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The Queen's Choice Some queens of England are much better known and have been written about muchoften than others I think it s fair to say that Joanna of Navarre is not one of them As Henry IV s second wife, Joanna or Joan as she is sometimes known , doesn t seem to get a lot of attention as far as historical fiction is concerned Anne O Brien s new novel, The Queen s Choice, is the first book I ve read with Joanna as the main character.As the novel opens in 1396, Joanna is the wife of John, Duke of Britt Some queens of England are much better known and have been written about muchoften than others I think it s fair to say that Joanna of Navarre is not one of them As Henry IV s second wife, Joanna or Joan as she is sometimes known , doesn t seem to get a lot of attention as far as historical fiction is concerned Anne O Brien s new novel, The Queen s Choice, is the first book I ve read with Joanna as the main character.As the novel opens in 1396, Joanna is the wife of John, Duke of Brittany While she doesn t love her husband, who is much older than herself, they have had several children together and their marriage is not an unhappy one To the court of Brittany comes Henry Bolingbroke, having been banished from England by his cousin Richard II, and Joanna is given a brief taste of the love and passion which has so far been missing from her life.Three years later, things have changed Henry has returned to England, taken the crown from Richard and imprisoned him in Pontefract Castle, while Joanna herself is now a widow and acting as regent of Brittany on behalf of her young son When Henry sends one of his men, Thomas de Camoys, to approach Joanna about the possibility of a marriage alliance, she must make the difficult decision to leave her sons and her regency behind and come to England as Henry s queen.I won t say muchabout the plot, because I m sure future readers will prefer to watch the rest of Joanna s story unfold for themselves What I will say is that the marriage between Joanna and Henry takes place fairly early in the novel after this, the focus is on their attempts to make their relationship work which is not always an easy task Although their marriage is portrayed as a love match it seems that there could be some historical evidence to support this , they are both proud people and a lack of communication sometimes causes misunderstandings After Henry s death in 1413, Joanna s life takes adramatic turn during the reign of her stepson, Henry V.I knew almost nothing about Joanna of Navarre before reading this book, but what little I did know was negative It seems that she was greatly disliked by the English people because of her strong connections with France and Brittany at a time when hostilities between England and France were ever present Her unpopularity and how she felt about it is covered in the novel and sometimes her pride and unwillingness to take advice are frustrating but Joanna is also given lots of good qualities and I liked her overall There were times when I felt she reacted to certain situations in the way I would expect a modern day woman to react rather than a medieval one, but otherwise I thought she was a believable and strongly drawn character.I may have had very little prior knowledge of Joanna, but I didn t know much about Henry IV either and it was good to have the opportunity to learnabout him from this book Henry only ruled England for fourteen years but his reign was an unsettled one as well as the threat from overseas, he faced rebellions in Wales and in Northumberland, and rumours surrounding the death of his cousin Richard II, said to have been starved to death in captivity Although The Queen s Choice is set several decades before the conflict we know as the Wars of the Roses, we can see how it has its beginnings here, with tensions between rival branches of the family of the late King Edward III Henry s claim to the throne coming through the Lancaster line.This is the third book I ve read by O Brien the other two are The Forbidden Queen the story of Katherine of Valois and The King s Sister Elizabeth of Lancaster and I have enjoyed them all I ll look forward to finding out who will be the subject of her next novel This is one dynamic book Anne O Brien s The Queen s Choice I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end Now that I am back from Italy last night , I finished this gripping book this morning, and Joanna of Navarre, 2nd wife of Henry IV of England, is quite a fascinating figure She led an intriguing life for a Medieval woman, duchess, queen This is a difficult book to put down Beautifully done, Ms O Brien 4 1 2 stars. Review originally published here of Navarre is one of ourforgotten queens as Henry IV s second wife, she bore no children and thus seemed to drop out of the historical radar The only thing I knew about her before I read this book was that her stepson had accused her of trying to kill him after the death of his father and had her imprisoned for several years Despite the tendency for authors of historical fiction to be drawn to feisty wom Review originally published here of Navarre is one of ourforgotten queens as Henry IV s second wife, she bore no children and thus seemed to drop out of the historical radar The only thing I knew about her before I read this book was that her stepson had accused her of trying to kill him after the death of his father and had her imprisoned for several years Despite the tendency for authors of historical fiction to be drawn to feisty women I hate that word, it s only ever applied to women and it s so patronising , making Joanna of Navarre likeable is no easy task.The novel picks up with Joanna companionably married to her first husband, the Duke of Brittany Having borne the necessary heirs, theirs is a relationship of amicable convenience and atthan twenty years Joanna s senior, the Duke isof a mentor figure than a lover According to chronicles, a friendship sprung up between Joanna and Henry during his exile abroad at the pleasure of Richard II and this is what the author picks up on here O Brien depicts the dutiful Joanna as a woman glimpsing at the possibilities of passion adultery is firmly off the cards but there is a spikiness to her interactions with Henry that mean that the reader knows almost before she does that there is a spark between the two.I remember hearing an interview with a writer of Mills and Boon stories who explained that