My Favorite Reads is hosted by Alyce @ At home with books, and here we talk about past books we have loved.
The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick
A marriage of political expediency unites 15-year-old Lady Judith of Ravenstow and Guy FitzMiles, lord of Ledworth. Judith has been traumatized by a brutal father and is terrified of men. Guyon, a decade older, is a handsome and powerful Norman nobleman, well versed in the arts of love and of war. A compassionate man, he is so moved by the terror of his child bride that he refrains from sex on their wedding night.
The novel follows parallel lines: the personal history of Judith and Guyon, and the history of 12th-century feudal England. Along with Guyon's tender wooing of Judith, her coming-of-age and the final consummation of their marriage, there are border skirmishes, Welsh raids, full-scale battles, murderous schemes and dreams of power. The daily life of the occupied Welsh and the occupying Normans is described in extensive detail.
This book was one of the books that made me love historical books and especially those with romance. I read it surely over 15-10 years ago and loved it at once. I really should read it again and see how it holds up or if I was swept away by being a kid and seeing everything through rose coloured glasses.
I remember how in love I fell with the century, and the life they lived. I loved the love story even if I even no remember the things I did not like about the book. Since Judith still was a child and well Guyon had another woman. I am sure I would not like that part again since I hoped as she grew a bit more that they would be madly in love. But it takes a while.
Still it was my first Chadwick book, and it's a wonderful love story and well researched. At least I loved it back then in a way that I will never forget it.