Courage of a king, Strength of a knight, Heart of a woman
"A literary phenomenon."
-New York Times
Her father is a robber baron...
Her husband has grand ambitions and a quick temper...
She will become...the Great Maria.
A lush portrait of the eleventh century that leaves out none of its harshest nature, Great Maria is Cecelia Holland at her most evocative. A mere fourt...more
The scene is 10th century, southern Italy, where Norman lords are coming up against Muslim incursions and starting to beat them back. Maria is the daughter of a Norman robber baron whose castle is in a strategic position. She marries one of her father's knights, and together they embark on a difficult marriage and the task of becoming "great."
Sensitive readers be warned: The author does not sug...more
Maria is a great protagonist - a woman in medieval times learning how to use what power she has. The story starts when she is 14 and her father wants to marry her off in order to cement his power in his small holding. Her relationship with t...more
We start off with Maria, the 14 year old daughter of a robber baron in 12th century Italy. Right from the beginning, we are thrown into the harshness of her world as (view spoil...more
Very plot heavy. And it's 500 pages. Almost felt like it had been written in installments---something new has to HAPPEN every month or whatever. And each incident has to be a little more... life-threatening? suspenseful?, maybe just "more" than the last. The ending seems to be just, well, that was the last month. There's no resolution, really it just ends. But apparently it was just written as a book.
Over 500 pages, there is (as certainly must be) some character development. If you sq...more
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