Medieval Historical Fiction Novel of the Week

Queen Without A Country by Rachel Bard

Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Literary Network; 2nd edition (June 1, 2001)
Average Customer Review on Amazon: 4 stars

From the Publisher:

In Queen Without A Country, readers journey through Spain, France, the Holy Land and England to trace the life of Berengaria, the Basque princess who married Richard the Lionheart of England. Yet, fate never permitted Berengaria to set foot in the land of which she was queen. Almost ignored by history, she steps out of the darkness and into a light of new understanding in this evocative novel.

From the Inside Flap, Preface:

Queen Without A Country is a historical novel about Berengaria, daughter of Sancho VI, King of Navarre, and wife of Richard I, King of England. The major events and characters in the book are based on historical record, with one exception: Pierre Savary. We know when and where he lived, that Berengaria was acquainted with him and that he gave her the rights to the town of Montbazon and its revenues. However, his subsequent relationship with the Queen is based on hints in the archival records, including one historians testimony that “he remained devoted to her throughout his life.”

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