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 Crécy 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 her own conscience.
“A colorful and historically detailed saga.” --The Seattle Times
“A well-written, comprehensive view of the period in which women were marginalized, their glittery, gem-laden gowns reflecting the corruption of the times.”--Historical Novels Review
“A medieval lover’s dream novel.” --RT Book Reviews
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I absolutely love historical fiction told from a female point of view. A Triple Knot is no exception, telling the story of Joan of Kent, a Plantagenet in the court of King Edward the III. Known as the Fair Maid of Kent, Joan catches the eye of several men at a young age. Being of noble blood and a ward of the queen, she is meant to be a pawn, but Joan has other ideas. Joan is betrothed to Will Montague by her mother's alliances, used as a pawn for power for the Stallion of Gascon, and her cousin, Ned, the prince believes they are meant to be together from childhood. Joan would rather be with Thomas Holland and will wait nine years in order to do so.
I did not know a lot about this time in English history when I began A Triple Knot, but through the intense research done by Emma Campion, I feel like I have a much better idea. Joan of Kent's world materializes through details taken from fact and brought to life through fiction. Joan's character begins as a confused but strong willed twelve year-old, I loved watching Joan grow and stick to her will even though everyone around her wants something different for her life. It was refreshing to read a story of a women in the 1300's following her own path and not getting severely punished. I also enjoyed learning more about Edward the Black Prince from Joan's point of view. He is painted as an incredibly charming but manipulative person throughout the story. Covering a large period of time in Joan's life, I was also able to learn about other important events happening around Joan of Kent. This part of the story could feel quite meticulous to some or incredibly informative to others.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Emma Campion is the author of The King’s Mistressand, writing as Candace Robb, author of the internationally acclaimed Owen Archer crime series. She lives in Seattle.
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