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The Passionate Enemies Like the second instalment of the Norman Trilogy, The Passionate Enemies does not match the brilliance of Book 1, yet it is impressive nonetheless.I find this period of the 1100s an interesting one Here we see the latter days of Henry I followed by the reign of King Stephen Throughout the narrative there s Henry s daughter and Stephen s cousin and sometimes lover Matilda, one of the most arrogant royal woman in history The love hate relationship between Stephen and Matilda serves as the Like the second instalment of the Norman Trilogy, The Passionate Enemies does not match the brilliance of Book 1, yet it is impressive nonetheless.I find this period of the 1100s an interesting one Here we see the latter days of Henry I followed by the reign of King Stephen Throughout the narrative there s Henry s daughter and Stephen s cousin and sometimes lover Matilda, one of the most arrogant royal woman in history The love hate relationship between Stephen and Matilda serves as the novel s backbone, which works well on the most part, though at times it becomes too repetitive in its nature The amount of times one of the other states how they should ve been married, or ponders how different things would be had they been married, is so overdone that it grew to irritate me.Similarly, Henry s regular reference to the sinking of the White Ship that cost his son s life becomes tedious As much as I like this author, if I had to pick one fault in her writing in general it would be her repetition of certain themes throughout all her novels.But apart from the above negative comments this story proved engaging Think my favourite character has to be another Matilda for there are several namely the one who became Stephen s queen She enters the tale as a meek background figure but when her and the king s backs are against the wall she develops into someone quite formidable I also liked Stephen himself and Robert of Gloucester Although it was impossible to like the arrogant Empress Matilda, she is a fascinating personality, and her two methods of escaping capture may be compared to the best episodes in the average adventure story This third in the trillergy was a good read focusing on the later life of Henry I and the love hate relationship which led to and continued throughout the period of anarchy as Eing Stephen and Emporess Matilda vied for the thrown.In this novel I did notice quite a few points and statements repeated regularly throughout and at times this felt laboured I would say of all the books it felt most drawn out with less material behind the novel, if it had been a shorter novel I think this would have be This third in the trillergy was a good read focusing on the later life of Henry I and the love hate relationship which led to and continued throughout the period of anarchy as Eing Stephen and Emporess Matilda vied for the thrown.In this novel I did notice quite a few points and statements repeated regularly throughout and at times this felt laboured I would say of all the books it felt most drawn out with less material behind the novel, if it had been a shorter novel I think this would have been an improvement.I am looking forward to continuing into Plaidy s Plantagenet series soon DISCOVER A LOST CLASSIC IN PLAIDY S SCINTILLATING NORMAN SERIESThis Is The Third And Final Book In The Norman Trilogy And Tells The Story Of The Last Days Of The Reign Of Henry I His Son And Wife Are Dead, And Henry Hastily Remarries A Woman Than Thirty Years His Junior In The Hope Of Producing A Male Heir And Securing The SuccessionIf He Fails, The Throne Will Pass To Matilda, And Henry Fears That His Nobles Will Not Willingly Serve A Woman But After His Death This Feckless Daughter Becomes The Focus Of A Line Of Would Be Kings And Soon The Country Is Plunged Into A Bitter Civil War That Only A Child Can UndoJean Plaidy, By The Skilful Blending Of Superb Storytelling And Meticulous Attention To Authenticity Of Detail And Depth Of Characterisation Has Become One Of The Country S Most Widely Read Novelists Sunday TimesFull Blooded, Dramatic, Exciting ObserverPlaidy Excels At Blending History With Romance And Drama New York TimesOutstanding Vanity Fair Incredibly melodramatic and occasionally unintentionally hilarious in its depiction of the relationship between Stephen and Matilda as they circle warily but obsessively about each other and the throne Plaidy is usually reliable on her history but two legends are woven into the fabric of the story that of her first husband faking his death, thereby casting doubt on Matilda s marriage to Geoffrey of Anjou and that of Stephen and Matilda s relationship I could have bought into both had they be Incredibly melodramatic and occasionally unintentionally hilarious in its depiction