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Joan of Arc and a Queen You Didn’t Know.

In this month of the Woman, we’re tackling some interesting  females. And no historical figure is more interesting than Joan of Arc. You know that, but have you heard of the Queen behind the scenes?

Book Cover: The Maid and the Queen, the Secret History of Joan of Arc
Destination: France

Book: The Maid and The Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc (New March 26, 2013) by Nancy Goldstone

Joan of Arc statue in Notre Dame
Joan of Arc statue in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

When we traveled to France, we made a difficult decision on the fly to skip a planned night in Rouen. Our schedule was going to allow so little time, that we had to miss the famous cathedral and the reminders of Joan of Arc in that ancient city. So we did see the statue shown here in Paris Notre Dame but  although it was the right decision at the time, after reading The Maid and the Queen, I’m doubly sorry that we did not have time for Rouen.  As a matter of fact, one could plan a whole trip to France following the trail of Joan of Arc in the northern portions of the country. If you expanded to visit the various castles of the rulers that are part of this story, you could tour nearly all of France. Continue reading Joan of Arc and a Queen You Didn’t Know.

Forbidden Romance for Medieval Queen

Be My Valentine Week

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Destination: England (Middle Ages)

Book: Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell (NEW Febraury 2013)

 

Bodiam Castle, England
Bodiam is a medieval castle beside the River Rother in East Sussex in the south east of England. It is just south of the Kent/Sussex border. Photo by Phillip Capper.

How appropriate it is that the publisher, Viking, should market Shadow on the Crown, set in the days when Vikings raided the English coast and Normans made uneasy treaties with the Danes to keep their coasts safe along the “Narrow Sea” — the English Channel. Continue reading Forbidden Romance for Medieval Queen

Packing Advice for Henry VIII

Destination: England (in the 16th century)

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Book: The King’s Damsel (November 2012) by Kate Emerson

King Henry VIII, not to mention his daughter Princess Mary, could have used some of that advice on the Internet about packing light.

I always knew that royalty moved from place to place–they needed to dazzle the locals with their power and authority. But The King’s Damsel brought home to me how constant and complex were the royal processions about the countryside. Continue reading Packing Advice for Henry VIII