In her new standalone novel Elizabeth Chadwick brings to life one of history's forgotten figures - the fearless Irish princess and unsung heroine Aoife MacMurchada - as she did with her bestselling Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy.
Her father's only daughter. Her country's only hope.
________________________________ Ireland, 1152
The King of Lenister, awaiting news of his newborn child, is disappointed to hear he has a daughter. Diarmait MacMurchada wanted another strapping son to shoulder a spear, wield a sword, and protect his kingdom. But from the moment Diarmait held the newborn Aoife knew she would be his most precious treasure.
Forced into exile Aoife and her family find themselves at the mercy of Henry II. Aoife - aware of her beauty but not its power - intrigues and beguiles Henry in equal measure. For Aoife he agrees to help her father, an alliance that leads the MacMurchadas to the charistmatic Richard de Clare, a man dissatisfied with his lot and open to new horizons.
Diarmit promises Richard Aoife's hand in marriage in return for his aid in Ireland, but Aoife has her own thoughts on the matter. She may be a prize, but she is not a pawn, and she will play the men at their own game. For herself, for her family, and for her country.
From the royal halls of scheming kings, to staunch Welsh border fortresses and the wild green kingdoms of Ireland, The Irish Princess is a sumptuous, journey of ambition and desire, love and loss, heartbreak and survival.
Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick
'An author who makes history come gloriously alive'
'Stunning . . . Her characters are beguiling, and the story is intriguing'
'Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride'
'I rank Elizabeth Chadwick with such historical novelist stars as Dorothy Dunnett and Anya Seton'
Sharon Kay Penman
'Enjoyable and sensuous'
'Meticulous research and strong storytelling'
Woman & Home
'A riveting read . . . A glorious adventure not to be missed!'
Chadwick has excelled herself. This terrific novel is packed with action, emotion, politics and passion - Sunday Express
Elizabeth Chadwick is an excellent chronicler of royal intrigue... [The Irish Princess] is a fascinating account of Aoife's life - The Times
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An author who makes history come gloriously alive - The Times
One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is her stunning grasp of historical details... Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable
Enjoyable and sensuous - Daily Mail
Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel, you know you are in for a sumptuous ride - Daily Telegraph
Chadwick's research is impeccable, her characters fully formed and her storytelling enthralling - Historical Novel Review
Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early mediaeval re-enactment society with emphasis on accurately re-creating the past. She also tutors in the skill of writing historial and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt and has been shortlisted for the RNA Awards four times.