When the Normans invade and sweep across Saxon England in 1066, lovely Aislinn of Darkenwald watches her father murdered outside her home. Wulfgar, the Iron Wolf of Normandy, arrives to rule Darkenwald, and one look at Aislinn leads him to claim her as his own. She hates the Norman conquering forces, but Wulfgar awakens a consuming passion in her that she can't deny. As she struggles with her growing love for Wulfgar, she does what she can to aid her conquered people and her bereaved mother. But a jealous lord conspires with Wulfgar's spoiled half-sister and Aislinn's very life is threatened before Wulfgar can admit that the woman he conquered has in truth, conquered his heart. This beloved historical romance deserves a special place on the shelves of millions of romance readers and shouldn't be missed.
easily one of the best romances i've ever read. fun with the medievil details. i wish there were several more for a complete series. :)
This is a classic medieval love story . Some parts may be offensive to some, as the hero "forces" heroine at first and "claims" her as his own. More true to the times than some medievals are, I believe.
I thought it was very good.
Back in the 70s I read my Kathleen Woodiwiss books over and over again. I started with the Flame and the Flower, and then Shanna, and then I found Wolf and the Dove.
Wolf and the Dove became my favorite- as well as my favorite time period. This was my first experience with the time period of William the Conqueror, and I learned alot reading it. Woodiwiss' novels are full of detail for the time period, and very accurate, as far as I can see.
Her heroes are strong and don't show emotion. By today's standards, perhaps not the most enlightened male characters that we romance junkies are accustomed to-- but this was the 70s and the 80s-- for its time period- the best.
My biggest misunderstanding in this novel was what happened to divide Wulfgar from his Saxon family-- and why he was considered a Norman conqueror and his family considered vanquished Saxons.
I read this book in no time. Kathleen Woodiwiss tells a great story and keeps it moving from page to page. I was never bored and couldn't wait to read each day.
Another of the "original" grand old romances, when rape was considered tittilating.
Okay, it took me one week to think about the book before writing a review, and I did not start another book immediately (which is not normal) the book was just that intense. I starting reading the book and was unsure of how I would feel with the forcefulness nature of it. With that said, I did like the book. The scenes were very descriptive and I felt immersed in the story. I felt what she felt, the sorrow, the drive, the pain and then slowly the happiness and loyalty to Wulfgar. Many battle scenes, this one is not for the faint hearted.
All in all, maybe a bit Scarlet O'Hara meets Stockholm Syndrome, but if you can look past that, a pretty good story.
This hardcover book does not have a dust jacket and is copyright 1974.
All the books that Woodiwiss writes are very good and with much detail, however a little bit too long. She starts all her books right to the point. I enjoyed it.
All Kathleen Woodiwiss books are wonderful.
Noble Aislinn grieves as the Iron Wolf and his minions storm through her beloved Darkenwald. And she burns with malice for the handsome Norman savage who would enslave her. . .even as she aches to know the rapture of the conqueror's kiss.
Classic Woodiwiss. One of my favorite stories by her. I have two of these copies so I'm offering one here on PBS.
As hordes of Norman invarders sweep Saxony in 1066, the lovely Aislinn of Darkenwald is torn between loyalty to her own Saxon people and her tempestuous romance with Wulfgar - the Iron Wolf of Normandy. Can her consuming passion for him wipe out the memory of her father's murder - her mother's shame - her own savage violation - all at the hands of Wulfgar's conquering forces? A turbulent story of romance for now and for all time!
An historical romance and battle of wills between Norman, Wulfgar and Saxon, Aislinn in the year 1066. What a great book and easy flowing story.
A great, great historical romance. Lots of fun!
As always Kathleen Woodwis books are great to read
Noble Aislinn grieves as the Iron Wolf and his minions storm through her beloved Darkenwald. And she burns with malice for the handsome Norman savage who would enslave her...even as she aches to know the rapture of the conqueror's kiss...
One of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss' best books!
I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK.
I was skeptical after the first few pages, but I really enjoyed it. A really nice story.
romantic tender love story
The turbulent romance between a highborn Saxon maiden and a conquering Norman in 1066, England.
Bodice ripper with major alpha hero.
As hordes of Norman invaders sweep Saxony in 1066, the lovely Aislinn of Darkenwald is torn between loyalty to her own Saxon people and her tempestuous romance with Wolfgar, the iron Wolf of Normandy. Can her consuming passion for him wipe out the memory of her father's murder, her mother's shame, her own savage violation - all at the hands of wolfgar's conquering forces?
I love Kathleen Woodiwiss. This is another good love story of hers!
This was a re-read for me. I read it a long time ago and enjoyed it just a much the second time.
Not as good as I remember but still one of my fav authors!
Norman invaders in 1066,take captive the lovely Aislinn of Darkenwald who is torn between loyalty to her own Saxon people and her growing feelings for Wulfgar - the Iron Wolf of Normandy.
Can they find lasting love, surrounded by war?
A Saxon noblewoman, Aislinn, was turned to slave and mistress (read harlot) when Norman's invaded and overcame the Saxon homestead. Wulfgar used her as a slave but treated her somewhat kindly in bedroom matters. I honestly don't see how the vanguished can turn around and love the man responsible for raping and degrading her before her people. Sure it ends in marriage but how do you get over the grievous things done to you?
This is a 500 page book with a story that could have easily been told in 300. Woodiwiss dragged out the "romance" between Wulfgar and Aislinn to a point where it became repetitive and boring. I liked Aislinn and felt immense pity for her and her situation. I can honestly say that I would not have survived Medieval times if this is how women were treated. I'd rather be dead than submit to some vengeful barbarian. It may be romantic in the writing (not) but in the living...I think not. I usually enjoy Medieval tales but the male characters just were not at all likeable.