In a genre that is filled with so many other captivating novels, I feel that this book is not quite up to their standard and therefore will probably not be picking up the sequel. Nov 07, Katy rated it liked it. Very interesting middle age historical novel based on true story written by the Princess Michael of Kent.
Feb 17, mrs tina holleron rated it really liked it. Enlightening and equally enjoyable. Princess Michael of Kent is no writer of fiction; however, she must be praised for highlighting the intriguing story of Yolande aka The Queen of Four Kingdoms. The plot is fascinating and I have left the novel with a true insight into a part of history I knew very little about.
Despite this, the writing plods along at a snails pace in parts.
Characters seem to have little depth of emotion and the level of details about clothing etc just too much. In fact there are times when she appears to have Princess Michael of Kent is no writer of fiction; however, she must be praised for highlighting the intriguing story of Yolande aka The Queen of Four Kingdoms. In fact there are times when she appears to have moved one section of detail with another, but left both bits in - or maybe this is to remind you of what she has said before, like on TV programmes when they recap after the ad break. This is the first in a series of three and it sadly would make me reluctant to embark on the following two.
Jul 03, Hillary rated it did not like it. I actually read only about 70 pages of this book and had to stop. There is no plot yet, and all I've discovered is lots of description about clothes, horses, food, architecture, pretending to be a novel. Where's the conflict?
Where's the interest? How do I know any of this is true, since it's all so rosy?
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The royals lived a sumptuous life, and all their subjects were happy, too! It should be noted I am reading it in translation--in French.
It was a gift to me. But the summer is too I actually read only about 70 pages of this book and had to stop. But the summer is too short to read something I'm not interested in. In addition, the French is stiff and formal; maybe the English is, too. I tried.
Envio normal : gratuito. Jun 23, Jteez rated it it was ok. Envio Contra Assinatura : gratuito. The emotions feel incredible when you read them and her descriptions of places and events are extraordinary. Missing but to the facts of occurrence.
But I give myself permission to stop. There is not enough character building or development, and there is far too much content. It is a fantastic era for a novel, and I loved reading about it, but there is just too much crammed into a page book for it to have a big impact on the readers senses. Really interesting though.
You need to love history to finish this one. Jul 10, Annemarie Groves rated it liked it. Not as gripping as I had hoped, it read like a cross between a text book and a summer essay, it lacked the light and shade. The drama was not dramatic, the triumph was not triumphant, the hardship was not hardened, the grit was not gritty. It became an even paced, even themed, even bland piece of reading. Jan 16, Abbey rated it really liked it.
Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is an amazing writer of historical nonfiction but her first foray into historical fiction is just as good. While some historical writers look from the outside looking, she writes from the heart of her characters. The emotions feel incredible when you read them and her descriptions of places and events are extraordinary. Can't wait for the next one! Mar 29, Mary rated it really liked it.
I have read a great deal about the English invasion of France in the 15th century from the British point of view. There is a wealth of information on French history that will provide insights into British-French relations.
Worst historical fiction I've ever read. Written without any sign of Author's erudition or fancy language. Too simple to be amusing, with naive narration and unreal if it comes to describing the society and customs of 15th Century. Will you help me?
Jul 11, Daniel rated it liked it. I'll write a proper review a little later, but I did enjoy this. A bit of struggle, but enjoyable nonetheless. Enjoyed the book as it gave me a good insight into life in France for the monarchy at that time. A good read. Jun 08, Richard rated it really liked it.
Really fascinating, I know its fictional, but it is based upon historical events, and you get the sense that the narrative could have happened. Aug 09, Gail Casci rated it liked it. Good historical fiction but not my favorite book. Dec 15, Becca rated it it was amazing.
Apr 16, Roula Yasin rated it really liked it. Armagnacs vs Burgundy. Readers also enjoyed. About Princess Michael of Kent. Princess Michael of Kent. Princess Michael is an author, and has published several books on the royal families of Europe. She also undertakes lecture tours, and supports her husband in his public work.
The Kents do not officially carry out royal duties, although they have on occasion represented Queen Elizabeth II at functions abroad. Princess Michael of Kent was born on 15 January , in Karlovy Vary formerly Carlsbad , in then-German-populated Sudetenland, in what is now the Czech Republic, near the family estates of her Austrian maternal grandmother, Princess Hedwig Windisch-Graetz, prior to the defeat and the end of Nazi Germany and of World War II in Europe, and the following expulsion of the German population later that year.
Petersburg at the outbreak of World War I. Marie Christine, her mother, and her brother, Baron Friedrich Fred von Reibnitz now living in Canberra , moved to Australia, where her mother ran a beauty salon. Friedrich became an Australian Government official. Maya Scott is a photographer and artist based in Western Australia. Other books in the series. Anjou Trilogy 3 books.