Susan Fraser King is an American author with a scholarly background. Her historical fiction is well researched and she has the ability to bring history to life.I enjoyed her work on Margaret of Scotland very much indeed.It tells the story of a medieval Saxon princess and members of her family fleeing Europe,shipwrecked on the coast of Scotland.They were fugitives from William the Conqueror.Her brother was the heir of the late King Harold.She obviously took the eye of the much older King Malcolm,he who had recently killed MacBeth to take the throne of Scotland.Malcolm could clearly see the advantages of an alliance.All the intrigues of life at court are well-explored.One gets a real feeling for the position of hostages. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the needlework, the significance of the colours in the weaving and the importance of the Bards . Christianity was a relatively recent thing in the North.Women were educated and respected in medieval Scotland.Margaret was a civilizing influence on her warrior husband.
"Set in 11th-century Scotland, this sequel to author Susan King's Lady Macbeth focuses on Margaret, wife of the much-older Malcolm Canmore, who slew pretender to the throne Macbeth and became King of Scotland. When Lady Gruadh, Macbeth's widow, grudgingly sends her granddaughter Eva to Malcolm's court as a hostage, Margaret befriends the girl -- who has, unbeknownst to her captors, been instructed by her grandmother to serve as a spy. Dramatic and richly detailed, Queen Hereafter explores a lesser-known period of Scottish history." Historical Fiction April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/42146534-cbfc-4ab9-813e-c35776aa9aed?postId=88f681db-41d1-4c1f-9572-092e11f59be6
An absolutely fantastic book!
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