The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II [NOOK Book]

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Includes a special Q&A from the author of The Traitor's Wife, Susan Higginbotham.

From the bedchamber to the battlefield, through treachery and fidelity, one woman is imprisoned by the secrets of the crown.

It is an age where passion reigns and treachery runs as thick as blood. Young Eleanor has two men in her life: her uncle King Edward II, and her husband Hugh le Despenser, a mere knight but the newfound favorite of the king. She has no ...

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Overview

Includes a special Q&A from the author of The Traitor's Wife, Susan Higginbotham.

From the bedchamber to the battlefield, through treachery and fidelity, one woman is imprisoned by the secrets of the crown.

It is an age where passion reigns and treachery runs as thick as blood. Young Eleanor has two men in her life: her uncle King Edward II, and her husband Hugh le Despenser, a mere knight but the newfound favorite of the king. She has no desire to meddle in royal affairs-she wishes for a serene, simple life with her family. But as political unrest sweeps the land, Eleanor, sharply intelligent yet blindly naïve, becomes the only woman each man can trust.

Fiercely devoted to both her husband and her king, Eleanor holds the secret that could destroy all of England-and discovers the choices no woman should have to make.

At its heart, The Traitor's Wife is a unique love story that every reader will connect with.

Gold Medalist, historical / military fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book AwardsIncludes bonus reading group guide

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PRAISE FOR THE TRAITOR'S WIFE:

"Conveys emotions and relationships quite poignantly... entertaining historical fiction."
Kirkus Discoveries

"Higginbotham's talents lie not only in her capacity for detailed genealogical research of the period, but also in her skill in bringing these historical figures to life with passion, a wonderful sense of humor, honor, and love."
Historical Novels Review Online

"Higginbotham has stirred to life a girl who is naive and passionate, impulsive and loyal... an endearing, involving story, made so by the unconventional characters of Eleanor and Edward."
Reviewer's Choice

"Higginbotham makes history come alive... The Traitor's Wife is a tale of intrigue, betrayal, loyalty, and passion."
BookPleasures

"All the ingredients for a great tale: [love], treason, war, and murder. Couple this with Higginbotham's clear passion and knack for accuracy, and this book is a can't miss... this novel was a joy to read."
Read and Review

"Higginbotham makes history come alive...The Traitor's Wife is a tale of intrigue, betrayal, loyalty, and passion."
Book Pleasures

"Beautifully researched and incredibly captivating, The Traitor's Wife is a book you won't want to put down. Susan Higginbotham's vivid portrayal of life during Edward II's tumultuous reign makes for fascinating reading. Highly recommended!"
Michelle Moran, bestselling author of The Heretic Queen

Susan Higginbotham's meticulously researched historical fiction brought to life through heartfelt writing delights readers. Higginbotham runs her own historical fiction/history blog and is a contributor to the blog "Yesterday Revisited." She has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in Apex, North Carolina with her family.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Discoveries
In fourteenth-century England, young Eleanor de Clare, favorite niece of King Edward II, is delighted with her marriage to Hugh le Despenser and her appointment to Queen Isabella's household as a lady-in-waiting. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Eleanor's beloved uncle is not the king the nobles of the land-or his queen-expected.

Hugh's unbridled ambition and his intimate relationship with Edward arouse widespread resentment, even as Eleanor remains fiercely loyal to her husband and to her king. But loyalty has its price...

Moving from royal palaces to prison cells, from the battlefield to the bedroom, between hope and despair, treachery and fidelity, hatred and abiding love, The Traitor's Wife is a tale of an extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times.

A noblewoman pays the price for her loyalty to an unpopular king and her unfaithful husband...conveys emotions and relationships quite poignantly...ultimately, entertaining historical fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402227295
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 65,054
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Higginbotham is the author of four historical novels, including The Stolen Crown, The Queen of Last Hopes, and Hugh and Bess. The Traitor's Wife, her first novel, is the winner of ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and is a Gold Medalist, Historical/Military Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She writes her own historical fiction blog and is a contributor to the blog Yesterday Revisited. Higginbotham has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in North Carolina with her family.
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Excerpt from Part I: May 26, 1306 to November 24, 1326

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May 1306

Prince Edward and Piers Gaveston had slept together and too late, neither of which was at all unusual. Edward was the first to awake.
"Up, Perrot."
"No." His beautiful friend yawned and rolled to his side.
"You must. We have a wedding to attend. And what if my father finds you here?"
Piers considered. "Apoplexy?"

