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A Triple Knot

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  760 ratings  ·  174 reviews
The critically acclaimed author of The King's Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France,
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Broadway Books
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Lorraine Haven't read too far yet, but I am enjoying it. One suggestion - I have a paperback and the print is so very small. If you can, buy a hardcover. I sho…moreHaven't read too far yet, but I am enjoying it. One suggestion - I have a paperback and the print is so very small. If you can, buy a hardcover. I should have.(less)

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Heidi The Reader
I love historical fiction about the English monarchy and court. This time period, the 1300's, is one that I wasn't very familiar with, which was fine with me. I'm always up for learning something new while being entertained. Warning, there are some minor spoilers ahead if you aren't familiar with English history.

This story centers around Joan of Kent. Joan's father was executed by her grandmother's lover when she was very young. She also didn't trust her own family to provide for her or believe
I have to say that I read pretty much anything about Edward III or the Black Prince and I really want to read more about them but I only barely could finish this.

Even if Ned, The Black Prince or Queen Philippa wasn’t portrayed like I’ve thought them to be, I could have liked this. Even The Black Prince throwing tantrums at every possible moment wasn’t enough but I just couldn’t like Joan. What a naïve, little idiot. Over half of the book she spent pining for Holland and the other half she was s
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Note: Since penning this commentary, Broadway Books has revised and corrected the jacket description. The current blurb omits those statements that spoil the story and correctly identifies Joan as Edward III's cousin rather than his niece. My review was written in reference to an ARC which carried the description below. Proceed with caution, there be spoilers ahead.

Original Cover Description: Joan of Kent, the renowned beaut
Susan (susayq ~)
wonderful recount of Joan of Kent's life. I didn't know much about her going into this so I liked it quite a bit. ...more
I have been slightly more generous in my rating of this book than my comrades in literature, so now I will have to attempt to explain why. First, I received an ebook copy from Netgalley, so I cannot comment on the jacket description. I will admit that the cover art did not appeal to me, but that is often the case. Now for the story.

We know few details of Joan of Kent, as is the case with most medieval women, but Campion does a remarkable job of creating her world for us. The reader is introduced
Shannon Elizabeth Heffner
This was my first novel by Emma Campion and to be honest, I'm not sure if I'll pick up another in the future. I was prepared to like this novel from the moment I saw its subject and I anxiously awaited its release date. There have not been very many novels written about Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, and most only have her as a secondary character instead of the lead. An interesting woman of an interesting time, I thought it would take quite a bit to make me dislike this book, and sadly that is ul ...more
Apr 14, 2004 rated it liked it
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Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.

Joan of Kent has always fascinated me. Her tangled love life, her strength, her weakness. Needless to say I was more than excited to dig into A Triple Knot. Imagine: Joan enters a clandesti
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
In A Triple Knot Campion has brought to the forefront a relatively minor character from history, spurning the well-known people to instead give us the story of Joan, known later as the Fair Maid of Kent.

Joan is a poor royal cousin tainted by her father's execution as a traitor, struggling to find her footing in a household where her father's death is forever held over her head and her beauty may be her only escape. Her cousin Ned (known to us as Edward, the Black Prince) is more than fond of her
Anasheh Satoorian
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual 3.5

My Review:

I was invited to join Blogging for Books, where I get to choose a book in exchange for an honest review. I decided to choose a book that I would not normally choose, therefore I selected an adult Historical Fiction book. Historical fiction is a genre that I really enjoy and unfortunately do not read as often as I would like. But the synopsis of this story really intrigued me. I had not read much about this time period and even though I had heard of Joan of Kent, I had never r
I read few books of these historical characters, and none of them impressed me yet to much. These are not bad books, but they are not even impressive to remember them. And such a very interesting period and fascinating characters...full of intrigue, love, lies, betrayal, sinister plots, lust and obsession... Unfortunately, this book did not impress me too but it is better than others in some way
To much descriptions of the clothing, the feasts, the dancing... but unlike others books, this has at
Lupinus Texensis
This book is certainly worth reading, but it takes a while to get off the ground. Campion burdens herself with multiple POV's, while sometimes neglecting Joan's. What Philippa and Margaret and Lucienne have to say DOES NOT ACTUALLY MATTER. It's 100% exposition, and all of it could be avoided, making this a five star book. And Efa doesn't rate a POV??? Really? REALLY?

