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Appalling! The worst medieval romance I have ever read. The Wolf and the Dove starts in 1066 as William has invaded England and the conquering Normans take control of the Saxons and their lands. Id go into the plot in detail, but so many other reviewers have already done so I dont see the need to rehash it again. What I want to address are the many many things I found wrong with this book,* Im not a history major but I thought that after conquering England William inter-married the Norman and Saxon nobility to ensure a harmonious transition, but Lady Aislinn is turned into a slave to be used at Wolfgars whim? Not only that, but when he brings his slave/mistress to London he takes her to court and presents her to William!!??* Aislinn is eighteen years old, thats right eighteen years old, beautiful, educated, intelligent and unmarried. Eighteen years old and unmarried when girls were married at fourteen and fifteen, and a spinster at 16. Righto.* I know the heroine always has to be beautiful and all the guys desire her, but come on! By page 200 Ive lost count of how many times her bodice has been ripped and shes been groped. Maybe this was where the term bodice ripper came from!* Well bred women in medieval times kept their hair braided and covered, yet Aislinns glorious tresses are always flowing free, for all to see and no one is shocked. Worse yet, not once, but twice shes so carried away to hurry to greet new arrivals that she forgets to put her shoes on!!?? Helloooooooo...* While I dont expect historical accuracy in a romance, there was just one too many outright boners in this book that just had me rolling my eyes. Potatoes and Velvet in the 11C? I dont think so.Worst of all, at least for this reader, was no chemistry at all between Aislinn and Wolfgar, a death knell for a romance novel. Aislinn was a spineless twit and Wolfgar was a pompous overbearing macho male chauvinist p.....well you know what. The book was long winded and I found myself skipping many pages on my way to the final and painful ending. I have read other books by Woodiwiss and while not high fiction Ive found them a pleasant way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. However, this book is not one of them, and I strongly urge other potential readers to consider all the opinions carefully before making this your reading choice. For those looking for well written, historically accurate tales of England at the time of the Conquest, I would recommend Elizabeth Chadwicks The Winter Mantle or THE CONQUEST. As quoted on some of her book jackets, the next best thing to time travel.