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The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham
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Aug 21, 2009

it was amazing

Susan Higginbotham tells of the reign and aftermath of Edward the II in her steamy THE TRAITOR’S WIFE. The action is revealed mainly through the perspective of Eleanor le Despenser, Edward’s favorite niece and wife of the notorious traitor Hugh as suggested by the title. Higginbotham’s Eleanor is fiercely devoted and gracefully traverses the challenges of corruption, intrigue and betrayal that only the Royal Court can provide.

The novel is well researched, most of the main action being either based in fact or deemed to have historical support. History obviously provided the author with a host of interesting characters and base material, and yet this rendition is excellent beyond expectation. Higginbotham accomplishes well drawn characters that delight without presuming their motivations, and the result is a highly ambitious, informative and above all captivating story. Eleanor at times is portrayed as impossibly daft or blinded by love based on the reader’s perspective, but if you enjoy Historical Fiction this book is not to be missed.
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