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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 20 September

The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks
 
When married off aged twelve to an elderly farmer, Eleanor Cornfed, who’s constantly told to seek redemption for her many sins, quickly realises it won’t matter what she says or does, God is not on her side – or any poor woman’s for that matter.
 
Eleanor was born under the joint signs of Venus and Mars. Both a lover and a fighter, she will not bow meekly to fate. Even if five marriages, several pilgrimages, many lovers, violence, mayhem and wildly divergent fortunes do not for a peaceful life make.
 
Aided and abetted by her trusty god-sibling Alyson, the counsel of one Geoffrey Chaucer, and a good head for business, Eleanor fights to protect those she loves from the vagaries of life, the character deficits on her many husbands, brutalities of medieval England and her own fatal flaw – a lusty appreciation of mankind. All while continuing to pursue the one thing all women want – Control of their own lives.
 

 

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