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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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine,, and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

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