up in the fenlands of Mercia, Hereward, son of Earl Leofric, is cursed with a birthmark thought by the common folk to be the work of elves or goblins. A wild and defiant youth, he is wrongly banished by King Edward and shipwrecked off the Irish coast. He is saved by the enchantress Muirgheal, and his new life with her tempts him to forsake England for good.
Meanwhile, the weakness of the ailing and childless King lays the country open to the ravages of intrigue, ambition and conquest. The ensuing power struggle pits brothers Harold and Tostig Godwinesson against each other, while both Vikings and Normans covet the land from without.
Lyrical, tragic and earthy by turns, The Changeling
, the first book of The Saxon Tapestry, conjures a magical portrait of life in Anglo-Saxon England. Sile Rice takes the fragments of medieval history, poetry and legend and transforms them into a historical fantasy of great beauty and power.