Christmas and the New Year are over but winter still lingers, come to a warm cosy place where you can buy a coffee, a glass of wine and a book!
I will be talking about my trilogy, Isabella of Angoulême, The Tangled Queen to Becky about my inspiration for writing historical fiction set in 13th century France and England. Isabella, the wife and widow of King John, inherited the county of Angouleme but went on to control much much more. After the chat there will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of Part Three, which brings Isabella’s story to a close.
Reviews for Part 1 and 2
An Entrancing Read
I have not only read, but have recently re-read this book a year later and found it even better the second time – a rare event in literature. Thank you so much, Erica, for bringing the 13th Century up to date, or for taking me back there. I am about to buy the second book.
A strong woman, shifting political tides, conflicted loyalties, and she’s real! What more could you want
As a huge fan historical fiction, especially this time period, I’ve read about Isabella of Angouleme, but only her life as a child and her years as King John’s wife (what a chore that must have been!). Isabella of Angoulême: The Tangled Queen is the first book I’ve seen about Isabella’s life after John, and it’s fascinating! The Isabella in this book is not the sultry teen that married John, but a smart, strong, bold woman forging a life on her own terms at a time when women just didn’t do that. Add in the politics, the fact that Isabella is still Queen of England and her son is king, but the English lands in France now belong to the French King, the shifting alliances between the various territories in France and you have a veritable smorgasbord of political and strategic pas de deux. It’s quite a page turner!
Yes, she’s arrogant, and yes, she’s not always consistent in her loyalties, but one can’t help but admire her just the same.
This is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it. Well written, fast paced, great subject matter…what more could you ask for!