Adeliza, Henry’s widowed queen and Matilda’s stepmother, is now married to a warrior who fights to keep Matilda off the throne. But Adeliza, born with a strength that can sustain her through heartrending pain, knows that the crown belongs to a woman this time.
In the anarchy, in a world where a man’s word is law, how can Adeliza obey her husband while supporting Matilda?
How long can Matilda fight for the throne that she has struggled so bitterly to win? (taken from the Sourcebooks website)
If I want to read about Medieval times, any book by Elizabeth Chadwick is the first one I’m going to pick up. She is so learned on the subject it is like reading history – but in a good way.
Lady of the English tells the story of two women – Matilda, the daughter of Henry 1 and Adeliza, Henry’s wife (widowed and married to someone else). And while they are very different, the two are close, if not sometimes conflicted. Adeliza wants to remain true to Matilda, the rightful heir to the throne but struggles with staying loyal to her new husband.
I can’t say enough good things about Elizabeth Chadwick and her ability to recreate the past and turn it into reality. I appreciate the fact that she sticks with historical facts and doesn’t embellish in order to make the book more exciting. At the end of the book, read the ‘author’s notes’ – she tells which parts of the story she tinkered with and it really isn’t much. Real life is always more captivating than fiction, anyways.
Thanks, once again, to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of Lady of the English to read in exchange for my honest review.