Fans of Sharon Kay Penman and Rebecca Gellis will love this fantastique medieval historical fiction novel with a romantic subplot that enhances the prime court-papal intrigue story line. Readers learn about the Catharism movement focusing on the principles of a Good God and an evil adversary; their tenet of no priests or buildings ultimately led to the Albigensian Crusade. Although Alaïs does nothing wrong on her quest to save her son, the sequel to THE CANTERBURY PAPERS remains overall an insightful thirteenth century thriller.
The Rebel Princess is a fast-paced historical mystery with plenty of suspense and intrigue. With every turn of the page there is the threat of bloodshed due to the rising conflict between the bishops and the Cathars. Healey does a fantastic job rendering the touching story of the intense bond between Alaïs and her son. Equally compelling is the exploration of Alaïs’s regret over the harsh parting words between her and William. I am looking forward to more in this series and hope that the love story between William and Alaïs unfolds even more. A very enjoyable read.
A rich, regal adventure to be savored and remembered. Though clearly anchored in the days of yore, the story is as compelling as a contemporary page-turner.
“Healey uses sumptuous detail to explore the courtly lives of spiritually frustrated medieval women.'”