JUDITH OF FRANCE by Margaret Leighton
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A compelling historical novel built around the granddaughter of Charlemagne. Beautiful Judith, fated to bring destruction, wrests peace out of as romantic a combination as possible. Married at 18 to the aging King of England, she becomes the object of suspicion, distrust and the cause for marshalling of arms by the king's handsome young son. Judith, by unparallelled physical courage, manages peace between father and sons. At the death of the King she is forced to marry his hawk-like young son, and amid colorful circumstances, is rescued from a dire fate by her countryman. Vikings, storms, the wrath of a foiled, bitter father, the machinations of a villainous uncle, high politics, and ultimately the blessings of the Pope are preludes to the enjoyment of her faithful love. A girl who is a natural for an adult novel is exciting even out down to this canvas. France-England- a dangerous trip to Rome background this story set in 856 A.D.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1948
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin