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Date Posted: 2/27/2011 9:20 AM ET
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HARRIET!  cheeky

 

To Defy a King
 
To Defy a King
by Elizabeth Chadwick
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5.0 out of 5 starsgreat Middle Ages biographical fiction, February 27, 2011
This review is from: To Defy a King (Paperback)
In 1204 daughter of renowned British knight William Marshal, fourteen year old Mahelt "Matty" Marshal marries Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk in a politically arranged deal between two powerful families. Over the next few years, the pair shares a deep regard for one another that turns to love as they raise their four children.

The serene rustic lifestyle ends for Matty and Hugh when King John begins systematically abducting her family. He arrests the heir to the Pembroke earldom, Matty's brother Will; and follows that with incarcerating her other sibling Richard. Finally King John goes after her famous father, who has made it clear he is against the monarch's avaricious stealing of land. Matty resolutely tries to get her family free while also remaining loyal to her husband and their children; not easy to achieve when contradictions and conflict are the norm.

This is a great Middle Ages biographical fiction that enables fans of Elizabeth Chadwick to feel they are "living the history". (See the author's blog at http://livingthehistoryelizabethchadwick.blogspot.com/2007/07/beyond-looking-glass.html for more information). The story line is character driven mostly by the heroine although the support cast especially her two families enhance the heroine's dilemma of being caught in the middle of rescuing her birth family and yet not endangering her married family. Readers will enjoy Matty's efforts to walk a thin red line as she knows not to waste her time pleading For the King's Favor since the Marshal kin are persona non grata, but cannot remain idly on the sidelines.

Harriet Klausner
 

 

I Am the Chosen King
 
I Am the Chosen King
by Helen Hollick
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5.0 out of 5 starssuper historical fiction, February 27, 2011
This review is from: I Am the Chosen King (Paperback)
In 1043 Edward is crowned king of England. He is a weak monarch, but honors the loyal Godwinesson family, whose patriarch is the Earl of Wessex, by naming the son Harold as the Earl of East Anglia. After his father dies, Harold becomes the Earl of Wessex. As Harold rises in power, he remains in love with his hand-fast wife Edyth Swannhaels as his ambition in life is to be a good family man. However, unlike Harold, his avaricious siblings envy his success; while greedily demanding more power and wealth regardless of what happens to their people. His sister Edith marries one of his rivals to replace the late weak Confessor on the throne, William of Normandy as her ambition is to be queen, which coincides with his ambition to be king at any cost to others. Their brothers (Swegn and Tostig) see opportunity for personal advancement and riches with greedy William of Normandy on the English throne unlike if their blood remains the king. Confrontations are coming culminating at Hastings

This is a super historical fiction that provides for the most part a Saxon (predominantly that of Harold) focus to the two and a half decades between the coronation of Edward (over a century later known as the Confessor) to the Battle of Hastings. Readers obtain a glimpse into an educated people, not the barbarians easily defeated by the Normans. The cast is terrific though there is a bias towards Harold being heroic in life and death while William being savage. This Lost Kingdom - 1066 (see The Forever Queen) affirms that "to the victor go the spoils" including the history books that follow.

Harriet Klausner
 

 

Matty?

 

 

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 9:47 AM ET
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*snort*

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 9:57 AM ET
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I know, I just about choked on my tea when I saw those this morning. "Matty"? Where the h*** did that come from?

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 10:46 AM ET
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LOL! Well, now Elizabeth Chadwick can rest assured in the knowledge that she has finally made it to the "Big Time"...she has been reviewed by The Klausner!

I am sure Mrs. Chadwick is just crazy with joy now, lol!

 

Does anyone else have a compulsive need to read Harriet's reviews when you come across them? I know they are utter bull and a waste of my reading time, but if I happen across one, I just have to read it. I don't know why I waste my time....

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 10:59 AM ET
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Klausner, is that car wreck that you can't look away from.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 11:05 AM ET
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Does anyone else have a compulsive need to read Harriet's reviews when you come across them? I know they are utter bull and a waste of my reading time, but if I happen across one, I just have to read it. I don't know why I waste my time.... 

Actually, Harriet watching is a major sport at Amazon. I know it's sick, but as Jerelyn said it's like watching a train wreck and you can't turn away. She really screwed both of those up big time.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 11:07 AM ET
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And I can't wait until we see her review for Land of the Painted Caves cheeky

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 11:23 AM ET
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My God, it's gibberish.  I have a headache now!

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:28 PM ET
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I thought exactly the same thing as Misfit...Matty where the H... does that come from@#$!&*

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:40 PM ET
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I couldn't keep my hands off the keyboards. I had to comment cheeky

She sure screwed up the Hollick book as well.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 2:44 PM ET
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Why did I know the punch line before I opened the thread? cheeky

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 3:11 PM ET
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Hehe. BTW I was just on Amazon. TDAK is going for $2 and change on Kindle.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:19 PM ET
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Ha ha! LOL.

A bit off topic ... does anyone know if the re-releases of "A Hollow Crown" and "Harold the King" (with new titles) are the same texts as the original books? Or did Hollick edit the books for re-release?

I purchased the Kindle edition of "Harold the King" for $3 and was hoping it would be the same book as "I Am the Chosen King."

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:45 PM ET
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Felicia, as I understand it both the Hollick books were edited down and lost a few pages. I've read both versions of Harold and despite that editing didn't notice a difference story-wise at all. I would have had to compare them side by side to see what changes were made. From the reviews and comments on Forever Queen I'd assume the same, I doubt the story changed at all.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 6:38 PM ET
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Cathy,  I just read your comments well said!