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I live and work in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, a place few realise is steeped in history. Over the years, from boyhood to early sixties, I have travelled the county extensively. Only recently has its historical significance become apparent.
Quite by chance, in early 2009, I undertook a research project into the life of Eleanor (Fitzalan/de Arundel/Percy), the wife of Henry Percy, founder of the Percy dynasty at Alnwick in Northumberland. Henry and Eleanor never made the move northwards, choosing to remain at their home at Leconfield in the heart of the East Riding. As I read about Eleanor's life in the 13th and 14th centuries, mysteries began to unfold. So fascinated did I become with this little known lady that I was drawn to express my understanding of her in the form of a novel. Eleanor - a requiem was born.
This quiet corner of England was not always so quiet ...
on April 16, 2013 :
As a fan of historical novels I found Eleanor - a requiem a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read.
Some of the descriptives were a bit wordy and initially got close to obscuring the plot, but overall the book was well written and maintained my interest throughout.
Although I am not too familiar with the 14 century I felt that the book was well researched and it gave me a fascinating insight into the period.
The plot was very interesting from the start and once I got into the story I found it hard to put down. The unravelling of events and the development of the characters maintained my interest throughout.
Overall an excellent first novel and I'm now looking forward to reading the next.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)