Publication date: 1 March 2023
Meanda Books, 2023
hb, ISBN 978-0-9954902-8-4, 406 pages, £22.00
pb, ISBN 978-0-9954902-9-1, 434 pages, £13.99
eb, ISBN 978-1-7392425-0-3, £5.00
1093. An invasion and a curse. The three sons of William the Conqueror fight with each other for control of the Anglo-Norman kingdom created by their father’s conquest. The Norman Marcher lords are let loose to consolidate the conquest of Wales, pushing across the English border to the east and invading from the sea to the south.
Nest ferch Rhys is the daughter of the king of south-west Wales. Captured during the Norman assault on her father’s lands, she is raised by her captors, the powerful Montgomery family. Nest is groomed to be the wife of a Norman, despite her preexisting betrothal to a Welsh prince. Arnulf Montgommery has taken over her father’s lands and is her intended husband, but Count Henry, the youngest son of the Conqueror, is also captivated by the Welsh noblewoman.
Who will Nest marry, and can the Welsh rebels oust the Normans?
Book I in the Conquest trilogy centring on the turbulent life of Nest ferch Rhys and the reign of King Henry I.
‘I could not put this book down from the moment I started it. I practically inhaled the content.’ Poppy Coburn
The new 2023 editions of the Conquest trilogy have new covers by award-winning designer Jessica Bell. They are available in hardback, paperback and ebook. (Audio-book versions coming in 2024.)