Tracey Warr of the University of Wales – Trinity St.David has published her first novel. Almodis: The Peaceweaver is a story of love, adventure and scandal, based on the real life of the eleventh-century countess Almodis de la Marche. Through her marriages to three important historical figures, Almodis founds a maternal dynasty that rules southern France and northern Spain during the height of the Occitan culture.
It is a time of troubadours, of cathedral and castle building, and the shaping of Europe after Charlemagne. A time in which Occitan noblewomen hold equal power with their husbands under the vestiges of Roman and Visigothic law. But Almodis path to power and happiness is fraught with drama and this extraordinary story, vividly bringing to life Almodis early medieval world.
Tracey Warr is a writer, art historian and teacher. She studied for the MA Creative Writing at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in Carmarthen and lived in Narberth whilst writing this novel. Tracey lives part of every year in the Occitan region of France, near Albi, and the history, landscape and people of the area have inspired the writing of this book.
Dr Menna Elfyn, Creative Director of the MA Creative programme said this “is an outstanding novel by a brilliant writer and deserves even more success and prizes for this book.”
A book launch and reading will take place on Thursday, 13 October at 7pm, at The Gallery Room of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen Campus.