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    Not another “Ooooooh, isn’t she lovely?”-

    Over the last 18 months I’ve been on an entirely coincidental Windsor reading jag. Admittedly the shadier side of the abdication turmoil that placed George VI in personally horrifying, but ultimately successful position, and the following Windsor in-fighting. So I was expecting a higher-brow but otherwise fairly standard 90th birthday year tribute to his daughter, being A N Wilson and so forth. This isn’t another life story. This is an essay that places the Queen, her role and how she inhabits that role in a deeper perspective. It’s wide-ranging and not simple to summarise pithily – bringing together so background strands and new viewpoints to redefine our appreciation of a dedicated life.
    We’re all familiar with the basic Abdication story, the private family forced onto a throne they neither wanted nor were trained for. Wilson explores the Queens’ life set against a wider background, factoring in the contemporary mind-set that modern generations overlook but which affected common and even political considerations at the time. And then moves forward to analyse how those lasting reverberations still overshadowed the breakdown of a slew of modern royal marriages.

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    by Published on 22-06-2016 15:33  Number of Views: 175 
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    To cut to the chase – a very satisfying and enjoyable historical novel.

    Prior to reading this book, virtually the only things I'd heard about the life of Queen Anne, beyond her dates (1665 - 1714) was the connection with a style of furniture that I'd seen on Antiques Roadshow and that the Act of Union occurred during her reign (1702 – 1714).

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    Set in 12th century Scotland this story follows the life, loves and battles of the boy Somerled son of an ageing chieftain. It is a simpler, harsher time, bloody battles and ruthless revenge exacted across the West coast of Scotland. This is a tale of the life of a sea faring boy who must prove himself worthy as a leader and ultimately usurp his father to seize power.

    It is a different period in history to choose to write about Scotland, a country at that time still far removed from the more refined Lowlands. This is a Scotland still culturally striving to find a place between the old religions and Christianity, divided into small fiefdoms built on raids, battles and Celtic marriage alliances.

    Medieval Scotland is a harsh barbaric land, victim to Viking raids and brutal power struggles. The Winter isles the ultimate prize.
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    Karen Stewart is a woman in her early fifties, living a comfortable life in a charming village. Her husband Harry a pillar of the community who hosts the village fete in their garden is enjoying retirement. Harry is a member of the local golf club, a church warden and all round ‘jolly good fellow’.

    When Harry dies unexpectedly of a heart attack ...
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    The Stolen Queen is a historical fiction based on the life on Isabelle of Angouleme. At the age of twelve and on the eve of her wedding to Hal of Lusignan, she is stolen away in the night and married instead to King John of England in a political coup engineered by her family. Yet all is not what it seems, and her marriage ...
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