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#Bookaday for June 3: One with a Blue Cover

HILDaI love the cover of this book, all of it in shades of blue, even the trees, the birds and their shadows – imagery that reflects the natural world of Griffith’s novel, set in 7th century Anglo-Saxon England. What really stands out, though, is the one object that is not blue – the gold and garnet cross at Hild’s breast. The cover designers have copied the Trumpington Cross, discovered near Cambridge in the grave of a 16-year-old-girl.

Trumpington Cross. Photo Credit: Stedmundsburychronicle.co.uk

Trumpington Cross. Photo Credit: Stedmundsburychronicle.co.uk

It is that gold cross that catches the eye, a symbol of Hild’s status (an Anglo-Saxon princess) and her future sainthood.

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