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Strongbow’s Wife

Frank Parker

Category: Drama

The Norman occupation of Ireland through the eyes of the wife of their leader. First as a teenager bemused by her father’s downfall. Then as a young wife distressed by the violence of feuds old and new. Finally, as a widow concerned about her children and the future. “Like having history come alive” (Tome Tender book blog)

Promised in marriage to the man who led the Norman invasion of Ireland, what were her thoughts as she approached the altar in a city sacked by her future husband?

The activities of Strongbow, and the other Cambro-Normans who took part in the twelfth century conquest of Ireland have been written about extensively. Of Aoife we know only that she accompanied her father on his year long search for assistance; that, when Strongbow eventually arrived, the marriage took place days after a massacre in Waterford.

This account is presented through her eyes. First as a teenager bemused by her father’s downfall. Then as a young wife distressed by the violence of feuds old and new. Finally, as a widowed mother worried about her children and the future of her native land.

“[The male author] tells a great story from a female viewpoint.” (Janet Cameron, Author of The Minx)

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