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Love, turmoil, and war.... This is the story of Joan de Geneville, wife to one of England's most infamous traitors: Roger Mortimer. After the death of her father in 1292, Joan becomes one of the greatest English Heiress of her generation. In a time when women are subservient, she is raised by her mother to command. Educated by her tutors, she becomes a formidable woman in Love, turmoil, and war.... This is the story of Joan de Geneville, wife to one of England's most infamous traitors: Roger Mortimer. After the death of her father in 1292, Joan becomes one of the greatest English Heiress of her generation. In a time when women are subservient, she is raised by her mother to command. Educated by her tutors, she becomes a formidable woman in her own right. When Joan is married her husband's lust for power knows no bounds. She is forced to choose between her duty to her King and her loyalty to her husband. Book One of the Forgotten Women of History Series


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Love, turmoil, and war.... This is the story of Joan de Geneville, wife to one of England's most infamous traitors: Roger Mortimer. After the death of her father in 1292, Joan becomes one of the greatest English Heiress of her generation. In a time when women are subservient, she is raised by her mother to command. Educated by her tutors, she becomes a formidable woman in Love, turmoil, and war.... This is the story of Joan de Geneville, wife to one of England's most infamous traitors: Roger Mortimer. After the death of her father in 1292, Joan becomes one of the greatest English Heiress of her generation. In a time when women are subservient, she is raised by her mother to command. Educated by her tutors, she becomes a formidable woman in her own right. When Joan is married her husband's lust for power knows no bounds. She is forced to choose between her duty to her King and her loyalty to her husband. Book One of the Forgotten Women of History Series

30 review for Joan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    An interesting book about the wife of Roger Mortimer, Joan de Geneville and her life and times. It started off a bit wobbly but improved a great deal. Joan's early life and how she inherited from her grandparents was quite fascinating to me. Her Grandfather was Justiciar of Ireland, and one of my ancestors was also a Justiciar so I was intrigued. Her early life was a bit quiet but her marriage to Mortimer presumably was happy for many years, producing 12 living children. They were Marcher nobilit An interesting book about the wife of Roger Mortimer, Joan de Geneville and her life and times. It started off a bit wobbly but improved a great deal. Joan's early life and how she inherited from her grandparents was quite fascinating to me. Her Grandfather was Justiciar of Ireland, and one of my ancestors was also a Justiciar so I was intrigued. Her early life was a bit quiet but her marriage to Mortimer presumably was happy for many years, producing 12 living children. They were Marcher nobility, something that presumably went to Mortimer's head as he took more and more risks( the author skipped over that a bit) Roger Mortimer's relationship with Queen Isabella and the rising of the Marcher Lords against the King led to his downfall and eventual death. Joan, who had nothing to do with her husband's insurrection, lived in relative comfort after Edward III pardoned her. I have downloaded "The Lady Carey" and will read that,both happily were available to me through Prime Reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim Brown

    I read this book through Prime Reading on Kindle. The book sounded interesting, however I was a bit disappointed. I actually googled Joan to learn a bit more and to get my bearings. In really life, there is no information as to who she really was, other than a woman, who inherited vast wealth, lands and a title in her own right. I found fictional Joan to be wishy-washy and behaving in ways not really befitting a woman coming from an important family. I think she would have been stronger than por I read this book through Prime Reading on Kindle. The book sounded interesting, however I was a bit disappointed. I actually googled Joan to learn a bit more and to get my bearings. In really life, there is no information as to who she really was, other than a woman, who inherited vast wealth, lands and a title in her own right. I found fictional Joan to be wishy-washy and behaving in ways not really befitting a woman coming from an important family. I think she would have been stronger than portrayed. There are also passing references to historic events that indicate knowledge of this time period was lacking. I am glad I read it, if only to learn Joan existed and left a lasting legacy in history through her descendants.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine Cazeneuve

    Terrific I really liked it. I don't get hung up over dates and the like. Its historical fiction and I just want to be entertained while also learning something. Mission accomplished.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole-Rose