she tended to either make her heroine a virgin or as near to it as possible, to emphasise the drama of her discovery of physical pleasure at the hands of the romantic hero This is a notable pattern in much of historical romance too Joanna makes much of the physical pleasure she experiences with Henry when they are finally united it is this which has chiefly drawn her to him Joanna left her position as Regent for her son, her position amongst her children all of it to move to a foreign land She actually gave it all up for a man.In our post feminist world we most definitely do still need feminism , it is interesting to read of a woman embracing passion over work All too often authors of historical fiction attempt to transplant contemporary feminist s into a world that had yet to understand them but here the reverse is almost true Certainly if I heard of a friend who was about to abandon her children, leave her job and move to a different country, I would at the very least encourage her to have a good think before she did so Yet that is what Joanna did, she upped sticks and she left and when she got there, she became one of England s most unpopular queens due to her lavish spending and habits of hiring only her fellow expatriates.Another way in which The Queen s Choice breaks the mold is the way in which O Brien embraces the fact that Joanna s life did not turn out as she might have planned I had previously noted that one of her earlier novels, The Virgin Widow dodges the fact that its central character and her child died young and what became of her husband There is none of the same footwork with this novel Joanna and Henry had no children of their own, many of her offspring with her late husband died young, her stepchildren were not fond of her Her marriage to Henry was marred by difficulties in communication and political disagreements their love was true but the times were not Henry dies young and leave her to make her own way there is so much death Joanna transparently does not make things easy for herself, being unprepared for what her choice has given her a life subordinate to Henry.As her step son turns against her, Joanna becomes bitter and angry with her lot, her reduced circumstances as she is imprisoned, ignored, set up as a traitor Her own lack of personal popularity means that she has few to fight her corner and her furious tirades are understandable but do not make her any softer of a character The finest moment of the novel comes however when Joanna s long standing friend persuades her that since she cannot change her circumstance, her best option is to accept them To make peace with her self and those around her To me, I found this message startlingly beautiful it is so easy for authors to create iconoclastic Mary Sues who challenge the status quo and win back what is their due but here, Anne O Brien draws out a less anachronistic and farbelievable other option.Women had few choices in the medieval world Joanna s choice might be seen as an unfortunate one, but it only becomes less so by her own attitude towards it There must have been scores upon scores of medieval women in her situation betrayed by a system that robbed them of their wealth, their rights even the rights over their own bodies They could not rebel The odds were never in their favour In those situations, the only choice left is to go easy on yourself It is not a joyous ending those all too often did not fit but it is a positive one, to emphasise that even for a strong woman like Joanna, this limited life did not have to be one of misery if she chose not to let it be It s 1399 When Joanna of Navarre s husband dies she gets to rule over Brittany temporarily until her oldest son is grown up She has a luxurious life and is an influential woman Her husband always liked the English and because of him Joanna meets Henry IV, the man who s going to be king of England They have a connection and he asks her to be his wife Joanna would become queen of England if she accepts, but she has to give up a lot if she decides to marry Henry She would have to leave her ho It s 1399 When Joanna of Navarre s husband dies she gets to rule over Brittany temporarily until her oldest son is grown up She has a luxurious life and is an influential woman Her husband always liked the English and because of him Joanna meets Henry IV, the man who s going to be king of England They have a connection and he asks her to be his wife Joanna would become queen of England if she accepts, but she has to give up a lot if she decides to marry Henry She would have to leave her home, her country and family behind and also her influence It s a difficult choice to make, especially since she has no idea what lies ahead.Joanna of Navarre has to make a difficult choice She has to leave everything she knows behind to move to England if she wants to marry king Henry IV In 1399 kings are quickly succeeding each other There s always a war going on and life at the court is pretty uncertain That s the climate in which Joanna has to live her life She s strong, she s courageous and she s stubborn She and Henry have that in common, which makes them an intriguing pair I love how brave Joanna is Her best feature is that she can admit it when she makes a mistake I liked that a lot about her She s an amazing main character for a book and I enjoyed reading about her life very much I greatly admire how Anne O Brien writes about influential women from the past She makes them come to life very well and her stories are always interesting She also has a beautiful and expressive writing style Her stories are impressive and they manage to captivate me from beginning to end Joanna doesn t have an easy character and sometimes she makes things difficult for herself It was fascinating to read about her inner battles I think Anne O Brien wrote about her in such a brilliant way The story is fantastic and the proud character of Joanna makes an admirable heroine I highly recommend this book Joanna of Navarre is not someone who has leapt to mind in the past as to be honest a lot of attention is always given to the men that wear the crown and not the women they are married to It was interesting to read about her life, although I know some artistic licence is used but when it is written so compellingly it s worth the reading It s a hefty tome at 549 pages, but if you are a book addict like myself it won t be a problem.Henry IV and Joanna of Navarre is written as a love match between Joanna of Navarre