Set in 16th century France, this is the story of Bertrande de Rols, a young French woman. After an early marriage her husband disappears. Eight years later, a bearded stranger comes to the village and claims to be her husband, Martin Guerre.
Blurb from 1996 Penguin: For eight years Bertrande de Rols mourns the disappearance of her young husband ... When he suddenly returns, Betrande is overwhelmed by a renewed bliss, but as the months pass she becomes possessed by the terrible fear that the man she has welcomed is not Martin Guerre. Impelled by an oppressive sense of sin and intense hatred for her betrayer, Bertrande is driven to accomplish her own tragic downfall. The Wife of Martin Guerre is a strange and haunting love story, in which Janet Lewis re-creates with immediacy and rich detail this famous incident which took place in sixteenth-century France.