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The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,316 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews
""Conveys emotions and relationships quite poignantly.entertaining historical fiction."-Kirkus Discoveries "The dialogue is excellent, the characters are well formed and vibrant.Higginbotham's talents lie not only in her capacity for detailed genealogical research of the period, but also in her skill in bringing these historical figures to life with passion, a wonderful se ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by iUniverse Star (first published July 25th 2005)
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Linda Shea Reading it now and really enjoying it - but I'm not surprised as this is the 3rd of Susan Higginbotham's books that I have read (after "Her Highness,…moreReading it now and really enjoying it - but I'm not surprised as this is the 3rd of Susan Higginbotham's books that I have read (after "Her Highness, the Traitor" and also "The Stolen Crown" and both were awesome) and I like her writing style. Her characters really come to life! (less)
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Dawn (& Ron)
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: medeival fiction readers, historical fiction readers
Recommended to Dawn (& Ron) by: Jemidar, Misfit
I was so eager to dig in and begin this book, especially with the endorsements of friends and a bit of help from the author herself (helping me to choose which book of hers to start with). I was beyond frustrated that it took me two months to read. Let me explain, it wasn't the fault of the book but life that got in the way. I tried to read a few pages here and there but you can’t do that with this book. You need, and want, to have time to spend with Eleanor de Clare, her family and their lives, ...more
Sarah Mac
Friends, I can't.

I can't continue this torment. Without question, The Traitor's Wife is one of the most boring books I've read. EVER. At any point in my life. I'm not exaggerating, guys. I can't even find words to express how dull, lifeless, & utterly unreadable this book is. Every sentence pains me. LITERALLY. EVERY SENTENCE. It's an orgy of infodumps, As You Know Bob, telling-not-showing, block paragraphs of confusing names, chunks of time skipped, flat characters yammering at each other,
I am very picky about historical fiction.

I like my historical fiction very, very well-researched. Don't mess with known history or rearrange timelines just to fit a plot. Don't over-modernize the dialogue. And above all, do NOT dumb it down just to appeal to a vapid audience.

Well, I am here to shout it from the rooftops that author Susan Higginbotham does none of the above. And she does is very, very well.

The Traitor's Wife recounts the reign of England's King Edward II, as seen through the eyes
Monique first five star book of the year and it was a free, relatively unheard of book that I was introduced to through my Kindle..and I loved it, not only did it introduce a entire of host of characters in a new dynasty equally as fascinating as the Tudors but seamlessly told the tale of an extrodinary woman, her life,loves against the backdrop of thirteenth century England constantly at war with Scotland and itself..This book was longer and way more detailed than I expected and I thoroughly e ...more
Susan Higginbotham seems to have a propensity to write the stories of those much maligned figures from history and redressing the myths surrounding them. And you know what, I like that. I’d much rather have an accurate portrayal than another tired round of dragging up every juicy salacious crumb of rumour just to make a novel interesting. Because it’s not interesting. It’s cliché and boring and seems to me it does a disservice to the actual historical people. Plus, it’s always fun to read the st ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars

This book was incredibly well researched. Before reading it, I knew nothing of the reigns of Edwards I, II and III, and as I was reading, I was sure a lot of it was made up by the author; there was so much plotting, scheming, betrayal, greed, power, adultery, manipulation, revenge, murder and general downright crazy, that it could dwarf even the maddest American daytime soap! But no, almost all of this book is true. As a regular Tudor and War of the Roses reader, I’m not shocked
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much promise.

When I got this book I was flipping out with joy. I started it right away and didn't even put it down.

Sadly.... I never finished it because when I reached page 400 I couldn't continue.

I was really pissed because the beginning was great and so much shit happened that ruined the book.

I was really confused. The author made everyone Eleanor magically fall in love with her. Seriously, even the gay ones! Like the author kept dropping hints about some kind of secret love b
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dull as all hell. The plot, characters and situations are inherently interesting but the author's writing style drains all the life out of the proceedings. This book is written like a straight history or a teleplay: it is a 500 page list of events with no internal monologue from any characters and almost no discussion of feelings, motivations, reactions etc. There is a great story here waiting to be freed from such bone dry prose. Also, while the author can't help that so many of the characters ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)

If I weren't reading this for book club, I would have stopped already. I wish that I had gotten this from the library rather than paying the $7.99 for the Kindle version because it was a total waste of money.

From the very first chapter, I knew that this would be a difficult read for me. I am not a fan of Higginbotham's prose, her lack of description, or the characters. She writes in passive voice, which is something that I don't like seeing in fiction, or in any type of wr
Jan 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I am the author of two historical novels set in fourteenth-century England: The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II and Hugh and Bess. Both were reissued in 2009 by Sourcebooks.

My third novel, The Stolen Crown, is set during the Wars of the Roses. It features Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, and his wife, Katherine Woodville, as narrators. My fourth novel, The Queen of Last Hopes,
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