THE WINTER MANTLE
The Year after William the Conqueror becomes England's ruler, one of his hostages, Walthe of Huntington, falls in love with William's niece, Judith. Their love is tested by divided loyalties, court intrigues and family bonds, but it is Walthe's daughter, Matilda, and her husband, Simon, who face even greater obstacles. When the turmoil following William's death pits brother against brother, they are pulled into the tangled webs of alliance and intrigue.
Like all great historical novelists, Chadwick has the gift of bringing real people and their lives into clear focus, allowing us into their world. This tale of love, betrayal, political turmoil and intrigue utterly captivates. SENSUAL (Apr., 512 pp., $26.95)