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Strongbow's Wife: The Normans in Ireland through the eyes of the woman who married their leader Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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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