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The Eagle's Daughter

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The delightfully intimate story of the tenth-century Byzantine princess, Theophano, wife of Otto II, the Holy Roman Emperor. When her husband is killed in battle, Theophano becomes Regent for her infant son, Otto III, and rules the Holy Roman Empire for a decade. Later, Theophano's son later becomes a pawn in the hands of the Frankish king.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Forge (first published 1995)
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Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of GRRM
Shelves: historical
Two princesses from Byzantium enter into the royal family of the newly created Holy Roman Empire , and are swept (or sweep themselves, rather) into a grand adventure for the security of the realm. This is how historical fiction should read. I liked the characters, particularly the main one, and I was constantly hoping for the best while fearing the worst. This is a good book to read if you’re in GRR Martin withdrawal—it’s not as enthrallingly epic, but the court politics are realistic and the ...more
I love Tarr's writing, and have followed her ever since discovering The Hound and the Falcon trilogy while at university. Her later novels are less fantasy-driven, more solidly set in the historical past, and this one—set in the early Middle Ages—is a veritable feast of words.

"The eagle's daughter" is Aspasia, born to the purple in royal Byzantium. After the murder of her husband, she follows her niece Theophanu to the wilds of Germany. There Theophanu marries the Emperor of the Romans, and
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a pretty engaging story, given that I have not previously been interested in this time period. The novel just started without much of an introduction - kind of like overhearing a conversation.

Some parts of the novel seemed hard to believe - that a Christian widow could have a Muslim Moor lover, and practice medicine seems like a modern fantasy grafted on ancient times. Nevertheless, it's a good tale to curl up with.
Elaine Cougler
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Eagle's Daughter by Judith Tarr centers around Theophano, a Byzantine princess sent to marry Otto II, son of the famous Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great. Her task is first to make a good marriage with Otto II and beget progeny, which she does. When her husband dies she must fight to retain the throne for her four-year-old son and this is the thrust of the book. I really enjoyed this character and the whole book. A goodie!
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going through a Byzantine phase at the moment. Enjoyed this one, but felt it might not have worked if I didn't already have quite a good knowledge of the place and period. Didn't really come to life
Marguerite Reed
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely one of Tarr's very best. No fantasy, but straight up historical fiction. The Eagle's Daughter is at once romantic and coolly pragmatic, as was so much of the Middle Ages.
Kristyn Jensen
The story was good, well written, and exciting plot. However, I hated the ending.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The descriptions of the buildings and historical setting were interesting, but the plot was really spread out and strange.
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Judith Tarr (born 1955) is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She taught Latin and writing at Wesleyan University from 1988-1992, and taught at the

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