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4ever Queen's Reading Log--2010

Posted: Thu January 14th, 2010, 11:03 pm
by 4ever Queen
Tales of Passions, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland (To-be-read)

Posted: Wed February 17th, 2010, 8:10 pm
by 4ever Queen
The Last Queen by CW Gortner (totally recommned this novel)
In The Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant

The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick--A great read if you are not familiar with the King's court day-to-day activities in the MA, a knight's responsabilities and loyalties, courtier-love, and a Knight who lived and struggled to stay loyal even thru one of the hardest reigns in the MA--that of King Henry's II and his Eaglets. And during this time William finds his perfect mate and 'love' something that was not guaranteed when you were given a wife for her lands and wealth or for her royal blood.

The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick-- This is an amazing and beautiful ending chapter of William Marshal's story - the Greatest Knight of all times. This is a story of Honor, Loyalty, Duty and Love. Marshal's life is entwined and strengthened by an intelligent woman, Isabelle de Clare, a woman who shared in his love but also in his pain during the turbulent times of the Middle-Ages and its greed for absolute power. William Marshal - The Scarlet Lion, was not born a king himself but was undoubtedly born for a generation of Kings.

Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick

Twilight of a Queen by Susan Carroll
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman (currently reading)
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner -- I loved C.W.'s character of Catherine! I have read much about this malignant Queen but after reading this novel I will never see her again in such a dark light. I saw her as a mother, Queen, lover and foe to many but with the latter I never thought I could excuse her extremist behavior until now. I really enjoyed the meticulous way in which C.W. intertwined Catherine's and Henry of Navarre's lives from the beginning at their first meeting. Personally I was very surprised to find myself strongly disliking Margot as she became a hateful and resentful young woman, since mostly what I have read of her has been that of a protective, strong, intelligent and very diplomatic woman. But even though I grew to dislike her in his novel I will keep and cherish Alexander Dumas' beautiful character of Queen Margot.

Overall, I loved that C.W. let you, as the reader, draw your own conclusions of Catherine de Medici as a person and Queen Regent. Never did I feel that he imposed his own personal opinion of such a controversial historical character in centuries! Thank you CW for another wonderful & exquisite novel.

Posted: Thu August 12th, 2010, 5:09 am
by 4ever Queen

By Fire, By Water by Mitchell J. Kapplan