"At the least." But his friend made no move to leave the bed, and Edward did not press the matter.

"So it is your niece who is getting married. It occurs to me that I have hardly seen the girl."

"Eleanor is but thirteen. She has spent some time lately in my stepmother's household, and then she stayed at Amesbury priory with my sister Mary for a time too. She has just lately returned for her marriage."

"I cannot for the life of me understand why girls go to convents before they are married. One thinks that the company of elderly virgins would be dampening to marital ardor. Now if they went to brothels at least it would be educational and practical."

Edward swatted his friend with a pillow. He said a bit wistfully, "When Eleanor was younger, I used to row her and her brother in my boat. Her sisters felt it was too unladylike, so they would never go along. But she loved it. She and Gilbert used to stick their noses in the air and pretend I was their boatman and shout orders at me." He stroked his friend's hair. "I am sorry my father gave her to Hugh le Despenser. I would have liked her to be your wife."

"I want no wife."
"Nor do I. But I must have one, and you really must yourself, you know. When I am king, you shall have titles and lands and that means you must get heirs. And Eleanor would have been a fine wife for you. Sweet and shy, but with a sly wit once you get to know her."
"And now I won't have the opportunity. I shall throw myself in the Thames forthwith."
"There's her sister Margaret. A good-natured girl, not as much so as Eleanor, but a definite possibility. Elizabeth is by far the prettiest but has too much of the grande dame about her even at her young age. Yes, I would pick Margaret."
"Before I have recovered from the loss of Eleanor? For shame! Is my rival Hugh pleased with the match?"
"He ought to be, getting a Clare for a wife; I would have thought my father would have insisted on an earl for Eleanor. But who knows what young Hugh thinks of anything? He keeps his own counsel. It is disconcerting in a youth of his age." He bestowed a tender kiss on Piers. "I prefer the more open temperament."
"And so do I." Piers returned the kiss, with compound interest, and for some time afterward no talking was done.

Eleanor de Clare, some chambers away from her uncle and his friend in Westminster Palace, had been passing the morning less pleasantly, though more decorously. Though in her naiveté she was quite content with the drape of her wedding dress, the styling of her hair, and the placement of her jewels, her mother, aunts, sisters, and attendant ladies were not, and each was discontent in a different way. As her hair was debated over and rearranged for the seventh time, she snapped, "Enough, Mama! I know Hugh is not being plagued in this manner. He must take me as I am."

Gladys, a widow who had long served Eleanor's mother as a damsel and who had agreed to go into Eleanor's household, grinned. "Aye, my lady, and he won't much care what you are wearing. It will be what is underneath that will count." She patted Eleanor's rump with approval. "And he will be pleased." Elizabeth gasped. Margaret tittered. Eleanor, however, giggled. "Do you truly think so, Gladys?"

"Of course. You're well developed for your age, and men love that. And you will be a good breeder of children, too, mark me. You will have a fine brood."

"You can tell me, Gladys. What will it be like? Tonight?"
Eleanor's mother, Joan, the Countess of Gloucester, had been sniffling sentimentally at the prospect of her first daughter's marriage. Now she raised an eyebrow. "Your little sisters, Eleanor-"

"They shall be married soon, too, won't they? They might as well know."
"We might as well," Margaret agreed.
"Each man will go about his business in his own way, my lady. But I'll wager that he will be gentle about the matter."
"Will I be expected to-help at all?" At thirteen Eleanor was not quite as naive as she pretended, having heard enough courtiers and servant girls whispering to piece together what happened on a wedding night, but it had occurred to her that no one was fussing over her hair now.

Gladys had been left entirely on her own by the gaggle of women, who were plainly finding this entertaining. When Gladys paused before answering, Mary, Eleanor's aunt the nun, piped up, "Well, answer, my dear, because I certainly can't."
"I've no doubt that once you get interested in him, my lady, you shall want to help."

Eleanor nodded and considered this in silence.
Margaret, sitting on a window seat, sighed. "I wish I was getting married," she explained.
"I'm sure you will be soon."
"And better." Elizabeth sniffed.
"Elizabeth! What mean you?" Her mother glared.
"I only repeat what I overheard you say the other day." Elizabeth was only ten, but she had the dignity of a woman twice that age. "Nelly is an earl's daughter, and Hugh is only a mere knight. He has no land to speak of. And he's not even truly handsome, like my uncle's friend Piers Gaveston."

