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Edwy the Fair is a retelling of the story of Eadwig, who was King of the English from 955 through 959 AD. He ascended the throne at 16 on the death of Eadred, the previous King. Eadred had no children, and Eadwig was the oldest eligible relative of the House of Wessex. Eadwig's reign began with difficulty, as he quarreled with the Bishop of Dunstan (later Archbishop of Can Edwy the Fair is a retelling of the story of Eadwig, who was King of the English from 955 through 959 AD. He ascended the throne at 16 on the death of Eadred, the previous King. Eadred had no children, and Eadwig was the oldest eligible relative of the House of Wessex. Eadwig's reign began with difficulty, as he quarreled with the Bishop of Dunstan (later Archbishop of Canterbury and finally Saint Dunstan) over his choice to pay court to a young woman rather than attend an important meeting of state. The woman became his wife, but Eadwig's troubles were not over.


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Edwy the Fair is a retelling of the story of Eadwig, who was King of the English from 955 through 959 AD. He ascended the throne at 16 on the death of Eadred, the previous King. Eadred had no children, and Eadwig was the oldest eligible relative of the House of Wessex. Eadwig's reign began with difficulty, as he quarreled with the Bishop of Dunstan (later Archbishop of Can Edwy the Fair is a retelling of the story of Eadwig, who was King of the English from 955 through 959 AD. He ascended the throne at 16 on the death of Eadred, the previous King. Eadred had no children, and Eadwig was the oldest eligible relative of the House of Wessex. Eadwig's reign began with difficulty, as he quarreled with the Bishop of Dunstan (later Archbishop of Canterbury and finally Saint Dunstan) over his choice to pay court to a young woman rather than attend an important meeting of state. The woman became his wife, but Eadwig's troubles were not over.

13 review for Edwy the Fair by A. D. Crake, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    I came to this one off the back of an excellent short collection of ghost stories I've previously read by the author. EDWY THE FAIR isn't in the same league although it is fitfully entertaining. It's a historical romance about the life of St. Dunstan and his deeds surrounding the early Anglo-Saxon kings. Plenty of action, intrigue and high drama following those whose exploits helped shape the fortunes of the kingdom, but be prepared for heavy-handed Christian intervention at all times, unsurpris I came to this one off the back of an excellent short collection of ghost stories I've previously read by the author. EDWY THE FAIR isn't in the same league although it is fitfully entertaining. It's a historical romance about the life of St. Dunstan and his deeds surrounding the early Anglo-Saxon kings. Plenty of action, intrigue and high drama following those whose exploits helped shape the fortunes of the kingdom, but be prepared for heavy-handed Christian intervention at all times, unsurprising given that Crake himself was a vicar. I didn't mind this stuff too much but it does seem a bit preachy at times, even for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Beautifully written, the language used to convey the descriptions and the “medieval talk” was great. Yet I give these 2 stars because from the start, the author seemed to have made up his mind that King Edwy was the evil one. Later I researched to find out the author was a priest. Page after page I felt like I was being preached upon, mind you I am a Believer, but I read literature to explore other worlds and point views not to be lectured upon, I say let the reader draw its own conclusions. Altho Beautifully written, the language used to convey the descriptions and the “medieval talk” was great. Yet I give these 2 stars because from the start, the author seemed to have made up his mind that King Edwy was the evil one. Later I researched to find out the author was a priest. Page after page I felt like I was being preached upon, mind you I am a Believer, but I read literature to explore other worlds and point views not to be lectured upon, I say let the reader draw its own conclusions. Although, this book was written in the Victorian era, so that could explain some of the points of view on religion and morality. Another point was that the story turned from being mainly about the King to being about Elfric of Ascendune, which was confusing and a little disappointing even though I did like Elfric‘s character. I liked the story, like I mentioned, beautifully written yet I purchased this book years ago to be able to get an insight in one of the first Anglo Saxon Kings of England from which we know so little, mainly to know what really happened with his romance with Elfrida. The author seems to point out some injustice was made to their love affair, yet all throughout the book he seems to condone all actions from the Catholic Church and paint Edwy as the bad guy, just like all historians. Very disappointing and very narrow minded. I was hoping this book gave a deeper point of view but it didn’t, which yes it is hard since not a lot is known about these first Kings, yet it seems no justice was even attempted and the Church and all its sins (the injustice to their love affair, the fact that if the King hated the Church was because of the way the priest treated him, the fact that he was only a teen when he ascended the throne and acted like one) are praised… I did enjoy the story from time to time, but the constant lecturing frustrated it me and made it hard to get through.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jane Wilkinson

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Wanders

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Glasscock

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  9. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rooh

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joe Foley

  13. 4 out of 5

    August

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