Necessary points of view: Joan and Efa. End of list.

That said, the history is good. It's good history! I appreciate that beyond rea
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Let me start with this: I cannot finish this book.

Actually, I should probably start with a plot description. This novel falls under the realm of historical fiction. It concerns the life of Joan of Kent, cousin to and ward of King Edward III. Her father was named a traitor when she was younger and was executed for his crimes. Since then, her and her brother have fallen into the hands of the King
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
While most of the bloggers on this tour enjoyed A Triple Knot, I'm sad to say I did not.  Despite the focus on a little-fictionalized royal -- medieval Joan of Kent, cousin of the King, Edward III and eventual spouse of Edward of Woodstock, aka the Black Prince -- I was a bit bored by this plot-and-action heavy novel.

Set between 1338 and 1361, the novel follows the famous "fair" Joan of Kent -- and sadly, she was the heart of my problem with this novel.  Her biggest claim to fame is her beauty,
Nancy Brady
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I received this e-book copy from Edelweiss for an honest review.

This is the story of Joan of Kent, a cousin to the king and the crown prince, the granddaughter of a king...she is one of the Plantagenets. She is beautiful and is desired by many and will soon make a strategically political marriage. Her heart gets in the way as she betrothed to not one, but three, different men (hence the reason, in my opinion, for the title of the book A Triple Knot). As she deals with the machin
Amalia Gkavea
Since Historical Fiction is my favourite genre, I always try to finish a novel that falls into this category, even if I find it really mediocre at some point. Unfortunately A Triple Knot is an exception. I gave up around the 50% mark, I just couldn't continue reading. How can a writer create such a boring book about one of the most intense, tumultuous eras in British History? Joan of Kent, the Black Prince, queen Isabella, queen Philippa and so many others...They were interesting, intriguing his ...more
Margaret Sankey
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
From an author who also writes a couple of series of medieval mysteries, this is a historical novel about Joan of Kent and her three marriages (Thomas Holland, William Montague, Edward the Black Prince), unfolded while the plague and the Hundred Years' War complicate politics and keep the pope barricaded behind incense at Avignon. As difficult as it is to measure the agency of a twelve year old girl in the 14th century, other novels about Joan have had her first two marriages just be the obstacl ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Lady Joan of Kent & The Middle Ages.
Wow! What a life The Fair Maid of Kent, Lady Joan, lived. Quite a dynamic personality. Unfortunately, the Plantagenets kept marrying their first cousins, and as a result, they produced some weak monarchs, but this book discusses the life of Joan of Kent. It was a fascinating one. This book takes place during the 14 Century, and when I think how much was done in the 14 Century while wars were continued to be fought, it truly amazes me. The book started a bit slow for me, but then picked up, and i ...more
Amy Bruno
Stopped at 51%. Gave it the good ol' college try, but just can't bring myself to finish. ...more
Bookish Ally
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a fan. Campion takes the few details we have on the life of famous beauty Joan of Kent and carefully weaves a story that is both entertaining and interesting. In her author’s note she goes over her thoughts on Joan’s early marriage to Sir Thomas Holland and subsequent marriage to the black prince, while noting collaborative conversation between she and other historians.

Lots of love, intrigue and historical nuggets for those of you who, like me enjoy looking at history through stories, and f
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
I think there was a missed opportunity by the author. Joan was likable and I've enjoyed reading about her. However, the author did a disservice by rushing the ending. Why not write about her entire life instead of through the first two marriages? I was left wanting more. This book however was not better than the The Kings Mistress by the same author. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters who surrounded Joan but I hated the way Queen Philippa was portrayed...Overall a decent book but just wa ...more
Mary Eve
I was taken back to the 14th Century, the time of political turmoil and the black plague. King Edward the III will plunge England into the Hundred Years War, vying for the crown of France. Here is where I will be introduced to the beautiful Joan of Kent, known to history as the Fair Maid of Kent.

