A Triple Knot

A Triple Knot

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Book - 2014
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"The critically acclaimed author of The King's Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love. Joan of Kent, the renowned beauty and niece of King Edward III, seems blessed with a life of royal privilege until her father is executed for treason and she becomes a ward of the king, living amongst those who deem her the daughter of a traitor. Joan begins to understand the brutal constraints and dangers inherent in being of royal blood. There is one at court who loves her, but his love proves the greatest threat of all. As an impetuous teenager, she escapes into a clandestine marriage in a bid for freedom, then must hide it for nearly a decade, as her guardians marry her off to another man. After her first husband's death, Joan--now a mother of four--enters into another scandalous relationship, this time with the heir to the British throne, Prince Edward, hero of Crecy and Poitiers, who has loved her all along. But his devotion comes at a terrible price. Haunted by nightmares of her father's execution and the ruthlessness of her royal kin, Joan must reconcile her passion for the crown prince with the potentially tragic costs of a royal life"--
Publisher: New York : B/D/W/Y Broadway Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780307589293
Characteristics: x, 465 pages ;,21 cm.

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Nov 19, 2014

The 1330-70's in which the story takes place are not well known and Mrs Campion allows us to discover and learn about them in a very entertaining manner. She artfully weaves romance and historical facts , life at the British Court but also in the country and on the battlefields of Brittany, Flanders & Aquitaine.
Joan Of Kent is the perfect heroine for this story; brilliant, strong-minded, beautiful and compassionate , she charms three husbands and lots of readers!

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artemishi
Sep 20, 2014

A Triple Knot takes place in the 1300s, and tells the story of feisty Joan, a Plantagenet (the British ruling family until the War of the Roses in the mid-1400's). It has political intrigue (a lot of it!), betrayal, coming-of-age, romance, danger, and most of all, intelligently-presented history.

Campion is clearly a skilled storyteller, as I felt in the action despite it being a time filled with things foreign to me (allegiance to various lords, the role of religion in daily life, the responsibilities of knights, arranged matches, geography of Europe, etc). Only once did I need to consult Google (on a matter of geography that was not a plot point, but had me curious about timelines).

The pacing was well done. The story skips months at times, but Joan's struggles and triumphs, and the political landscape around her, still move forward. Like most historical fiction, it doesn't crawl inside of Joan's head a lot, but it provides a broad landscape of events as experienced through the characters.

I was also grateful for the author's note about Joan the "Fair Maid of Kent"- an historic figure I knew nothing about when I picked this book up. She sounds like a unique woman for her time, and I'm curious to read more by this author. I'm also curious to learn more about Elizabeth of Juliers, a side character in this story who also intrigues me.

I recommend this for fans of historical fiction, especially medieval British history and the Black Prince, Edward. Also for fans of strong female characters coming of age in a time when women were denied much.

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