According to the Goodreads description of this book:
“This novel exemplifies historical fiction at its best; the author’s meticulous research and polished style bring the medieval world into vibrant focus. Set during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), the narrative creates believable human beings from the great roll of historical figures. Here are the mad Charles VI, the brilliant Louis d’Orleans, Joan of Arc, Henry V, and, most importantly, Charles d’Orleans, whose loyalty to France brought him decades of captivity in England. A natural poet and scholar, his birth and rank thrust him into the center of intrigue and strife, and through his observant eyes readers enter fully into his colorful, dangerous times. First published in the Netherlands in 1949, this book has never been out of print there and has been reprinted 15 times.”
As a lover of historical fiction, In a Dark Wood Wandering comes as close to perfection as it gets. Reminiscent of Sharon Kay Penman, Hella Haasse presents history with memorable characters and an engrossing story. I loved every minute of it and was sad when I came to the last page.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1949
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