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Author Franklin, Ariana, author.

Title The siege winter / Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman.

Publication Info. New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015].


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 GDL Central Library Fiction    M FRANKLIN,ARI    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 338 pages ; 24 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Summary "1141. England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda, vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, not even Emma, an eleven-year-old peasant, is safe. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger-haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead. When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her, she has no memory of her previous life. Unable to abandon her, Gwyl takes the girl with him, dressing her as a boy, giving her a new name--Penda--and teaching her to use a bow. But Gwyn knows that the man who hurt Penda roams free, and that a scrap of evidence she possesses could be very valuable. Gwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth, a small but strategically important fortress that belongs to fifteen-year-old Maud. Newly wedded to a boorish and much older husband after her father's death, the fierce and determined young chatelaine tempts fate and Stephen's murderous wrath when she gives shelter to the empress. Aided by a garrison of mercenaries, including Gwyl and his odd red-headed apprentice, Maud will stave off Stephen's siege for a long, brutal winter that will bring a host of visitors to Kenilworth--kings, soldiers . . . and a sinister monk with deadly business to finish" -- from publisher's web site.
A traumatized apprentice archer, disguised as a boy, and the young chatelaine of a strategically important fortress risk their lives to support the Empress Matilda's campaign for the throne of mid-12th-century England
Subject Matilda, Empress, consort of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1102-1167.
Stephen, King of England, 1097?-1154.
Young women -- Fiction.
Archers -- Fiction.
Civil war -- Great Britain -- 12th century -- Fiction.
Castles -- England -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Stephen, 1135-1154 -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Added Author Norman, Samantha, author.
ISBN 9780062282569 (hardcover)
0062282565 (hardcover)

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