The Dream Weavers. Barbara Erskine

The Dream Weavers - Barbara Erskine

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      Barbara Erskine

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      First published by HarperCollinsPublishers 2021

      Copyright © Barbara Erskine 2021

      Cover design by Caroline Young © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2021

      Cover photographs © Christophe Dessaigne/Trevllion Images (central image); (birds and border)

      Barbara Erskine asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

      A catalogue copy of this book is available from the British Library.

      This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

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      Source ISBN: 9780008195861

      Ebook Edition © March 2021 ISBN: 9780008195885

      Version: 2021-04-20


      For Sue

      wisewoman and house healer



       Title Page




      A note on Anglo-Saxon names


      The Story Starts

      Chapter 1

       Chapter 7

       Chapter 8

       Chapter 9

       Chapter 10

       Chapter 11

       Chapter 12

       Chapter 13

       Chapter 14

       Chapter 15

       Chapter 16

       Chapter 17

       Chapter 18

       Chapter 19

       Chapter 20

       Chapter 21

       Chapter 22

       Chapter 23

       Chapter 24

       Chapter 25

       Chapter 26

       Chapter 27

       Chapter 28

       Chapter 29

       Chapter 30

       Chapter 31

       Chapter 32

       Chapter 33

       Chapter 34

       Chapter 35

       Chapter 36

       Chapter 37

       Chapter 38

       Chapter 39

       Chapter 40

       Chapter 41

       Chapter 42

       Chapter 43

       Chapter 44

       Chapter 45

       Chapter 46

       Chapter 47

       Chapter 48

       Chapter 49

       Author Note

       Keep Reading …

       About the Author

       Also by Barbara Erskine

       About the Publisher


Map of Great Britain circa 788 AD

       A note on Anglo-Saxon names

       These have been transcribed in so many ways from the original script which contained letters unfamiliar to us that there are almost as many variations in spelling as there are authors who write about them. I have selected what I personally consider to be the simplest choice.

       The main Anglo-Saxon characters in this book are:

      Offa (King of Mercia from AD 757–796)

      Cynefryth, Offa’s wife, Queen of Mercia

       The daughters of Offa:

      Ethelfled, in my story is the eldest

      Alfrida is the middle daughter

      Eadburh (pronounced Edber) is the youngest

       Other historical characters in the story:

      King Charles of the Franks, who in AD 800 was crowned as Emperor by the Pope and is better known to us as Charlemagne

      Beorhtric, King of Wessex AD 786–802

      Ethelbert, King of East Anglia d. AD 794

      Ethelred I, King of Northumbria, d. AD 796

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