Monday, August 11, 2014

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

The marital escapades of Joan of Kent

The critically acclaimed author of The King's Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.
But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king’s selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king’s own knights, one who has become a trusted friend and protector. Now she must defend her vow as the king—furious at Joan’s defiance—prepares to marry her off to another man. 
In A Triple Knot, Emma Campion brings Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent” to glorious life, deftly weaving details of King Edward III’s extravagant court into a rich and emotionally resonant tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.

Book Review

In A Triple Knot, author Emma Campion has successfully brought to life the early years of Joan Kent's life. Although the first two chapters of this novel were a little too heavy in backstory and the introduction of far too many names and characters, once I read past this slow beginning, the story started to build and truly captured my interest. The characters are majestically and realistically brought to life, as are the politics and court intrigues of King Edward III's court. Through clever dialogue and rich descriptions, Joan of Kent’s life takes center stage in a most compelling and believable way. 

Joan was recreated in an honorable way, showing either her great affection or great distate for her three husbands. Her plight as a pawn is poignant, especially when she risks all to follow her heart instead of her duty to England. And all this while she was in her early teens. Despite all the political minefields she must tread carefully through, Joan was a woman who remained true to herself. 

The author's depiction of Joan of Kent and those closest to her was nothing short of delightful. I highly recommend this novel! 

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