We all know the story of 1066 and the Norman Conquest of England. However, most of the story revolves around the men and the women were perhaps as important due to their influence. Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest covers the stories of Emma of Normandy, Lady Godiva, Gytha of Wessex, Judith of Flanders, Edith of Wessex, the wives of Harald Hardrada, Edith Swanneck, Ealdgyth, Matilda of Flanders, St. Margaret and Gundrada de Warenne.
Many of these women are shadows in history and it’s quite amazing that they finally have a chance in the limelight 1000 years later. Even I did not know some of these women. Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest is very well researched and quite easy to read and follow. I would highly recommend it.