Joan is the daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The story starts when Joan is 7 years old and sees her brothers and father fight over the kingdom. Her mother is held hostage during their conflict and Joan is conflicted on who to support. She loves her father and her brothers equally especially her brother Richard. As most women of that time Joan is a pawn in the conflict. She is given to William of Sicily as his bride when she is eleven. There’s is not a happy marriage and produces no children. After 15 years William dies leaving Joan a widow and childless. She goes on crusade with her brother Richard as companion to his wife. On Crusade she realizes how selfish and barbaric her brother is. After returning to France she again marries, this time for love.
I am intrigued by historical fiction based on true events and this time period is a fascinating one. However the book was boring and read more like a history text then a novel. The book was a lot of exposition on the battles and the conflicts of the time. Not a lot of time was spent on character development which was disappointing because the characters were fascinating. All of the characters came off as petty and war like. All they did was fight amongst themselves. I wish more time would have been spent on making this book interesting then making sure all the history was present.