A Lady Crowned with FLEUR-DE-LYS A HISTORICAL NOVEL
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about the BOOK

A Lady Crowned with Fleurs-de-lysA Lady Crowned with Fleurs-de-lys is a historical fiction about the life of Isabelle of Bavaria, also known as Elisabeth of Bavaria-Ingolstadt. Isabelle, a German Duchy of Bavaria, was married to King Charles the VI.

Her beauty and demeanor enchanted the people of France. Later on, King Charles VI developed a serious and chronic mental illness that made the kingdom unstable. With the simmering war between France and England at bay, the monarch is challenged and the drama unfolds.

With the death of King Charles the VI. Queen Isabella finds herself possessing a power that no queen in France ever had. Several parties attack her character and reputation that ultimately led to her imprisonment and banishment from the kingdom.

The story is intricately weaved with the political struggle of the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Europe and how a woman shaped a part of this history.

A Lady Crowned with FLEUR-DE-LYS A HISTORICAL NOVEL

Readers’ Reactions

Betty K. QuigleyAmazon customer

“I was afraid I could not keep up, however the author did an excellent job in writing and I . . . enjoyed the book.”

Ruth HarrisonAmazon customer

The novel draws its authenticity from the author’s solid grasp of history; it draws its energy from the story of a strong female leader in a man’s world of war, intrigue, and all too frequent destruction.”

Anne Collins

“A refreshing take on a female leader caught in a historically complex time, a good depiction of a woman’s struggle for power in a male dominated and patriarchal monarch.”

Amelia Rogers

about the AUTHOR

Amelia Rogers grew up in Italy, where her fascination for classical literature, European history, and linguistics began. After attending Lycée, she pursued higher studies in Cambridge, England, and Geneva, Switzerland. Her in-depth knowledge with classical linguistics and European history weren’t only learned inside the four walls of a classroom. She travelled extensively, especially around Europe and the Middle East. She taught linguistics, history, and literature at a local college in Massachusetts for a decade.

A Lady Crowned with FLEUR-DE-LYS A HISTORICAL NOVEL
Available at the following online retailers: LitFire PublishingAmazonBarnes and Noble

Excerpts

Elizabeth was standing next to her mother and though she was barely twelve, she was as tall as Taddea. The two women looked a lot like each other, but if Elizabeth had inherited the Visconti dark hair and eyes, she resembled the Wittelsbach in her more robust figure and creamy complexion. Her face was round, her mouth large and fleshy, her nose too wide to make her beautiful, but there was mischievousness in her eyes, warmth in her smile that added attraction to her features. The way she bore herself, too, very erect and proud, made her look taller than she was.


The bells of Paris filled the luminous October air with a slow, sorrowful sound. Charles of Valois, the mad King was dead and his people, in Paris and in the most remote corners of his country mourned for him. They loved their sovereign, even if his long malady had precipitated France into an abyss of war, famine and destruction.


Once again the Queen’s name came to the people’s lips and the tone of their voices was angry, contemptuous. “It’s Isabeau’s fault,” they would say. “It’s her, the German woman . . . God is punishing us for her sins. We bore too long with her greediness, her lust, her lewdness; God will bear with us no more . . .”

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