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The year is 1210, and Ailith is at Windsor Castle witnessing the recovery of the bodies of Matilda de Braose and her eldest son, Will, from an oubliette beneath the floor of the round tower where they have been cruelly starved to death. First maid, then companion to Matilda, Ailith is caught up in the harrowing events that lead to them being incarcerated in a cold and lonely cell with no food, no water and at the end, no hope, and her story begins here. Taken into service at Bramber Castle in Sussex, in the year 1182, Ailith is inexorably drawn towards her new mistress, the ill-fated Matilda de Braose. She has no sooner arrived however, than she learns of William de Braose's reptuation as as a cruel and violent man following the massacre of Welsh princes at Abergavenny. William's ambitions lead him to be noticed by King John, and Ailith, the seventh child of the seventh child quickly realizes that their destinies are fatally entwined.

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Storms and Shadows
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Storms and Shadows
November 9th, 2014
Set in the 12th century, about the deBraose family. The story centers on the wife, Matilda as seen through the eyes of her ladys' maid. The brutality she endures throughout her life, probably typical how women were treated then. The author may have taken some "creative interpretation" with many of the historical facts throughout the story. Her life was a hard, sad, lonely existance, frightening experiences day in and day out. All in all it was a pretty good read. Caught my interest right away, I could have done away with all the brutality though, but then, you really seemed to get the grit of the dirt between your teeth as the author lays out this story.
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