The story set during the Welsh March wars Guyon is ordered to marry Judith just 16 years old and terrified of marriage after seeing the treatment meted out to her mother by her father. On his side Guyon is angry that he is forced to marry Judith who he considers a child. Used to the charms of more mature women he finds her too childish for him. What eventually evolves is a beautiful, mature relationship based on trust, deep affection and a kindness on the part of Guyon who knows that Judith has to be handled gently if they are to make a success of their marriage.
The background to the story is tumultous. It is a period of war - annexing territory without regard for any moral norms. Bloody warfare is rife and the kingdom is torn apart and every Lord has to make sure that he is on the alert for marauding tribes. Despite the constant warfare, the constant battle to maintain one's own territory and the fact that you never know whether your husband is going to return home in one piece, this book combines the best of history in violent times with a very tender love story. Beginning in 1089 a period of history in a time which was not very well known to me set in a very beautiful country this was a very interesting book.
I haven't read much Elizabeth Chadwick but am definitely going to keep my eye out for books by this author.