"As though we need more of that!" Joan went over and patted her oldest daughter on the shoulder. "I did think you could have done better," she said gently, "but it was your grandfather's match, and he has always thought highly of Hugh's father, who has served him well for years. There is no reason why his fortunes should not grow in years to come." She frowned at a tangle in Eleanor's waist-length red hair-it was difficult at times to determine what was tangle and what was curl-and began to brush it out.

Eleanor glared at her youngest sister.
"Tell me," she said, submitting ungraciously to having some color put on her naturally pale cheeks, "who is this Piers to my uncle? I have never seen my uncle out of his company since we came to Westminster. And why does his being around him vex my grandfather the king so?"

Gladys became deeply interested in a discarded bracelet lying on a table. The other women stared absorbedly at Eleanor's robes. Only her little sisters looked at Eleanor, and their faces were as curious as hers.

"We must get to the chapel," Joan said. "Come, ladies."

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    This is an intriguing medieval historical epic

    In 1306 England, thirteen years old Eleanor de Clare leaves the Priory to marry Hugh le Despenser while her favorite uncle, the heir to the throne Prince Edward, sleeps late with his lover Piers Gaveston. She is happy living the aristocratic good life and being Hugh's spouse.

    One year after her marriage, her uncle becomes King Edward II and Eleanor eventually a Lady in Waiting to his wife Queen Isabella from France. Over the next few years, Eleanor hears unsettling rumors as to why her husband is the royal favorite. No longer the naive teen worshiping her uncle and husband; has she scrutinized what she knows about the two men especially examining how ambitious her husband is. She concludes the rumors are basically true as she deems her spouse would sleep around with anyone to further his goals and fears the outrage amongst the aristocracy in England and France re Hugh's methods to gain favors and the affront to the Queen, who has her own personal affront to the king. Though she would prefer to expose her husband and uncle to the naked truth and is unsure of the long term consequences of her inaction; Eleanor tries to protect her extended family.

    This is an intriguing medieval historical epic starring a courageous real fourteenth century person, many other genuine people (like her husband) and what seems like a support cast from a Cecil DeMille movie; a four-page character reference guide helps. The story line brings to life the Edward II reign so that the audience obtains a taste of the era. Although the zillion players feel like they could fill up Wembley Stadium, fans of fourteenth century sagas will enjoy this engaging biographical fiction mostly told thorough the eyes of Eleanor.

    Harriet Klausner

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Makes history seem a lot more tawdry

    Wow, there was a lot more sex (of all kinds!) in this book than I expected, although it was not graphic. The plot and historical details were OK, but frankly I sometimes got bored with hearing tons of info about battles, castles, etc and skimmed it. The main character was a bit of a "Mary Sue" but was usually tolerable, although occasionally I wanted to reach in the book and smack her. I got this as a free Nookbook and would not pay $10 for it. Still, it was not too bad.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Plot spoilers

    Can a certain poster please stop revealing the entire book in her reviews? This is for your opinions about the book. The overview is enough. You do not have to tell everthing and ruin it for others.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

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    Requires patients

    This book is the prequel to Hugh and Bess, which I unfortunately read first not knowing about this book. Although, if I had read The Traitor's Wife first I may have never gotten to the much more entertaining Hugh and Bess. This book was dauntingly long, more than 500 pages, and I found myself skimming through the painfully detailed battle scenes. Some think this book was overtly sexual but I did not find it so. Yes, there were steamy scenes but nothing that made me blush by any means. This is a story about Eleanor de Clare and Hugh le Despenser during the reign of Edward II. It is richly detailed with accurate descriptions of political and military accounts, sprinkled with bits of actual story about the le Despenser family. I finished it only because I had enjoyed Hugh and Bess so much.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Interesting, but just ok for me.

    I really wanted to love this book but for me it was just ok. The characters seemed underdeveloped and at times it read like a history book. Also there were many characters and many with the same name so that got very confusing at times. It was very interesting to learn about this period of British history, but it just didn't come alive for me in this book.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Horrible!!!

