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Queen of the North

7 Oct

Anne O’Brien has written a series of books looking at the lives of lesser known female players in medieval English history.

“Queen of the North” is a novel of Elizabeth Mortimer, wife of Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy, and cousin of both Richard II and Henry IV.

It’s marvellous to see people centre stage in a novel that most people seem to ignore.  History tends to focus on the men and women, unless they are Queens, tend to remain in the background.

When you read the Plantagenet family trees in some novels, it’s easy to form the erroneous opinion that the monarchs had few children. In reality, the family trees where large, sprawling, and intertwined.

The book was well written, well researched and entertaining. There is a smidgeon of romance, between Elizabeth and Henry, but not with her second husband. Anne O’Brien is pragmatic about marriage at that time period.

Highly recommended.

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