Title: The Queen Of Four Kingdoms
Author: Princess Michael of Kent
Publish Date: September 2014
Source: I received a copy from the PR; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "At the age of nineteen,
Yolande of Aragon is sent away from her family, her friends, and
everything she knows, to marry the young Duke of Anjou, King Charles
VI's first cousin. Their marriage has been arranged to form an alliance
between the previously warring kingdoms of Aragon and Anjou, and is
politically fraught in a time of great danger and unrest. Yet the union
between Yolande and Louis becomes not only a great love story, but also
sets in motion events which will change the course of history.
Louis spends more and more time and money fighting in Italy for his
claim to the Kingdom of Naples, Yolande is left alone with their six
children to govern their lands. But through her charm, fierce
intelligence and the clever use of her spies, she becomes the saviour of
not just her kingdoms but also of France."
My Two Cents:
Queen of Four Kingdoms" is a historical fiction look at Yolande of
Aragon, who, like many aristocratic women of her age is sent off to
become the consort to Louis, the Duke of Anjou. Luckily for Yolande, her
match actually becomes a great love. Unlike many other women of the
time, Yolande actually rules her lands as the Duke keeps going to Italy
in order to fight tooth and nail for the Kingdom of Naples. This book is
all about how Yolande copes with balancing family (she and the Duke
have a lot of children) and duty. The Kingdoms of Anjou and Aragon seem
to be only mildly assuaged by Yolande and the Duke's match.
this book, you have a fabulous main character to read about. Yolande
definitely kept me reading. I really enjoyed this story. Yolande is a
really interesting figure and I did not know much about her. I am not
certain as to whether or not that I've read much about her in historical
fiction before. I really liked reading about everything she was able to
do while her husband was away. It was so interesting to me how much
power she was able to have and how she was able to walk the line between
caring for her children and ruling a kingdom. I also really liked the
appearance of Jeanne d'Arc in this book. She is one of my favorite
historical figures to read about. What a life! It was really interesting
to see Yolande's take on what Jeanne did and was able to accomplish and
also how her life was ended.
Overall, the writing of this book
is really good. I found it enjoyable. The writing style is interesting.
The book was written in third person present tense. I think I probably
say this every time I read a book in that tense (it is just so different
to me) but, it did take me awhile to get used to and drew my attention
away at first. Slowly I warmed up to it and it really helped me to get
into the story eventually. It was an interesting choice but in the end, I
think that the author succeeded.
I would be remiss if I didn't
draw attention to the author. The author is Princess Michael of Kent,
the wife of Queen Elizabeth II's cousin. She also came from an
aristocratic family. This gives her a very unique resume. Prior to this,
she had written a couple books and the foreword in this book makes it
sound like she will write more (Yay!).