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One sister is married overseas and becomes Queen of Norway: she is dubious about this fate initially, but it turns out to be her salvation as those of her sisters who cannot escape to safety and the Bruce's wife are captured by Edward the First and subjected to indignity and imprisonment of the harshest kind. Their various stories become clear through the medium of the letters which shed light on the cruelty of the age itself, Edward of England in particular, and the endless power struggles within Scotland itself. Not a great time to be a woman!!
The author's research has been thorough and this shadowy period of history is brought to vivid life. The story is not rushed and you do get a sense of events playing out over long periods of time as they did in real life. I liked it very much and will read more by this author.
The fact that this was an expository novel, really appealed to me. And when the sisters wrote history through their own personal experiences and surroundings, I truly enjoyed the story. Sometimes, however, the novel turned dry when the character's point of view diminished into a textbook-like prose, and I struggled to keep interested. I think this novel would be better classified as "creative non-fiction" rather than "historical fiction". Nevertheless, this work is a very worthy read if only to understand the horrible treatment the women suffered as a result of the political climate and the harsh period in which they lived.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The mark of a really good historical novel is that it informs the reader about the period in which it is set in a way that makes the reader feel part of it. Read morePublished on 23 May 2014 by Gartmore
At first wasnt sure of the way it was delivered in letter form but quickly got past that and thoroughly enjoyed it .......Published on 24 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
“In this fictional narrative, the five sisters of Robert the Bruce speak to us from the past. Their remarkable story deserves to be told…. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Helen Hollick