    The dialogue is unbelievable, the characters undeveloped. A waste of time and money.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    The Traitor's Wife

    This is more a book about a woman named Eleanor of Clare, who marries Hugh le Dispenser, than anyone else aside from the king, Edward II. The king is her much beloved uncle, but not the greatest ruler.

    There always seems to be fighting with Scotland throughout. Eleanor is quite unaware what her husband is doing going for long periods of time and also unaware of the king's, and the one he calls brother, Piers, relationship.

    Her plight after something terrible happens to her husban (traitor) is heart rendering (she now has 10 children by him!) He was far too ambitious to own lands and be rich and not always the proper way.

    She gets locked away for months at a time as a result of his wrong doings and is a powerful, patient woman who endures all. Three of her daughters were sent to nunneries to never leave.

    Because everyone was named after everyone it can get confusing; however I payed no mind to this as I found most of it unimportant.

    The story was very interesting and eye opening to one who knows nothing about England in the 1300s. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn and also enjoy a good story.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    Excellent Historical Fiction!

    The Traitor's Wife is an extremely interesting and well-written novel about the marriage of Eleanor de Clare and Hugh le Despenser during the reign of King Edward II. This is one of the historical periods where my knowledge is sketchy at best. I knew that Hugh le Despenser was a historical "bad guy", that Kind Edward II was a weak king, and that the time period was turbulent but this is where my knowledge ends. The events and happenings of the time period were a mystery to me before reading Higginbotham's novel. This book read like a historical soap opera with one crazy event happening right after the other. And I have to tell you, I absolutely loved it.

    From the very beginning of the novel, you can tell Higginbotham has painstakingly researched every fact and event in the novel. I really love it when you can tell that the author of a historical novel has researched the time period and subject matter they are writing about. I also thought that this benefitted the portrayal of the characters. The characters have depth and personality and induced some fairly strong emotional reactions to their behavior. I wanted to shake Eleanor for being so loyal to Hugh; I wanted to throttle Hugh, Edward and Isabella for being such prats. The Traitor's Wife is also bolstered by wonderful writing and beautiful descriptions.

    I did find, however, that I had trouble following the story because of the many events in the novel. I was able to follow much better when I read in sections. It is definitely a book that requires an investment of time and energy but it is definitely worthwhile. It will spark an interest in learning about these people and this time period. I would recommend The Traitor's Wife to anyone interested in reading a dramatic historical fiction about English history.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    I loved the Traitor's Wife! Susan Higginbotham did a beautiful j

    I loved the Traitor's Wife! Susan Higginbotham did a beautiful job of telling the story of Eleanor leDespenser's life, loves, and struggles. She lived such an adventure filled with rich happiness, terrible sorrow, joy in her children, and always, grace under difficult circumstances. Her character seemed very "real", she made mistakes and suffered the consequences, but her spirit was never broken. Her story was so interesting to me, I hated to put the book down. I'm a historical fiction buff, and I hated to put this book down! Excellent read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Great historical fiction that spans the three Edwards!

    Great historical fiction about the wife of one of Edward IIs infamous "favorites". She was also a cousin of Edward II so she was in a perfect position to tell this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Scandalous!!

    After King Edward's death, his eldest son Edward II was to inherit the throne. Edward II was rumored to have sexual relations with Piers Gaveston, while nothing was ever proven for sure. Edward as well as Piers both married beautiful women, and sired beautiful children. King Edward II doted on Piers claiming him as close as a brother, but in turn that made Edwards other brothers furious as they did not receive such niceties. Piers Gaveston had been exiled many times until finally he met his death by beheading. This saddened the King beyond measure and from that moment on the kingdom as I call it diminished. Through all of this, Eleanor le Despenser a former Clare, and the King's niece was by the King's side as well as a lady's maid of sorts to the Queen. Eleanor was always in the middle whether it be defending her husband, the King, or even Gaveston. When Hugh le Despenser was accused of piracy, or other horrid deeds through his life, Eleanor stood by his side faithfully and ready to forgive him at any moment. When rumors began of Hugh and King Edward II intimacies, Eleanor remains loyal, but it truly was not a wise decision in my opinion. So many devastating events, so many innocent as well as guilty have spilt blood, but in this story family remains the top priority to Eleanor. Hugh as wreaked havoc all over, even causing Eleanor's sister to be imprisoned at one time. What will it take to knock Hugh off his high horse so to speak? Is there any way King Edward can regain the respect of his people or is all doomed? Susan Higginbotham has definitely done her share of research in spinning this tale of deceit, betrayal, romance, and untimely deaths. The Traitor's Wife was based on actual events although some of the names were changed so not to confuse the reader, I really appreciated that. I had no idea that such scandal occurred in this historical time. The author made each and every character no matter how small come to life. Vivid images of traitors deaths, births, and the beauty of a faithful wife have forever been etched into my mind. If you are looking for an informative and sitting on the edge of your seat kind of read, then The Traitor's Wife is the novel for you. So much history is packed between the covers of this book. I would recommend this to anyone who shares a love of Historicals. 5 hearts

