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This story is written as a journal by a very pious maid for the misguided Queen Isabelle, wife of Edward II. The historical content is some of the most accurate you will find. However, half the book is the psychological aspect of a very christian religious society. This is not a religious propaganda book it is simply a look at the contradictions of a society that allow the Queen to murder whomever she wants, including her husband the king. A queen who orders 4 and 6 year old children to be taken from their parents and locked away forever in a convent, forced to accept a christian training that is disturbing in the least. Yet the same society pay the religious leaders and devote everything to them. Some readers may not like the jumping back and forth between Cicely, the writer of the jourmal, with her interspective ruminations and the historical aspect. The historical aspect is very accurrate and interesting. I liked the book and will read more by this author. I recommend this to . . .

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The historical portion of this tale has been partially narrated in one of my previous volumes, “In All Time of our Tribulation,­” in which the Despenser story is begun, and its end told from another point of view. That volume left Isabelle of France at the height of her ambition, in the place to reach which she had been plotting so long and so unscrupulously. Here we see the Nemesis come upon her and the chief partner of her guilt; the proof that there is a God that judgeth in the earth. It is surely one of the saddest stories of history—sad as all stories are which tell of men and women whom God has endowed richly with gifts, and who, casting from them the Divine hand which would fain lift them up into the light of the Golden City, deliberately choose the pathway of death, and the blackness of darkness for ever. Few women have had grander opportunities given them than Isabelle for serving God and making their names blessed and immortal. She chose rather to serve self: and thereby . . .

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