January 2020 book reviews

We read recent releases with a link to France. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time. This month, we will look at Isabella of Angouleme, The Seine River and Matisse’s Poets

Isabella of Angoulême: The Tangled Queen Part 3

Erica Lainé, SilverWood Books, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-78132-734-0

This is the third book in the trilogy by Erica Lainé on Queen Isabella of Angoulême.

The story is set in the 13th century and focuses on the determination of the Queen, then unwanted.

After the death of her husband King John, she goes back to France to claim her inheritance and reign on her territory in what is now Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

She has to face many struggles but she will do everything to keep her thrown.

Contrary to the second book, this novel gives more of an insight into Isabella’s family life and we can see two different sides to her character: the loving mother and ...

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