Child of the Phoenix

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HarperCollins Publishers, Mar 13, 2009 - Fiction - 944 pages
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Beautiful repackage of this Barbara Erskine classic, the story of a remarkable mediaeval noblewoman whose life shaped the history of three crowns

The child whose hands would hold three crowns is born in fire.

In 1218 an extraordinary princess is born, whose birth was foretold. Her mystical powers and unquenchable spirit will alter the course of history.

Raised by her fiercely Welsh nurse to support the Celtic cause against the predatory English king, Princess Eleyne is taught to worship the old gods, to look into the future and sometimes the past. However, unable to identify time and place in her terrifying visions, she is powerless to avert forthcoming tragedy...

Remarkable events follow Eleyne all her life as, despite impassioned resistance, her world is shaped by powerful men. But her tempestuous life and loves tie her to the destinies of England, Scotland and Wales...

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User Review  - Rosemary Morris - Goodreads

Barbara Erskine's ancestress, The Child of the Phoenix, is Eleyne of Mar, daughter of Prince Lewellyn and King John's illegitimate daughter, Joanna. In this epic novel of requited and unrequited love ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nicola - Goodreads

I loved this book, I love Barbara Erskine anyway but this is one of her best. I took it on holiday and despite it being a hefty tome , I couldn't put it down. Read full review

About the author (2009)

A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.

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