A Bittersweet Tale of Love, Loss, and the Power of Royalty
When Roger Bigod arrives at King Henry II's court to settle a bitter inheritance dispute, he becomes enchanted with Ida de Tosney, young mistress to the powerful king. A victim of Henry's seduction and the mother of his son, Ida sees in Roger a chance to begin a new life. But Ida pays an agonizing price when she leaves the king, and as Roger's importance grows and he gains an earldom, their marriage comes under increasing strain. Based on the true story of a royal mistress and the young lord she chose to marry, For the King's Favor is Elizabeth Chadwick at her best.
This was the first book by Elizabeth Chadwick I have had the privileged to read. Ms. Chadwick's work is beautiful, it reminds me why I love historical fiction in the first place. Most of my historical fiction reading background has been on King Arthur or Henry the 8th...some pretty popular guys, it was really nice to break away from my usual comfort zone and learn something new.
I like the characters in this book, usually historical fiction focuses on certain things, in books on certain European history the book usually revolves around a war or a ruler...this book had a nice twist and focused on something different. I know nothing about this period in history so I could not tell you if her historical data is correct but it seemed plausible enough from just the reading, which is a very important aspect of historical fiction.
I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for many more books by Ms. Chadwick.
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