Thursday, April 25, 2013

Vouched Book! Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer by N. Gemini Sasson

Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer
N. Gemini Sasson
Publication: September 7th 2010 by N. Gemini Sasson
Genre: British Literature; Historical Fiction; Romance

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The story of Queen Isabella, who sought revenge on her husband Edward II, and her lover Sir Roger Mortimer, who masterminded the invasion that accomplished it.

The marriage of Isabella of France and Edward II of England in 1308 is a union meant to secure lasting peace. For years, Isabella is a loyal wife, who repeatedly salvages her husband's kingship, even as she endures his neglect. When she finally speaks out against Edward's favorite, Lord Hugh Despenser, her income, lands and children are taken from her. In an age when women are not supposed to openly defy their husbands, Isabella vows to get her children back and have her revenge on Despenser - no matter what the cost.

Imprisoned in the Tower of London for leading a rebellion against King Edward, Mortimer escapes with Isabella's help and finds refuge in the French court. But when Isabella arrives in Paris to negotiate a peace treaty, it is a temptation the ambitious Mortimer cannot resist.

Okay, I love this book. I'm a huge historical fiction fan, so this one was right up my alley. I've seen the movie Braveheart and this novel, while historical fiction, blows that movie out of the water. This tells of the real Isabella of France who married Edward and then betrayed him with another man and then turned his children against him. Not that he didn't do that on his own. This book really has it all. Intrigue, romance, battles, betrayal, love. It's a crock pot full of different things for the reader. It also gets the emotions of the main characters, Isabella and Sir Roger. It gets her pain and his need for revenge and 'justice' as it were. Their emotions binds them together and makes them an enemy no one would want to cross. All in all, I really enjoyed and now I'm off to read it again.


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