of the relationship between Stephen and Matilda as they circle warily but obsessively about each other and the throne Plaidy is usually reliable on her history but two legends are woven into the fabric of the story that of her first husband faking his death, thereby casting doubt on Matilda s marriage to Geoffrey of Anjou and that of Stephen and Matilda s relationship I could have bought into both had they been better handled There were glimpses of good writing and strong characterisation but these were lost I think in the rush to tell the story, cram all the history in and cover an enormous amount of ground This isn t the worst introduction to this period That said, for a deeper insight Sharon Penman s When Christ and His Saints Slept is a weightier tome inways than one, Ellis Peters uses the civil war as the background to her Cadfael novels and Helen Castor is excellent in She Wolves The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth in digging into the huge problems facing a potential Queen in an age when Sovereignty went hand in hand with war empress mathilda daughter of Henry I Beauclerc and grand daughter of Willia the Conqueror and the fight for the throne between her and her cousin Stephen de Blois I think I prefer Sharon Kay Penman s When Christ and all his saints slept to this book It was a good book but I found too much was crammed into the last 150 pages Sharon s book hasdetail into this civil war and the people involved than Jean does. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A bit of a throw away It includes the concept that Stephen and Matilda were in love and met waythan is possible, factually. The Passionate Enemies has a laughable jacket description Definitely leaning on the side of ridiculousness She was Matilda The arrogant, cold daughter of Henry I An empress, a woman who had worn out one aging husband, only to dominate her next, a mere boy, Geoffrey, first of the fiery Plantagenets Only one man had ever mattered to Matilda, ever since childhood He was her cousin He was married He was her true love He was her rival to the throne her enemy He was Stephen A man who The Passionate Enemies has a laughable jacket description Definitely leaning on the side of ridiculousness She was Matilda The arrogant, cold daughter of Henry I An empress, a woman who had worn out one aging husband, only to dominate her next, a mere boy, Geoffrey, first of the fiery Plantagenets Only one man had ever mattered to Matilda, ever since childhood He was her cousin He was married He was her true love He was her rival to the throne her enemy He was Stephen A man who used honey in a land of warriors, who sweetened whatever cup would toast his claim to the throne And the only obstacle in his path toward ruling all of England and Normandy was Henry s daughter, his own cousin, his one true love Forever to fight Forever to love, they were THE PASSIONATE ENEMIES.The Passionate Enemies falls into the so bad it s almost good group I definitely enjoyed The Bastard Kingthan this one This is the third book in the trilogy The middle book is The Lion of Justice Stephen and Matilda s love story begins in the second book Considering the fact that she left Henry I s court to marry when she was so very young at most 12 or 13 , there are so many creepy layers to this one NOT that I m saying The Passionate Enemies is creepier than say Flowers in the Attic That would be impossible The book begins with the tragedy of the White Ship Henry I loses his son and heir, William While Henry I has scores of illegitimate children, he has only one other legitimate child Matilda His first idea is, of course, to remarry and have a new son But after years of waiting for this new wife to conceive, he admits that it isn t to be He then decides that Matilda will be the one But can he convince a nation to be be ruled by a Queen Only time will tell Meanwhile, Stephen, is the ever hopeful nephew He wants his uncle to name him as heir He is desperate to be king If only he wasn t married to ANOTHER MATILDA, he would try to marry his cousin, Matilda By the way, the two Matilda s are cousins as well Life would be perfect if Matilda and Stephen could share the throne The reader is privileged to all of Stephen s daydreams about his cousin The battle between Stephen and Matilda begins after Henry I s deathThe book is readable I couldn t say I enjoyed it exactly It is so dramatic and ridiculous in places But it s never boring This is an ok ending to a series I would have liked to seeeffort on the character of Stephen I think he s an interesting king when it comes down to it Matilda is a woman who stands out The other characters in the book pull it together nicely, but it s lacking the spice of the first two. stick a fork in me stick a fork in me

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