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The Burning Candle: A Medieval Novel

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Love is for women who have choices. She has none.

In eleventh-century France on the eve of the First Crusade, Isabel de Vermandois becomes the wife of a man old enough to be her father. He is Robert de Beaumont, Comte de Meulan. A hero of the Norman victory at Hastings and loyal counselor to successive English kings, Robert is not all Isabel had expected. Cruel and kind by
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Alhambra Press (first published September 22nd 2012)
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Marie Parsons
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
How would you grow up, in an age where women were generally borne only to be bartered as marriage partners for position, land, power, and heirs, and men could not trust brothers, childhood friends, their king if a noble, or their nobles if a king? How would you hold up, if you were a girl-child, beaten by your parents to teach you to be submissive, told you would be married to a man far older than you, whom you do not know? What personality would you present to the world? What would you dare to ...more
Patty
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Young Isabel de Vermandois is a spitfire. She does not follow the conventions of her day and is not a sweet and retiring young 11 year old. When a visitor comes with news of her intended betrothed instead of waiting quietly in her room she storms into her parents' hall and demands to know the name of the man she will marry. When she finds out that he is as old as her father she is appalled and refuses her consent. Her father has her beaten day after day after day until she breaks and goes into t ...more
Mary
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The intensity of The Tudors TV show is how I would compare The Burning Candle. Lisa J. Yarde writes a captivating historical novel about Isabel, the Comtesse de Meulan. The era is 11th century France and Isabel is eleven years old; prime age to marry in medieval times.

As women are betrothed soon after birth, they have no choice regarding the men they wed. Isabel marries Robert de Beaumont, Comte de Meulan, who is about forty years older than she is. Robert makes promises not be cruel, like Isabe
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Darcia Helle
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Burning Candle is a fictionalized story of real people living in eleventh century Europe. The details are well researched, and Lisa Yarde does an excellent job of capturing this period in history.

Young Isabel is born into a time when women are possessions and love has little to do with marriage. We follow her life from the age of eleven, when she is married off to a fifty year old man. I enjoyed the interplay with the characters and the honesty in the way the era is portrayed. We see the po
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Anita
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Burning Candle is a love triangle between Ms Yarde’s heroine, Isabel de Vermandois, a girl who was never in charge of her own destiny, her husband, Comte de Meulan a man much older than her, and William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey.

Based on historic fact, this is an authentic, compelling story about the realities of life and marriage for land and status that prevailed in Medieval England, together with the restrictions and hardships endured by women in the form of Isabel’s humiliation and
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Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe.

She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, On Falcon’s Wings, featuring a star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and The Burning Candle, based on the life of the first countess of Leicester and Surrey, Isabel de Vermandois, progenitor of roya
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