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    good historical novel

    while at first it was hard to keep track of who's who, I quickly caught on. I really enjoyed learning some history with all the plotting and punishment and romance thrown in, although it did drag a bit in places I enjoyed it overall.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Recommend it if you enjoy historical novels.

    Great historical read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    I did not finish this book as I was repulsed by the homosexual r

    I did not finish this book as I was repulsed by the homosexual references and blatant scenes depicted.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Excellent Historical Novel

    The Traitor's Wife is the story of Eleanor de Clare and her love for and marriage to Hugh le Despenser, known as Hugh the Younger in the early 1300's in England. The couple were both royalty and highly placed politically. Eleanor was the granddaughter of Edward the I and the niece of the current king, Edward the II. Hugh's father, Hugh the Elder was a trusted advisor of the King.

    The book follows the couple over their entire lives together, through their marriage, their nine children, and their political ups and down in a tumultuous period in English history. The reader will be surprised at the constant political maneuvering that led to treachery and betrayals, to a family being feted one day and scorned or imprisoned the next. The country was in upheaval as the nobles tried to rein in the power of their kings and force them to rule in a manner they approved of.

    As the years passed, Hugh and Eleanor became ever more entangled in court affairs. Hugh became the King's Chamberlain, basically the King's right-hand man. He was the conduit between others and the King, and Hugh used this position to enrich himself and become ever more powerful. Over the years, Edward and his queen, Isabella from France, became estranged. Isabella eventually joined forces with her lover, Roger Mortimer, and they enlisted enough support from the nobles to force Edward to abdicate in favor of his son.

    This was disastrous for Hugh and Eleanor. Hugh was arrested and given a traitor's death, while Eleanor and her oldest son were imprisoned off and on for many years. Eleanor was left with nine children and the Queen's enmity.

    This is a richly written, painstakingly researched account of one of England's leading families. The Princess of Wale, Lady Diana, was a descendant of Hugh and Eleanor. Although the reader will learn much about 13th century England and the military and political forces sweeping the country, The Traitor's Wife is above all a love story between Hugh and Eleanor. This book is highly recommended for readers of historical fiction.

    Susan Higginbotham is an attorney by education, and currently in addition to writing, works for a legal publisher. She lives in Apex, North Carolina. The Traitor's Wife was her first book, published in 2005 and republished in 2008 by Sourcebooks. It received ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and the 2008 Independent Publisher's Award for Historical/Military Fiction.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Enjoyed the history, the twists and the detailed characters. I c

    Enjoyed the history, the twists and the detailed characters. I could have done without some of the more "romance" aspects of this story but it was a good telling of how the royal courts worked and how even royals were at times victims of their circumstance.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Highly recommend

    This book is full of action and adventure for those who like the era of
    Edward the second. There are some liberties taken with relationships
    of the King and those close to him. I enjoyed all of the history that
    was true to the story. The author obviously spent a lot of time doing
    research to make this story follow history accurately.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Excellent historical background!

    Just finished reading this fine book based on Eleanor le Despenser's life and I enjoyed it to the end. It's a huge cast of characters, but the love, revenge, power, and flat-out endurance themes bring the story of her times to life. James Conroyd Martin

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Good+read

    I+really+enjoyed+this+book.+You+can+tell+that+the+author+did+her+research.+If+you+like+history+you+will+like+this+book%21

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    very good

    i love the historical detail. it could use a bit more depth of charaters. and a more... directed plot. there is lots of conflict but no one main conflict... thus a lack of resolution. but it is fantastic well written and really draws you in. i plan to read more of her work

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