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The Crown Rose by Fiona Avery

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Melisende
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The Crown Rose by Fiona Avery

Postby Melisende » Thu September 4th, 2008, 12:28 pm

Hmm ...... this novel of medieval France by Fiona Avery is a hard one to categorise.

It is basically a story of the early life of St. Isabelle of France - daughter of Blanche of Castile and sister of St. Louis. It roughly covers her younger years from the period of 1234 to 1242 - the last chapter catching up with Isabelle in her final years.

It is a curious novel as it delves into the mystique of local French legends, religious relics and secret societies - so be warned, this is not a "straight" biographic retelling of the life of a medieval saint.

The "relationships" between the French royal family, and with those around them, makes for an interesting by-play.

But to quote the inside jacket of the book:

"The Crown Rose portrays the mystery of one man who enters Isabelle's life at several key moments, becoming her icon, her soul's other half, and her destiny - a man who may, in fact, be much more than an ordinary man."


You really have to keep reading it to discover the mystery of this Man - I literally could not put it down. I kept wanting to have a break from reading, but couldn't - so I sat and read, and read till finished.

I enjoyed this book - and will most likely read it again.
"For my part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity: The throne is a glorious sepulchre."

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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Thu September 4th, 2008, 12:32 pm

My interest is definitely piqued...and the library has it so I have added it to my TBR list.
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Melisende
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Location: Australia

Postby Melisende » Thu September 4th, 2008, 12:45 pm

I occassionaly found myself re-reading pages to ensure that I hadn't missed any "clues".

I'm going to track it down again through my library - after I return the ten books I have out at the moment!
"For my part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity: The throne is a glorious sepulchre."

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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Postby princess garnet » Thu September 4th, 2008, 5:49 pm

I read this book while in library/grad school. Very enjoyable story! Here's the author's website: http://www.fionaavery.com/


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