Matilda Empress by Lise Arin (Review by Jaime – #NerdGirlJay)

Title: Matilda Empress  

Author: Lise Arin 

Published Date: March 14th 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction


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Matilda, a 12th-century Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and daughter of Henry I, is twenty-four years old and a widow. She returns to inherit her father’s double realm of England and Normandy, but is promptly married against her will to Geoffrey, a minor continental nobleman. Absent from England at the time of her father’s death, Matilda loses her throne to her cousin, Stephen, despite their ongoing and secret love affair.

For almost twenty years, anarchy reigns throughout the empire, and their illicit passion fluctuates between hatred and obsession. The only hope is the Empress’s growing faith and their illegitimate son, whose rightful claim to the English throne could finally halt the bloody, endless war.

In the vein of Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl, Matilda Empress illuminates the real history of the early English monarchs, while exploring what is at stake when a strong woman at the center of great upheaval refuses to play by the rules laid out for her.


***Adult Warning – Caution Advised For Younger Teenagers***
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***Jaime – #NerdGirlJay’s  Review***
If you are a historical fiction fan, you don’t want to miss this book. The old English style of writing takes a bit to get into, but if you stick with it, you will not regret it. It is a fantastic story.

The story is about Matilda, who comes in to the throne at a very young age. Widowed by the age of 24 and forced to return to her father’s estate, she finds herself attracted to a man she cannot have. Matilda is treated like property and used as a pawn by the very people who are supposed to love and protect her. She has no idea who she can trust. It was a very intriguing read that grabs you.


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