📚Medieval #Welsh #Romance. Rosie’s #Bookreview of An Alliance with His Enemy Princess by @LissaMorganAuth @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

An Alliance with His Enemy PrincessAn Alliance with His Enemy Princess by Lissa Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An Alliance with His Enemy Princess is a medieval romance set in Wales.

The story begins in 1091 with a battle; pockets of Welsh people still hold out against the Normans. Rolant Guyarde discovers a fallen Welsh foot-soldier holding his dead master’s horse; a fine horse and the spoils of battle allow Rolant to take the horse for himself. However, when he discovers that the youth is actually a woman dressed in men’s clothing, he decides to keep her secret and protect her from his men.

When Gwennan regains consciousness she discovers that she is prisoner to a Norman knight who has taken her horse and her sword. Luckily, her captor treats her like the young boy that she disguised herself as, so she plays along while hoping for a chance to escape. She discovers that Rolant and his men are carrying supplies and Gwennan knows all about their destination.

This is an enemy-to-lover story set in turbulent times. I liked Gwennan and her strong convictions to fight for her rights. While Rolant was quite a surprise and I enjoyed the sparring and mistrust between him and Gwennan. I could easily imagine the power struggles that went on and how the Normans and Welsh dealt with all the outcomes.

This is the second book that I’ve read by this author set around this interesting period of history and I would be happy to read more like it.

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Book description

A high-stakes, Medieval enemies to lovers story.

A royal decree

That will change their lives…

Norman knight Rolant Guyarde has come to conquer a Welsh fort, but when he meets its mistress, he realizes she’s the sword-wielding “soldier” he fought en route! Despite their being enemies, he finds himself intrigued by the brave, beautiful Princess Gwennan. When they’re forced into an uneasy alliance, Rolant helps her petition the king for her parents’ release from prison. But in exchange for their freedom, the king demands a price neither Rolant nor Gwennan expects!

From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Early Medieval #Histfic Lotharingia: Charlemagne’s Heir by @larafbyrne #TuesdayBookBlog

Lotharingia: Charlemagne's HeirLotharingia: Charlemagne’s Heir by LARA BYRNE

4 stars

Lotharingia: Charlemagne’s Heir is an early medieval story that begins in 1062. The story goes back and forth between Germany and Italy and features the political and religious conflicts of the times.

Into a bubbling cauldron of turmoil go Pope Alexander II, King Heinrich IV (Holy Roman Emperor), Matilda of Tuscany, secret religious artefacts and a prophecy handed down through the generations from Charlemagne. The author weaves a believable story from real historical characters from an era in which few written records were made.

The book begins with a long list of characters and I was a little daunted—concerned that I would never get to remember them all. However, once I got into the story, it wasn’t too hard to keep the main players organised in my head. In a period in which many noblewomen were no more than political pawns, the author has brought to light several strong female characters. Matilda of Tuscany and her mother Beatrice of Canossa held powerful positions through lands and their support for the papacy; added to this they owned several rare holy relics which were highly prized at the time.

I thought that the author did a good job with this book, especially considering the complex political situation between the Pope and The Holy Roman Emperor, a situation which was always threatening to topple from its precarious power balance. I liked Matilda and the fictional account of her life felt real; I could see myself happily reading more from this era in a second book.

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Barely known in the English-speaking world, Countess Matilde of Tuscany was a trailblazer who defied the gender expectations of her age, eventually becoming the most powerful woman in the Holy Roman Empire. Lotharingia is a fictionalised re-telling of her youth, as she grapples with the constraints of femininity in her quest for self-definition, power, and love.

Countess Matilde is the sole heir to Tuscany, a descendant of Charlemagne, and a trained warrior, but a woman can only rule with a powerful husband at her side. Even her formidable mother’s mysterious relics and diplomatic nous cannot change Rome’s mind about her betrothal to the duke of Lotharingia, a man who fills her with dread. Determined to choose her path in life, Matilde enlists the support of powerful players, leaving no stone unturned to secure her freedom to love and rule.

Across the Alps, Matilde’s overlord, King Heinrich of Germany, is coming of age, in a court rife with intrigue. His request to divorce sends shock waves through Christendom, and Rome, alarmed at the potential political consequences, decides that Matilde’s marriage can no longer wait.

When, after a chance meeting, Heinrich rescues Matilde from her abusive husband, friendship blossoms into forbidden love, a love with unexpected consequences.

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