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?
©2011 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2012 Soundings
I always enjoy Elizabeth Chadwick's books. She makes history simply come alive. This is a story about two strong women ... Matilda, the young daughter of King Henry who was never satisfied with what life gave her, and her stepmother Adeliza, a young woman close to Matilda's age. Both women are so very different, yet they find a friendship that transcended the years, politics and family dynamics. It also shows how a woman's strength can be displayed in such very different ways. Matilda, always brash, hard and ready to go found herself depending so many times on Adeliza, who was soft, kind and always looking at the very best in others. Both women forged a bond that was unique and lasted throughout their lives. The book was so well written that it had me looking up historical facts about both their lives. Excellent book and very well written, which is what I have learned is the norm for Ms. Chadwick. Excellent once again.
Intensely boring. Very poorly performed. Steamy hot sex scenes (and lots of them) which should not be necessary if the dialogue was engaging. Not a book worthy of comparison to Jane Austen or Phillipa Greggory as advertised. I'm so sorry I wasted my time on this piece of cliterature.
"A fascinating subject"
The story of Matilda and Stephen and the English Civil War - it linked so many isolated incidents that I had heard about in history lessons at school many years ago but this is the first time they have all come together for me. The story of Adeliza and William was also interesting particularly as there were actually supporting different sides.
Elizabeth Chadwick seems to be able to put her academic research into the early medieval period into very entertaining fiction which still keeps true to the period without any irritating anachronisms.
I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of costume, household effects, art and architecture - even the horse' s names were explained.
I enjoyed Tomlinson's reading except for when she changed her voice for male characters - it sounded very silly at times and spoilt the narrative flow.
I intend to start reading about Marshall and his life and times. I think there is a series of novels about the Greatest Knight.
Well, I feel that this book was actually a better portrayal of Adeliza of Louvain, I felt for her more. Matilda was fair enough, i was very sorry that she didn't get what was her birthright, or a husband who was of her choice or actually not a complete and utter terror.
Adeliza of Louvain her inability to conceive with a very fertile man, her sorrows and then her incredible fecundity with Will. You actively root for her.
Adeliza of Louvain
Not really. The Actor was good but something about the book left me a little cold
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