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A Sword in Her Hand

by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem

Other authors: Pat van Beirs (Author)

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This book is loosely based on the first 15 years of Marguerite van Male's life, heiress to the County of Flanders and wife of Phillip, Prince of France. Whilst the book gives a wonderful insight into medieval life, I found that I never developed any empathy towards young Marguerite. I found her stubborn, rude and undisciplined, and her constant screaming tantrums totally irritating. The ending was unbelievable and ended abruptly so I hope the authors plan to write a sequel, although I have no intention of reading it. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
Based on the life of Marguerite van Male, daughter of the Count of Flanders, birthed by a witch, should have been a son for her father, is strong, not beautiful, and fearless. Her father hopes for a favourable marriage to strengthen Flanders but is frustrated with his wilful daughter. A novel that has been constructed around what little was known about this intriguing woman to create a great read. Translated into English ( )
  Leov | Aug 18, 2010 |
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Rijckeghem, Jean-Claude vanAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beirs, Pat vanAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nieuwenhuizen, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'Ja, ik hou wel degelijk van geschiedenis.'

'Ik wenste dat ik dat kon zeggen. Ik heb me er een beetje aan bezondigd uit plichtsbesef, maar geschiedenis wekt bij mij enkel ergernis op. Hondsmoe word ik ervan. Al die vetes tussen pausen en koningen, die ellenlange bladzijden vol oorlogen of pestilenties, die volkomen verdorven mannen die geen knip voor de neus waard zijn. En het ergste van dit alles is dat er nauwelijks vrouwen aan te pas komen. Eén grote, doffe ellende!'

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Dit boek is voor Marieke en Irene Rijckeghem Saartje en Bieke van Beirs
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De ridders van Vlaanderen en Brabant zullen de zuigeling trouw zweren aan de wieg.
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The Count of Flanders flies in a rage when his newborn child is not the expected male heir -- but a girl. Marguerite growing up under the disapproving eye of her heartless father learns to survive in the violent male world of the Middle Ages. Will she be able to resist the combined presure of politics, power and a foreign prince?… (more)

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