Normandy, 1067. England has been brought to its knees by the invasion of William the Conqueror and his Norman troops.
Lady Catheryn, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, is taken against her will to Normandy after the invasion. She arrives, a prisoner, at the castle of Lord Geffrei, a ruthless invader who hopes to gain a ransom for her. Her husband Selwyn is dead, slain in the Conquest, and her daughter Annis has been left behind in England at the mercy of the invaders. Catheryn is treated like an animal, and left in a cell, until she begins to despair.
When Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife, sees her plight, she takes pity on her. Catheryn is sent to the castle of the noble FitzOsberns - but will her new captivity be any better than the cruelty she faced at Geffrei's hands?
She finds her hostess cold and embittered, but when her husband William FitzOsbern returns from the Conquest, Catheryn's heart is torn by unwanted emotions. She becomes entangled in the quarrels and heartbreaks of her jailers, even as she tries to remember her place among them.
Is she falling in love with the man who helped to destroy her homeland? Can Catheryn betray her Anglo-Saxon roots, and her late husband? Or will she break free, and find her way back to Annis?
Captives is a moving historical story of love and loss, and the strength of one woman, even in the most dangerous of times. It is the sequel to Conquests.
Emily Murdoch is a medieval historian and novelist. She lives in York. She is also the author of Conquests and Love Letters in the same series.
I really liked this story, but I wouldn’t call it a romance but more of a saga written around William the Conqueror. The story is well written but their are some deep disappointing moments, probably more than I cared for. I think William is captured wonderfully and Katherine is s woman caught in a war torn land with a dead husband. This story will captivate you and send you reeling back to the 11th century.
I liked it wasn't the type of story I usually like but it was good
Emily Murdoch wrote a powerful story, I could picture the people and places from her descriptions.
Katie Bunn has a sweet voice but it could portray the strong male characters as well as the lead female characters.
I had not read the story before listening to it. I had no difficulty understanding what was happening, even when u could not listen to for 2 days.
The ending was a surprise for me, but a good one.
Beautiful story well worth your time. With occasional awkward word from narrator. I can't wait to see what else this author has in her catalogue.
Outstanding and refreshing book to listen to!!!! So relaxing for me it unbelievable!!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!
This was my first ever audible story. I never thought I would like listening to a book but this one clinched it for me. I was able to get a lot of tasks accomplished while I was listening. I also was able to sync my Bluetooth headphones to my kindle so I didn't have to be attached to anything. Another plus was not wearing out my eyeballs as I read. Also, it was a pleasure listening to this wonderful story. I had read the book before but was able to appreciate the story much more by listening to the trials and hardships of Lady Catherine as if I were there with her. I would highly recommend this audible.
This is more of an historical fiction book. There is a little romance but no HEA for the heroine. It is a very dark story with a lot of history built around Catheryn's tale. There is a happy ending as mother is reunited with her daughter but a lot of ups and downs throughout. I did listen to this as an audiobook and enjoyed the different vocals done by the narrator.
I received the audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
This part of the story is from the mother, Lady Catheryn's perspective and it tells of her capture, imprisonment and hunt for her daughter, Avis.
This story, as with the others in this series, is a well written adventure telling of the hardships of that era and how people managed to survive it. It also tells of love and caring and the attempts of some of the people to better their lots in life as well as that of others around them.
The audiobook is narrated by Katie Bunn and makes for an easy listen.
The above is my honest and unbiased review of a free audiobook version of the story from the author.
This is the third book in the series.
All three books are narrated by Katie Bunn and she is really a pleasure to listen to.
The first book gave back the experience of the daughter the third book concentrates on what happened to the mother.
Emily Murdock is a very talented author been able to portray conflicting emotions in people. She also brings the time period to live. The conditions people where living in. The acceptance of certain traditions as arranged marriages. In lots of cases been a political pawn both for men and woman.
If you like to get a feeling for the time period I can highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a hot steamy sex affair this is not it.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would because it gives a realistic picture of what it would be like for an Anglo Saxon lady to be living amid a Norman family. I have recommended it to a friend who is particularly interested in this period of history.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the interaction between the characters and the life Catheryn endured whilst with the Normans. It gave information about how the Norman life differed from the Anglo Saxons. It was interesting to hear the story from a woman’s viewpoint, but having read the 2nd book in the series, it isn’t surprising to find Catheryn is a very unusual lady for the period.
What three words best describe Katie Bunn’s voice?
Precise, stilted(at times) and English.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I couldn’t listen to it in one sitting as it was over 9 hrs long. I tend to listen for 1 - 2 hours at a time.
Any additional comments?
This gave a good idea of what life was like for the Anglo Saxons after the Norman Conquest and how the Normans thought about and treated the Anglo Saxons. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it.