is not someone who has leapt to mind in the past as to be honest a lot of attention is always given to the men that wear the crown and not the women they are married to It was interesting to read about her life, although I know some artistic licence is used but when it is written so compellingly it s worth the reading It s a hefty tome at 549 pages, but if you are a book addict like myself it won t be a problem.Henry IV and Joanna of Navarre is written as a love match between the two, but the story as a whole is muchthan that It tells of Henry s insecurities as a King who meets opposition on every front because of deposing Richard II His decision to marry a French bride was not popular too considering the hostilities between England and France at the time You have to wonder if it was indeed a love match because Joanna left most of her children behind to cross the sea and marry a king with little or no benefit to herself or her husband to be.Their marriage is littered with insecurities and concealment and others who would depose the new king At times, Joanna does come off a little whiney at her lot in life But she seems to gather true strength when she has to battle through life alone The book charts her marriage to an older husband who subsequently dies and her journey to England to be with Henry as his wife and Queen of England She gives up much to be with him Her role is muchuncertain once Henry dies and she is once again a widow.The attention to detail and feeling of being in the period is felt through the words and love of the history of the author I have read several other Anne O Brien books and they are always a good read Received through GoodReads First Reads thank you.Having read historical novels and non fiction for years I was pleased to receive this I knew of Joanna of Navarre but little if anything of her life So I was looking forward to being informed of Joanna the woman and her relationship to the historical background of her time But I was disappointed on a number of points Anything of historic interest happens off page we are told what s happened rather than witnessing it for ourselves We see l Received through GoodReads First Reads thank you.Having read historical novels and non fiction for years I was pleased to receive this I knew of Joanna of Navarre but little if anything of her life So I was looking forward to being informed of Joanna the woman and her relationship to the historical background of her time But I was disappointed on a number of points Anything of historic interest happens off page we are told what s happened rather than witnessing it for ourselves We see life only from Joanna s point of view, messengers or letters bring news There is a political naivety about her Her feelings are stretched out and everything seems to be a big drama to her There is something lacking in the writing It doesn t flow Joanna makes a reference or statement to an event or person, but then we are given the background of that event it jars rather than following on When she is told she is to lose her Breton servants when she is the English Queen, although she is outraged we, as readers, don t feel for her because we ve not seen any closeness with them They are, with the exception of two of her women, anonymous to us O Brien misses an opportunity here to create ahuman side of Joanna It s a romance of Joanna and Henry IV of England but not until he is ill and dying does the romance become real and touching The tag line is somewhat misleading I was expecting heart rending decisions throughout the book about the painful decision of leaving her children, but again readers are only shown rather shadowy named children, and although she is able to bring her daughters to England she has very little to do with them.I would like to readby Anne O Brien I m sure she s published better novels than this The problem with writing about Joanna of Navarre is that we actually know very little about her I was very disappointed by The Queen s Choice There s a reason I read historical fiction rather than history textbooks I like to see the parts that fall between the lines, the emotions, the thoughts, the day to day actions even if they are authorial supposition From O Brien s work, I expected a read that would be easy and probably a bit romantic Not a serious read, but a fun one I didn t get it The Queen s Choice takes a potentially fascinating character a woman with a lot of power duri I was very disappointed by The Queen s Choice There s a reason I read historical fiction rather than history textbooks I like to see the parts that fall between the lines, the emotions, the thoughts, the day to day actions even if they are authorial supposition From O Brien s work, I expected a read that would be easy and probably a bit romantic Not a serious read, but a fun one I didn t get it The Queen s Choice takes a potentially fascinating character a woman with a lot of power during a time in which women had precious little and portrays her as self centred and dull We skip months and years with little to note the passing and only really see Joanna when Henry is present or she is wishing for his presence, as if she only existed in his sphere of influence Surely she had thoughts and did things when he wasn t there Not every action in a novel has to be momentous We should have seen her talking to her ladies or writing letters, having visitors, missing her children Anything to add some meat to the bones.The characterisation is flat and events are vague On starting The Queen s Choice, I was excited to get to know a character I d never even heard of I don t know Joanna of Navarre any better now This book is not recommended The relatively unknown story of Henry IV s Queenromance than history but nevertheless entertaining. France,The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowessThen comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England The price of becoming his Queen Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence Henry s hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no one not even his new Queen Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states if they will allow itOne question Two paths A choice that will make history [Read] ➬ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas By Paul W. Zitzewitz – Kleankitchen.co.uk Joanna of Navarre ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Beautiful Disruption Author G.G. 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