I'm not being paid for or sponsored by anyone to do this "review." It's just something that's occupying my mind as I just finished the book.
First off, it's historical fiction, and I love historical fiction. I'm a nerd. It's also about England. I love England and all things British. Why? I'm a nerd. I already told you that.
Anyway. This book was a unique love story. To say the least.
And it was based on King Edward II in the early 1300's.
So. I'll just tell you the most "interesting" part in my opinion.
The main character was a redhead named Eleanor. Eleanor was married to a guy named Hugh. Married when she was 13 and he 19. That's the way they rolled back then.
Upon learning that Hugh had been having an affair with King Edward, no less, Eleanor did the only thing she could think of. Not necessarily what a normal woman would do...
She went straight to the King and they got it on. Yep. Take that, Hugh! I'm only jealous because I love the king too!
At the end of their "session" she gets up to leave and the following conversation ensues:*
King: "I love you dearly, Eleanor. You and Hugh both are dear to me."
Eleanor: "And he and I keep you dearly too, Your Grace."
King: "On the morrow, dearest niece."
Eleanor: "Goodnight, dear uncle."
Screeeeeeech. **needle scratches the record as it comes to a stop.**
I can't hear you. What did you say? Oh. You think that's gross?? So do I. It's why I couldn't hear you. I was barfing. BARFING!
Know what's even better?? The story was based on truth. All of the characters were real. It is documented that Eleanor did have a physical relationship with her uncle, King Edward II.
Somehow we're related to these people? My gawd, it's a wonder we all don't have an eyeball in our foreheads or something.
I know, back then, it wasn't unheard of for cousins to marry. Even first cousins if they got a special papal dispensation.
That being said, I do recommend the book. It was interesting! That's not defensive posturing you detect, either.
What can I say? I'm twisted. **hangs head in shame.**
And I got it for free from Kindle's limited time promotional offers page.
If you guys are as
twisted addicted to historical fiction as I am, you may wanna pick this one up.
*Totally not direct quotes from the book. I already knew they were related, but I wanted to surprise you. Heh.