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The Beggar Queen Kindle Edition
Now a queen, Bathilde must provide the king with heirs and continue the charitable and social work that has become her life, all the while fighting her detractors. By the end of her days, Bathilde had changed the face of medieval France forever.
How did a slave navigate the treacherous Merovingian courts and rise to rule an empire? And why have so few people heard of her?
Content Warning: rape, childbirth trauma
"A masterfully penned mosaic of historical fact and compelling fiction. Steeped in cultural, religious, and societal detail, this story will appeal to academic lovers of history, as well as those seeking a dramatic escape. The reading experience is immersive and nuanced, highlighting a fascinating period rarely explored in literature." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
- ASIN : B09C3Y5298
- Publication date : August 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2424 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #373,524 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is PLENTY of bloodshed, torture, political intrigue, political matchmaking AND true love in the book, but there is also period-consistent religion and gender roles - I appreciate reading a historical story that isn't presented through a distorting modern lens. At the same time, I really appreciate the strong female characters; Elizabeth aside, so many historical female characters seem to get reduced to either the romancers or the romanced. While Bathilde rises to power by catching the eye of a king, she is never merely a love object, and once she gains autonomy she is a powerful personality with a clever and practical mind.
Imo, the book really takes off at about the halfway point; it feels as though all the characters have been manuevered into place on some vast gameboard, and the action escalates from there. Like a lot of real history, too, it's a 'happy' ending, which always serves as a reminder of just how hard and precarious life was back then.
I'm glad I read it. Bathilde is a woman who should be remembered.
“What have you heard today?” the queen asked, sighing. She'd been working late, and Joveta had brought her some food. They sat together as the queen ate.
“The usual, my lady. Nonsense, all of it.” She waved a hand in the air. “That your husband is not dead and rules in secret. Or that the nobles secretly run the kingdom.” Joveta grimaced, and her face took on the expression of someone who had tasted something unpleasant. “There are also distasteful rumours, your magnificence.” Knowing her mistress would tell her to go on, she continued. “Some say that your son is really not your son. That you were unable to deliver a breathing child, and that another was substituted, a live one for your dead one.”
A less resolute person may have buckled under the pressure. But Bathilde had a vision and pushed forward, although she eventually allowed herself to delegate authority to her children. She even allowed herself the luxury of retirement, though the struggles of her kingdom were far from over. But she could be satisfied that her great projects survived and all three of her sons were crowned king. This was an interesting story of an era we know very little about.
Top reviews from other countries
It opened up the early history of the times before France, as we know it today existed, giving life to the struggles between former kingdoms.
As now, the struggles between church and state battle each for submission through envy and greed. Kings murdered, powerful men grasping for more , colour this historical novel and bring the life lesser known Kings and their Queens and Saints of long ago to life.
Gripping to the end.