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Jezebel by Eleanor De Jong
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Jezebel

by Eleanor De Jong

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This retelling of the Biblical story of Jezebel presents her in a more favourable light than that given in Kings I and II. Jezebel is Princess of Tyre and two embassies arrive at the same time, one from Judea and one from Israel. Jezebel falls in love with Jehu, a Judean prince, but is given in marriage to King Ahab of Israel for diplomatic reasons.

The timeline and events follow the Biblical story but the author has managed to present these things in a slightly different light. Naturally enough as the Old Testament is written from the point of view of its monotheistic religion but archaeology and other sources give us numerous gods in the region. Jezebel is not always likeable as a character but she does ring true and human. I did like this book and I will look out for more from Eleanor de Jong. ( )
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Salt spray glistened in the stallion's mane and stung Jezebel's cheeks.
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Set against the sweeping backdrop of the ancient Holy Land, Jezebel is a tale of love, loss and deceit - and one woman's struggle to survive in a land filled with rivals plotting her downfall...Her name is iconic. Her courage extraordinary. Her story remarkable. Jezebel, a young princess of Tyre is destined to be married to King Ahab of Israel. Yet she is determined to rule her own life and begins an illicit affair with Jehu, a visiting prince at court. Years pass and Jehu, unable to relinquish his love for Jezebel grows bitter and twisted. But he is unaware of Jezebel's greatest secret - that he is father to her eldest son Ahaziah, the heir to Israel's throne. With the King's health deteriorating, Jezebel gradually assumes control of Israel but hatred of her is spreading across the land, fanned by the prophet Elijah and his aide, the terrifying Elisha. As they plot her downfall, Jezebel must find her inner strength and fight for her beliefs against all odds. Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Holy Land comes an epic tale of one of the most courageous and controversial women of all time. Jezebel will enthral fans of The Red Tent and The Borgia Bride.
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Set against the sweeping backdrop of the ancient Holy Land, Jezebel is a tale of love, loss and deceit - and one woman's struggle to survive in a land filled with rivals plotting her downfall! Her name is iconic. Her courage extraordinary. Her story remarkable. Jezebel, a young princess of Tyre is destined to be married to King Ahab of Israel. Yet she is determined to rule her own life and begins an illicit affair with Jehu, a visiting prince at court. Years pass and Jehu, unable to relinquish his love for Jezebel grows bitter and twisted. But he is unaware of Jezebel's greatest secret -- that he is father to her eldest son Ahaziah, the heir to Israel's throne. With the King's health deteriorating, Jezebel gradually assumes control of Israel but hatred of her is spreading across the land, fanned by the prophet Elijah and his aide, the terrifying Elisha. As they plot her downfall, Jezebel must find her inner strength and fight for her beliefs against all odds. Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Holy Land comes an epic tale of one of the most courageous and controversial women of all time. Jezebel will enthral fans of The Red Tent and The Borgia Bride.… (more)

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