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The Forgotten Queen (Warrior Queen #1)

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Set against the turbulent backdrop of 12th-century England, "The Forgotten Queen" is the tale of a warrior, Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I of England and granddaughter of William the Conqueror and her struggle to overcome political intrigues, prejudice, and the lover who steals her crown. Available now.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by The Writers Block
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Jan 02, 2013 Kevin rated it did not like it
The story of Matilda of England is a fascinating subject but the first rule of a historical novel is to be true to the historical facts as they are known. This novel has the Empress Matilda returning to England and meeting her father King Henry for the first time since she was a child. In fact, this took place in Normandy. She is struck with an arrow while hunting. It never happened. She has a love affair with Stephen of Blois, an absurd invention. She marries Geoffrey of Anjou in England. The ...more
Tara Chevrestt
I have three Garwood novels and have loved them all. This is my fourth and technically it was her first novel and perhaps that's why this one stinks.

Knowing what I do about England in the 12th century, I find this way too preposterous to enjoy it. I respect an author's right to take historical facts and "play" with them, but to take a king's daughter and make her a little snot who blantantly has an affair with her cousin and speaks disrespectfully to her father, the king, is too much. Mathilda i
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Jan 02, 2014 Amber Skantz rated it liked it
I really like it, so far. It's definitely proved more intriguing than the programming on TV for the last few nights, and by now I am sucked into the plot, not the least of all by the author's eye for detail. However, I started reading with the understanding that I was reading historical fiction, as opposed to non-fiction, so the fact that there are inaccuracies doesn't bother me. Again, historical fiction still means fiction. That's not a bash at the author or the book, as I'm really enjoying ...more
Amy Mallison-austin
Jan 04, 2016 Amy Mallison-austin rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed this book, I found it to be an incredibly slow read. Twelfth century British history is a fascinating topic, and this story covered the basics of Henry I's daughter taking over the throne. However, the details were highly fictionalized, which is fine, as it is a novel, not a history text. If you want to know the facts, do some research.
Apr 07, 2016 Teaberry rated it did not like it
Well I gave it a fair chance, reading a good 130+ pages, but had to just give up...bored bored bored by the mediocre prose and pacing. A shame.
Dec 14, 2015 Kathy added it
Slow in the beginning, nice to see how the Henry line started. However where did we go wrong with Henry the VIII? How unlike the other Henry's in the line.
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Very interesting and enjoyable. Story of Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I, mother of Henry II.
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I am going to be doing some history research now. It is truley a heart wrenching story.
Amber Medley
It took me WAY too long to get through this. ugh. Matilda... what a BRAT! ugh.
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Haley Elizabeth Garwood (born 25 April 1940) is an American historical novelist. She has worked as an airline stewardess and as a teacher of special education students. After her retirement as a high school principal in West Virginia, she began to write full time.

At present she has four completed novels in her Warrior Queen Series about women warriors. She also teaches literature at university. Af
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