A Triple Knot is based on the true story of Joan of Kent, daughter of Edmund, Earl of Kent, the youngest son of Edward I. When Isabella, Edward II's queen, invaded England with Roger Mortimer, her lover,
Young, beautiful and of royal blood, Joan of Kent is destined to be wed to someone of strategic importance to Edward III. But this is not what she wants and when a proposed marriage fills her with dread and fear, she enters into a clandestine marriage with Thomas Holland, one of the king’s knights and a poor match for a woman of such high blood. But this marriage might not save her from heartache when the king decides to marry her to his trusted friend’s son.

A Triple Knot was such a frustrating
Nicole Overmoyer
There were things about A TRIPLE KNOT by Emma Campion that I absolutely loved and there were things that irritated me. My final conclusion on the book is that it was excellent, so the irritations must have been insignificant enough not to really matter in the grand scheme of things.

The novel is historical fiction, and probably historical romance although not in the way that most historical romances are filled with bed-hopping. It is the fictionalized story of Joan of Kent who lived in England du
Erin Arkin
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion was an interesting read about a Plantagenet that I haven’t had the opportunity to read a lot about – Joan of Kent.

The story is based in the 14th century when Edward III is king and Joan of Kent is his cousin. As Edward works to claim the crown of France, Joan becomes a pawn for Edward to make a strategic move and gain support where he needs it. Ned, who is Edward and Phillipa’s first born son, believes himself in love with Joan as well and this has creat
Having known nothing about Joan of Kent, I quite enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to get swept up and away in Joan's story which begins when she's twelve and very much grieving her father's execution. I won't spoil what happens in detail as there's a large amount of royal court intrigue and what must also be the longest petition in history to declare a marriage valid. It was all very interesting but I admit that I had difficulty vesting in Joan & Thomas Holland's love. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Triple Knot takes the reader on an amazing journey into a fascinating era in English history. Based on true events, this novel interweaves love, duty, and betrayal in the clandestine marriages of the infamous Joan of Kent. A Triple Knot is a riveting tale from start to finish.

As a young girl, Joan was quite ornery. Disillusioned of her Plantagenet bloodline after the execution of her father by the crown, Joan maintains a pretense of obedience while secretly promoting her own agenda. In this sh
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable novel based upon the life of Joan of Kent. The majority of this novel takes place prior to Joan's marriage to Edward the Black Prince, beginning with her life as a young adolescent and following her into womanhood. I found her life story to be very interesting and the relationship dynamic between Joan and the three men in her life made for an intriguing read. In love with one man, married to another and coveted by another Joan very much came across as a young woman struggli ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In A Triple Knot, author Emma Campion has successfully brought to life the early years of Joan Kent's life. Although the first two chapters of this novel were a little too heavy in backstory and the introduction of far too many names and characters, once I read past this slow beginning, the story started to build and truly captured my interest. The characters are majestically and realistically brought to life, as are the politics and court intrigues of King Edward III's court. Through clever dia ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it

I received a copy of this from Goodreads’ First Reads program.

I admit, I left this sit on my bedside table for a shamefully long time.

After finally getting to it, I was a bit put off by a main character who is twelve when she falls in love and chooses to get married!!! Carpe diem and seize your independence, and all that, but really, twelve?

Emma Campion admits in her author notes she wanted to pick at the traditional fairy tale of the Black Prince and Joan of Kent – but that leaves us a story w
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Emma Campion is a pseudonym of the popular historical crime writer Candace Robb. The King's Mistress & A Triple Knot grew out of the deep research for her Owen Archer series. The first is a biographical novel about Alice Perrers, the second about Joan of Kent, two fascinating women in the court of King Edward III. Candace/Emma has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied ...more

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