Science Fiction Judith Tarr Queen of Swords

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Queen of Swords

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9780312858216: Queen of Swords

The life and times of Melisende, the Crusader Queen of Jerusalem, regent to her young son, the king, during the twelfth century come to life through the eyes of Lady Richildis, a young Frankish woman on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, who becomes one of Melisende's confidantes.

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About the Author :

COLEEN MARLO was named Publishers Weekly’s 2010 Audiobook Narrator of the Year. Marlo is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie® Award, and has received three Listen Up Awards from Publishers Weekly. She is a member of The Actors Studio.

My first novel, The Isle of Glass, appeared in 1985, and eventually won the Crawford Award, as well as being a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel. My YA time-travel science fiction/fantasy/historical novel, Living in Threes, appeared as an ebook from Book View Café in 2012, and is now in print. My new novel, a space opera, will be published by Book View Cafe in 2015. In between, I've written historicals and historical fantasies and epic fantasies, some of which have been reborn as ebooks from Book View Café. Various of my novels have been finalists for the World Fantasy Award and the Locus Award, and I've had short stories reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and collections of classic fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. I live in Arizona with an assortment of cats, two dogs, and a herd of Lipizzan horses.

From Kirkus Reviews :

Historical novel about Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem, by the author of King and Goddess (p. 853) and many others. Melisende came to power during the stormy interlude between the First and Second Crusades, after French and Norman knights had conquered the Holy Land and divided it into four Christian principalities. Tarr characterizes Melisende as a strong-willed woman forced, thanks to a shortage of suitable men, to marry a much older French noble, Count Fulk. When he dies in battle, she becomes queen, but her kingdom comes quickly under attack. Much of the novel is palace intrigue: the struggle for position among sons, knights, mistresses, and courtesans, and Melisende's own struggle to consolidate her power after Fulk is killed. Though Tarr's rendering of the privations of the desert and of battle are gripping, she's most entertaining in domestic scenes. After Melisende gives birth to her son, Baldwin, for instance, she announces that she'll not go to bed again with her husband, since her duty to him is done, and no man matters enough to endure childbirth again. As Tarr explains: ``Each child that was born took its mother to the gates of death.'' But despite all that Baldwin has cost her, Melisende sends him into a foolish battle against the infidels, after which he challenges her openly for her crown. He pits his army against hers, eventually becoming King of Jerusalem but leaving his mother in control of the Church. Tarr moves among points of view narrates most events through a fictional Frenchwoman, Lady Richildis, who, having trekked to Jerusalem seeking her brother, becomes a lady-in-waiting for the queen. Richildis is also a strong woman but finds rather more happiness in rather less lusting for power. Tarr's large and devoted readership won't be disappointed. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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