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Lady Of The English
     

Lady Of The English

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by Elizabeth Chadwick, Patience Tomlinson (Read by)
 

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Two very different women are linked by destiny and the struggle for the English crown. Matilda, daughter of Henry I, is determined to win back her crown from Stephen, the usurper king. Adeliza, Henry's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior of the opposition. Both women are strong and prepared to stand firm for what they

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Two very different women are linked by destiny and the struggle for the English crown. Matilda, daughter of Henry I, is determined to win back her crown from Stephen, the usurper king. Adeliza, Henry's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior of the opposition. Both women are strong and prepared to stand firm for what they know is right. But in a world where a man's word is law, how can Adeliza obey her husband while supporting Matilda, the rightful queen? And for Matilda pride comes before a fall... What price for a crown? What does it cost to be "Lady of the English"?

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ISBN-13:
9781407933016
Publisher:
Isis Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
SOUND
Pages:
15
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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Lady of the English 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Two women desire to be the Queen of 12th Century England. One, Adeliza, wife of Henry I, sees her role as an actual Queen to be that of peacemaker in a realm where loyalties are based on ambition and the acquisition of power through land and riches. Such loyalties are bound to fluctuate as the tides of power fluctuate over the years. Another woman, Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, has been promised she will be Queen upon the King's passing. Henry believes he has guaranteed this in having his counselors and liege lords pledge their loyalty on bended knee to Matilda. This is Matilda's story, a journey of yearning and suffering as Stephen of Blois usurps the throne after Henry's death. Matilda is married to Geoffrey of Anjou, a brutal man who almost destroys his wife. Scathingly sarcastic, Geoffrey, however, is a superb military strategist and supports Matilda's quest for the crown only because he believes it will benefit his own dreams of power. The plot is not as simple as described so far. There are moments of temporary victory, moments of intense sorrow, and ultimately moments when the realization strikes that the timing is all wrong for Matilda's ascension to Queen of England. Thus a brutal civil war begins that tears apart a country undeserving of the shifting spheres of loyalty and success that follow. Adeliza, believing Matilda should rightly fulfill her queenly destiny, and the men who surround Matilda are complex characters as portrayed in this engaging novel. Matilda is remarkably unable to truly control her strategy and even disregards the advise of those more knowledgeable about how to win over the lords who begin to see Stephen's weaknesses. Adeliza risks much in her loyalty to Matilda, shown in some heartrending scenes that remain potent long after they are read. Indeed, Adeliza is frequently the more sympathetic character than Matilda, a tough woman who hides her heart because she fears it may be deemed weakness. The Lady of the English is an interesting story about this little-known slice of history and the woman who spent so much of her life in truth preparing another and those around her for the role of ruling the formidable Kingdom of England. Fascinating Middle Ages historical fiction!
AAR More than 1 year ago
LADY OF THE ENGLISH by Elizabeth Chadwick is an interesting Medieval fiction set in 1125 Germany,Normany amd 1126 London. It is written with depth and details.The characters are interesting,engaging,and enchanting.This is the story of two women,one of which is a Queen and the other an Empress and the Crown that defines them both. This is the story of Matilda,the daugther of Henry I,and Adeliza,Henry I's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother. Their struggles to survive,their heartrending pain,the men who supports them,the men who is against them,and the struggle for a crown that defines them both and their loved ones. It is about kings,daughters, widows,fathers, daugthers,history,and the succession of a kingdom.This is a tragic story that is both heartrending and heartbreaking with a cast of characters that have both depth and focus.She has weaved a strong plotline,characters and historical accuracy.This is a captivating story of Henry I's court and his kingdom. A must read for any Medieval,historical readers. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Sourcebooks Landmark,an imprint of Sourcebooks,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.
KrazyGramma More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. I love this author. She gives full and vibrant descriptions and you don't even realize you've read an adjective. This book fills in the lineage of King Henry II and makes the era come alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maud has always been one of my favorite personages since i was 16 and given ellen jones's fictional "the fatal crown". I have been hooked on maud ever since. There are several other books out there that use her story as a backdrop, most recently "the pillars of the earth "highlighted her struggle against stephen. I loved how the animosity flowed out on the pages between maud & geoffrey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realize the book was to give more insight to the two Queens, focusing on Maltida and second, her father's second Queen, Adeliza. But being a stickler for detail, I just felt so much detail was left out on what went on during Matida's campaign while she was in England - an important factor was exactly how King Stephen was captured during the one battle and more of her brother, Robert's, involvement and what an excellent battle commander he was and more detail on how much Matida depended on him. I do recommend reading this book, however it would be helpful to also read Sharon Kay Penman's "When Christ and His Saint's Slept" (first in the Eleanor of Aquataine trilogy), which fills in all of the historical gaps (and Penman is on target w/all of the facts), starting with the sinking of the White Ship. As I said, I enjoyed the book, but much speculation on the fiction part, and more historical details would have helped explain Maltida's plight and how the tide did turn against Stephen.
penname96 More than 1 year ago
Another Great Chadwick book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Chadwicks books are always a great read. They flow so well and yes at times can be a little long but well worth reading. I wish this book had come out on Nook when it did in stores but thats the publisher not BN. Read her books if you like this time period you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
book kept me intrigued, love midievel history
bldens More than 1 year ago
You will feel the better for having read this book. It has the historical facts to put aside the "romance novel" and yet emotion threads through the fabric of the characters. The historical figures were strong in the Middle Ages as they are in this book. While the start lacks the thrill of the typical novel, the reader who is curious will enjoy the story immensely. Possibly a preference for the female reader, it is revealing about male psychological traits too. No regrets about finishing this - and there are numerous nest-sellers that I do discard before the final page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot spoilers should be banned, fined, and their posts deleted. They ruin books for other readers. Have you ever considered we would like to read the book for ourselves and not have you read it for us and condense it for us? Stop with the plot reveals. It is rude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down, just to let you know.
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emmi331 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable fictionalized version of the 12th-century struggle for the English throne following the death of Henry I. Both Maude (here called Matilda) and her rival Stephen lay claim to the throne, and the battles are on. As expected, women in the Middle Ages were not held in high regard in terms of leadership ability, but the men who tangle with her find Matilda a formidable and spirited foe. Tenacious, determined, and headstrong, Matilda is a character who will stay with the reader long after the book is put down.