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The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham
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Oct 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, kindle
Read in October, 2011

In fourteenth-century England, young Eleanor de Clare, favorite niece of King Edward II, whose gay relationship causes much trouble in the kingdom, is delighted with her marriage to Hugh le Despenser and her appointment to Queen Isabella’s household as a lady-in-waiting. 
It soon becomes apparent, however, that Eleanor’s beloved uncle is not the king the nobles of the land—or his queen—expected. Hugh’s unbridled ambition and his intimate relationship with Edward arouse widespread resentment, even as Eleanor remains fiercely loyal to her husband and to her king.
But loyalty has its price…After Edward's first lover is killed, he becomes enamoredd of Hugh.

Moving from royal palaces to prison cells, from the battlefield to the bedchamber, between hope and despair, treachery and fidelity, hatred and abiding love, The Traitor’s Wife is a tale of an extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times.
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