    Joan is one of those fill-in-the-blank historical narratives. I generally like my historical fiction heavy in the former and light in the latter, but Bailey does a good job at squarely staying in the realm of possibility and doesn't suffer from the fault of using an enigmatic character to soapbox her own agenda. Bailey's narrative of Joan's life might not be as dramatic as some historical novels, as Bailey keeps Joan detached from most of the major events of the story of Edward II (as she would Joan is one of those fill-in-the-blank historical narratives. I generally like my historical fiction heavy in the former and light in the latter, but Bailey does a good job at squarely staying in the realm of possibility and doesn't suffer from the fault of using an enigmatic character to soapbox her own agenda. Bailey's narrative of Joan's life might not be as dramatic as some historical novels, as Bailey keeps Joan detached from most of the major events of the story of Edward II (as she would have been). Also, this novel doesn't suffer from the issues that I've had with some of Bailey's others. I've always disliked Roger Mortimer, but this novel really solidified what he threw away in his quest to be recognized. An enjoyable read if you don't mind historical fiction that's heavy on the fiction.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cj

    This was a lovely book. I guess I didn’t know that if you were not on the direct line you were put in a nunnery. I loved it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Polina Blintsovskaya

    As a book, it is not horribly written and it is easy to follow. However, as a historical novel, it falls very short of providing any interesting insight into the historic personages that its about, and it feels like a shallow, one-dimensional, shelf romance-cheap quality. In real life, Roger Mortimer and Queen Isabella were larger-than-life, powerful, fascinating personages, yet Queen Isabella is mentioned only a handful of inconsequential times, and Roger's defining motivational trait is that h As a book, it is not horribly written and it is easy to follow. However, as a historical novel, it falls very short of providing any interesting insight into the historic personages that its about, and it feels like a shallow, one-dimensional, shelf romance-cheap quality. In real life, Roger Mortimer and Queen Isabella were larger-than-life, powerful, fascinating personages, yet Queen Isabella is mentioned only a handful of inconsequential times, and Roger's defining motivational trait is that he is a "slave to his selfish desires." I cannot imagine the book Roger accomplishing everything that the real-life Roger did. Also, a huge problem is the book's pacing. The historical events, Roger's disaffection with King Edward II, his subsequent partnership with Queen Isabella, rebellion, escape to France, and rise to and fall from power, are all rushed and crammed into the last 20% of the book, while the first 80% are all fodder telling about Roger's wife's upbringing and the early years of her marriage to Roger. The historic events merit an entire full-feature novel or even a series of novels, yet they are crammed in the last pages of the book almost like an afterthought, like the author had remembered at the last minute to insert the mention. It feels like a high school student attempting to summarize all the historical events in a history class assignment essay.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryle

    Strong women in 1300's England I knew little about this period of English history except stories about King Edward II and his favorite Gaveston, but the author brings it to life through the personal experiences of a minor English noble family who had three daughters and no sons to inherit vast estates in England and Ireland. Joan the eldest daughter is married at age sixteen to the immature son of a baron while the other two daughters are sent to convents to prevent them from marrying husbands wh Strong women in 1300's England I knew little about this period of English history except stories about King Edward II and his favorite Gaveston, but the author brings it to life through the personal experiences of a minor English noble family who had three daughters and no sons to inherit vast estates in England and Ireland. Joan the eldest daughter is married at age sixteen to the immature son of a baron while the other two daughters are sent to convents to prevent them from marrying husbands who could challenge Joan's hold on her dowry lands. The wheel of fortune makes many changes in this compelling historical read. I read this book through Kindle Unlimited.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky Buelt stockton

    Good but rushed at the end The early history was detailed, but the ending was so rushed it left lots of why questions. Left too many unanswered mysteries.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Not too bad... Joan was a good book. She was a likable character even if her husband was not. She had a happy family even without her happy ending.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vj

    Interesting This book elaborates on the wife & family of Roger Mortimer & is very interesting - a tale within a tale. I recommend. Interesting This book elaborates on the wife & family of Roger Mortimer & is very interesting - a tale within a tale. I recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Acid Drop

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    Sunny Bünger

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colin J Dennis

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue Emery

  16. 4 out of 5

    glenys halton

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diana Burd

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leona M. Boudin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Wheeler

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Scovil

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eye8pudding

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise Shannon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cristina M Vanderhyde

  25. 4 out of 5

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    Kathy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Greenberg

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tuesday Strange

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Linda

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra L. Sorensen

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