Lady of Hay & The Maud/Matilda Vibe

I read this book by Barbara Erskine (whom I’ve met in real life) many years ago.

B.E’s late Literary Agent and close friend kept me waiting 6 months before she rejected Weave a Garland…Side Note there.

Anyways – this HistFic book was my first intro to Matilda/Maud de Braose.

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In 1970, when Jo Clifford is a university student in Edinburgh, she is hypnotized as part of a study on regression to past lives. Jo is such a good subject that her hands begin to bleed and she cries out, “William!” and dies. Fortunately, Sam Franklyn, the professor’s assistant, is able to resuscitate her.

Fifteen years later, Jo allows herself to be regressed again. In the hypnotized state, she is Lady Matilda de Braose, young, pregnant, married to the boorish William, and in love with Richard, the handsome Earl of Clare. When Jo wakes she remembers everything, including the horror of a massacre she witnessed but could not prevent. Confused, and doubting the veracity of her experience, she heads to the library where research reveals that in 1210, by order of King John of England, Matilda de Braose and her eldest son, William, were starved to death in a dungeon. Sam Franklyn and his brother, Nick, fear for Jo as she becomes more and more enmeshed in her 13th-century life, but the present holds more dangers for Jo than the past. William, Richard, and John have also been awakened to knowledge of their previous lives, and the more Jo is drawn to re-experience her life as Matilda, the more they threaten her life as Jo.

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Matilda/Maud.

Same name.

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