About the Book: When thirteen year old Eleanor married Hugh le Despencer, she had no way of knowing that he would embark on a love affair with King Edward II, her uncle. This affair would put her life—and her country—at risk. Overrun by his passions, neither Hugh’s marriage to Eleanor, nor the King’s subsequent marriage to Isabella (daughter to the king of France) could stave off his feelings for the younger man.
As hostilities erupt between England and France, Edward II sends Isabella to negotiate peace, where she quickly becomes the lover of an escapee from the Tower of London named Roger Mortimer. United by a hatred for Hugh, they return to England with an army in tow and are welcomed as liberators. Edward II and Hugh flee London, leaving Eleanor in charge of the Tower. When riots break out, killing several people, Eleanor surrenders and she and her children are taken prisoner by Isabella’s adherents.
The Traitor’s Wife follows Eleanor le Despenser’s life through marriage, separation, imprisonment, betrayal and the eventual redemption of the le Despenser name. This award-winning novel is a unique story that every reader will connect with.
My Review: Man I seem to love every scandalicious page of books about the royals! Unlike fellow reviewer, Meghan, I knew nothing about these people and so it was like meeeting them for the first time. Their lives were far from glamorous and certainly full of all kinds of sorrow, poor decisions, love, betrayal, greed, ambition...need I say more?
This is a huge book! But it's well worth the journey, particularly if you love this kind of story, where the characters leap off the pages and feel real. The writing style is nice and engaging...not dry at all. This older form of celebrity drama is great to indulge in.
As I said, I knew nothing about these people, but the author provides a lovely note in the back of the book explaining her decisions in the story-telling.
Things You Might Want to Know: Some sex of course
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