The Maids of Biddenden
“There is no me. There is no you. There is only us.”
Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst, the Biddenden Maids, were conjoined twins living in 12th-century England. Joined at the hip, the sisters overcame fear and hostility to grow into gifted and much-loved women – one a talented musician and songwriter and the other a caring healer and grower of medicinal plants. Entangled in the struggles for power and influence of the great Kent nobles of the time, they achieved much in their lifetimes and left behind a legacy in Biddenden that survives to this day.
This is the heart-warming and inspirational story of two remarkable women leading one joint life, challenging adversity to become the best they can be. The Maids of Biddenden is the first book in a new historical fiction trilogy highlighting little-known stories from Kent and Sussex.
The inseparable twins, who overcame their disability in medieval England, are still remembered in their community for their charity. An annual dole, donating parcels of food to the poor and needy in the Biddenden area takes place every Easter. Legend has it that it is paid for by the ancient estate of Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst.
About the author, GD Harper
GD Harper is a former marketer turned full-time author. He has previously written a series of three very popular psychological thrillers, Love’s Long Road, A Friend in Deed and Silent Money. He was born in Kent, raised in Glasgow and now lives in Sussex, not a million miles away from Biddenden. The Maids of Biddenden is the first book in a new historical fiction trilogy highlighting little-known stories from Kent and Sussex.
The Maids of Biddenden is published by Ginger Cat and is available in paperback (£9.99) and ebook (£2.99) from all good bookshops and online book sellers.