Keep blogging. Rеallу looking fоrwarԁ
    to going over youг next blog post.

    Takе a look at my sіte … Grow Taller

  • Ӏt iѕ haгԁ to finԁ blogs that offеr such
    consistently reаdable and informatіve content as is on offer on yours, you deѕervе the short time it has taκеn to jot down my admirаtіon of your work.
    Many thаnks.

    Also vіsit my wеb-site :: Get Taller

  • Тhе idea of your blog is totally frеsh, I’m sure that the readers who visit your blogs surely like your content and opinions.

    Visit my weblog :: Be Taller

  • On manу levels, I am more disheагtеned by the “gеneriс commenteг” than by the
    blatant spаmmег. You may ask
    why Βecause at least thе spаmmer is completely open and honeѕt with theіr sρamming!
    We can sρot who they are. The so called generic commenter is
    a con man and alѕо a fаke! You can probably see that I have very strong tοωards thіs group of сharlatans

    Mу site; Grow Taller

  • Should peoρle hope to receiѵe backlіnks thеn theу mіght want to at the very least shoω thе sense to write a themеd and
    reаdаble rеply. All cοmment
    spam does is hurt yоur ЅEO effοrts and
    generаtes ωoгthless links.
    Thе οnly way to behave is to befriend other bloggеrs who have blogs of a
    sіmilar subject matteг anԁ hoρеfully generate genuinе tаrgeted traffic by leaving a well thought гesponsе.
    You never κnow otherѕ might even give this sοme thought prіor to commenting аftеr me,
    Do not hold youг breath.

    my wеbsіte … Lisette

  • Thanks for finally talking about > Polish Outlander ? The Marsh King?s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick < Loved it!

  • It’s really a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this useful information with us.

    Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Hi, I do believe this is a great site. I stumbledupon it ;) I will
    return once again since I saved as a favorite it.
    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may
    you be rich and continue to guide other people.

  • If some one desires expert view concerning blogging afterward i advise him/her to visit this
    webpage, Keep up the nice work.

  • you are in reality a excellent webmaster. The
    site loading speed is amazing. It kind of feels
    that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a wonderful task on this topic!

  • Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the website is really good.