Happy Friday Book Lovers! Today I’m excited to share my thoughts (as part of a blog blast) on The Revolt by Clara DuPont-Monod and translated from French by Ruth Diver.
It is with a soft voice, full of menace, that our mother commands us to overthrow our father . . .
Richard Lionheart tells the story of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In 1173, she and three of her sons instigate a rebellion to overthrow the English king, her husband Henry Plantagenet. What prompts this revolt? How does a great queen persuade her children to rise up against their father? And how does a son cope with this crushing conflict of loyalties?
Replete with poetry and cruelty, this story takes us to the heart of the relationship between a mother and her favourite son – two individuals sustained by literature, unspoken love, honour and terrible violence.
The Revolt begins with a great first line that really hooked me in to this story of an epic family feud, and of a formidable woman who was a feminist before there were even feminists.
I was completely and utterly lost in the beauty of the language of this piece of historical fiction and was utterly transfixed by the menace and sheer power commanded by Eleanor of Aquitaine.
This is a story of loyalty, cruelty and and honour and the relationship between a mother and her favourite son. Love, violence, volatility; The Revolt has it all and I’d really recommend it to anyone interested in this fascinating period of history.
Thank you to Corinna Zifko, Quercus Books and Maclehose Press for the invitation to the blog blast and for my gorgeous finished copy of the book. The Revolt is out now and you can buy it here
Until next time! Have a wonderful day!