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The Resource Lady of the English, Elizabeth Chadwick

Lady of the English, Elizabeth Chadwick

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Lady of the English
Title
Lady of the English
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Chadwick
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Queen Adeliza is married to a warrior who supports Stephen, grandson of the Conqueror, while her stepdaughter, Empress Matilda, will let no one, not even Stephen himself, stand in the way of her inheritance
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Review
  • The year is 1125, and Matilda, daughter of King Henry I, has just been widowed. Thus begins the riveting tale of the woman who by rights should have been queen upon her father’s death but instead was thwarted by the fact that she was a woman and denied the throne by her own cousin. The story follows Matilda throughout her life, illuminating the trials and tribulations that she endured to place her son on the throne of England as King Henry II. From the start, the characters are lovingly described and developed, carefully contained in the social constraints of the time. The supporting characters allow further descriptions of the time period through their conversations and interactions, lending the tale a further sense of the reader’s being in the story itself. In reading about Matilda, one thinks about one of her distinguished descendants, Queen Elizabeth I. This book will be best enjoyed by those who favor an intelligent, strong, and determined woman at the center of the story. -- Gerber, Rebecca (Reviewed 11-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 5)
  • Prolific historical novelist Chadwick's latest (after To Defy a King) delves deep into the political intrigue of 12th-century Britain after the death of Henry I, and the contest for the throne between Empress Matilda and Stephen of Blois. After the death of her husband, the Emperor of Germany, Matilda returns to England, where Henry I declares her as his successor. But Matilda's cousin Stephen, hungry for power and, like others, unhappy with the idea of a female ruler, makes a successful grab for the throne. Now unhappily remarried to the equally greedy and unpleasant Geoffrey of Anjou, Matilda works to reclaim her crown. Partly for her own honor, but also to ensure the succession of her sons, she launches England into a bloody civil war. Chadwick's depiction of the Middle Ages is sure and subtle, building the reality of daily life with ease, and her skill in imagining the private conversations that led to the great decisions of their time is enjoyable. Though the complexity of the plot drowns what little personality the characters have time to develop, the pace of the story and Chadwick's solid research will engage fans of heavy historical fiction. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 25, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 30, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10017135
Cataloging source
DLC
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1957-
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Chadwick, Elizabeth
Dewey number
823/.914
Illustrations
  • maps
  • genealogical tables
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Empresses
  • Queens
  • Widows
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Kings and rulers
  • Great Britain
Label
Lady of the English, Elizabeth Chadwick
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in the UK in June 2011 by Sphere" -- T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [507]-508)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
836393
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
514 pages
Isbn
9781402250927
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011021352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
genealogical table, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781402250927
  • (OCoLC)707246658
Label
Lady of the English, Elizabeth Chadwick
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in the UK in June 2011 by Sphere" -- T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [507]-508)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
836393
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
514 pages
Isbn
9781402250927
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011021352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
genealogical table, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781402250927
  • (OCoLC)707246658

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