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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Rebel Princess - a fiesty story of royalty!



I love reading about the kings and queens of the past. So I was intrigued by the premise of “The Rebel Princess” by Judith Koll Healey. The story of a privileged woman who had a mind of her own and the gumption to take matters in her own hands if need be. My kind of gal!

Princess Alais, sister to King Phillippe of France, is considered by all the court to be a wise, if not intimidating lady. So when the King calls for his advice on how to handle a potential religious uprising, she is eager to oblige. Especially since her betrothed lover, William, a Knight Templar in service to the pope, would also be involved in the negotiations. But the desire to help turns personal when William’s young clerk Francis is abducted and held captive by the warring religious zealots. After all, Francis was her son.

And there is also the matter of a sacred relic which has been stolen, a monk with a nasty attitude and temper, and a murder or two to solve. Busy times for a princess.

With intrigue raging throughout the story, Healey presents a story of a feisty heroine who will stop at nothing in order to protect the ones she loves. Commanding and determined, Princess Alais is also portrayed as a loving and gentle woman who just wants her family to be together and to live in peace.

I loved Healey’s intricate descriptions of life at court. You can almost feel the furs and velvets preferred by the royals, as well as the rough peasant wear that Alais must endure as she seeks out her son.

Healey’s female characters are strong, wise ladies, but the men are no wilting flowers either. Although much of the story is not exactly accurate historically, it is still charming and fascinating to read. I enjoyed it very much!

1 comment:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'm a big fan of feisty heroines. This looks like a winner!

Elizabeth
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