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The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
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May 18, 11

bookshelves: fiction, historical, mystery, women, religion
Read in May, 2011

What a great find. Historical fiction with clarification at the end so you know what the author was thinking, what was truth and what was fiction. A great story of King Henry and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. A tale of a very cold 12th century winter and the conflicts of church and state as one side provokes a rebellion against the other. Along the way a little romance for a Sicilian medica, Adelia, who now is stranded on English soil with her daughter Allie, her friend and nanny Gyltha and Mansur, the castrato from the middle east. Some real historical characters, some fictional one in a 'could have been true' adventure. I'm going to read more of Ariana Franklin's books.
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