A Frankish princess, a Wessex queen. Discover the remarkable true story of Judith of West Francia!
As a daughter of King Charles of West Francia, Judith has always known that her destiny lies in a nunnery. But Judith longs for a very different life. She dreams of fine clothes, a household of her own, children and a handsome husband.
Athelwulf the ageing, but kindly King of Wessex is far from the romantic figure she has dreamed of, but when he proposes marriage, Judith seizes her chance to escape the religious life. She takes her place at his side as Queen of Wessex, a role she is certain she will fulfil to perfection.
At the Court of Winchester Judith’s life is dominated by her stepsons. She quickly forms a bond with the youngest, the engaging Prince Alfred, but finds very different emotions are stirred by his older brother, the rebellious and cynical Athelbald.
However, while marriage to a man nearly four times her age may not be exactly what she wanted, she discovers it has its advantages. He proves to be both generous and indulgent. He also leaves her with the prospect of a long and often scandalous widowhood, as the determined young woman battles heartbreak and imprisonment while never giving up hope of finding happiness – no matter how far she has to travel to find it…
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Anna Chant is a freelance writer, historical novelist and mother of three from Torquay, South Devon. Having studied history at the University of Sheffield, Anna has developed a deep love of the past and particularly that fabulous period of medieval history known as The Dark Ages. Away from writing, Anna loves reading and watching SciFi, exploring the Devon countryside and camping.