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Strongbow's Wife: The Normans in Ireland through the eyes of the woman who married their leader by [Parker, Frank]
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About the Author

Frank is a retired Engineer. He spent most of his working life in England where he was employed by UK based multi-national companies. His interest in the shared history of Ireland and the Welsh Marches was aroused by a visit to a ruined castle near his home and the discovery of the connection with the Mortimer’s of Wigmore in Herefordshire. This lead to the realisation that many of the leading participants in the Norman occupation of Ireland in the twelfth century already had well established land holdings in Herefordshire and adjacent counties. He lives with Freda, his wife of 50 year since 1963, in Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland. Frank Parker has two other novels available as Kindle e-books: Honest Hearts. Two people of Irish descent fall in love in North America at the start of the twentieth century. What is the secret from her past that ensures the failure of their relationship? What if they meet again twenty years later? And how will either react to the discovery of the daughter she gave up for adoption all those years ago? Summer Day. At the start of a long hot day in July 1947 a young boy shoots his father. How will he cope with the consequences? How will the rest of the family and their friends in the small rural community they inhabit?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KX9X3ZW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #718,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was lucky to be given a copy of this novel to read.
The epic task of researching the historical fact upon which this tale is based must have been daunting. To then render a 12th century male world of war, intrigue, rebellion and brutal retribution into the first person perspective of a young woman is doubly challenging. I enjoyed seeing Ireland and its kings through Aoife’s eyes as she courageously steps into the role of a leader of men in these desperate circumstances. A great tale, well told.
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Frank Parker makes a disclaimer at the outset of this novel stating that it is not a work of history; however, this cannot detract from the obvious level of research and reading aound the period that has clearly gone into its preparation.

In an era where history is so often that - "his story" - it is a refreshing change to read an interpretation of the documented facts seen through the eyes of a young woman growing to maturity in a dangerous and polictically unstable world. Parker is to be congratulated on having the courage to tackle writing a novel from the perspective of a 12th century teenaged girl - this cannot have been anything less than challenging - particularly when approaching an issue such as the rigours of mediaeval pregnancy and childbirth.

An interesting and thought-provoking take on a tumlutous episode in Anglo-Irish history - congratulations to the author on a job well done.
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I loved it!

Many male authors might struggle to adopt the voice and emotions of a woman, but not Frank Parker. He joins the likes of the formidable Ian McEwan and the the great classical writer D.H. Lawrence, in telling a great story, authentically, from a female viewpoint. This super novel is set in the tumultuous times of 12th century Ireland, and Aoife's life is full and eventful. I liked and admired her for her strength under severe duress, and I wanted to identify with her spirited and unswerving commitment to what was important to her in her life. Aoife is majestically driven and I cannot quite believe she is not real!

I want to read more from Frank Parker.
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I'm fond of a good historical fiction novel and this certainly falls into this category. Clearly well researched, the writer has got the basics right for me which is that the essential ingredient, a good tale well told. The narrative keeps the book ticking along nicely however as a first person account I occasionally found it a bit formal or stilted but this is a minor criticism. Engaging from the start a nice perspective from a male writer using a female voice and the time and place are well captured. If you enjoy your fiction historical this is definitely worth a look. Enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good tale 8 Aug. 2016
By Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm fond of a good historical fiction novel and this certainly falls into this category. Clearly well researched, the writer has got the basics right for me which is that the essential ingredient, a good tale well told. The narrative keeps the book ticking along nicely however as a first person account I occasionally found it a bit formal or stilted but this is a minor criticism. Engaging from the start a nice perspective from a male writer using a female voice and the time and place are well captured. If you enjoy your fiction historical this is definitely worth a look. Enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unless she was a queen.... 29 Aug. 2015
By WeZe - Published on Amazon.com
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Seldom was a medieval female written about. Frank Parker has done an excellent job on Strongbow's wife.This is a story that I will read multiple times.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale well told 6 Jun. 2017
By R. Coulson - Published on Amazon.com
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The epic task of researching the historical fact upon which this tale is based must have been daunting. To then render a 12th century male world of war, intrigue, rebellion and brutal retribution into the first person perspective of a young woman is doubly challenging. I enjoyed seeing Ireland and its kings through Aoife’s eyes as she courageously steps into the role of a leader of men in these desperate circumstances. A great tale, well told. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KX9X3ZW
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