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Author: Sophie Perinot
ISBN: 0451235703
Language: English
Pages: 528 pages
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
Rating: 4.6
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Sophie Perinot received her BA in History from the College of Wooster and her law degree from Northwestern University. The Sister Queens is Perinot’s debut novel, and she did a great job, bringing us a captivating book. Perinot is a true artisan

Sophie Perinot received her BA in History from the College of Wooster and her law degree from Northwestern University. She is an active member of the Historical Novel Society and lives in Virginia. Perinot is a true artisan. She has done more than just write a novel.

People have been wont to tell us since infancy how different we are. But in truth, Marguerite, when compared to those not of our blood, we are more alike than different. ing of each other’s faults. Whatever part you may have played in the marriage of our sister Beatrice, it is forgiven. Can you forgive likewise my stubborn obstinacy in neglecting you for so long? I have been foolish, but I have learned from my error.

In her debut novel, The Sister Queens, Sophie Perinot breathes life into two of history’s most fascinating siblings. What Philippa Gregory did for Anne and Mary Boleyn, Perinot has done for Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence. This is without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read all year!

In her debut novel, The Sister Queens, Sophie Perinot breathes life into two of history’s most fascinating siblings. This is without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read all year! -Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud. Ms. Perinot, who seems like a very seasoned author, not someone presenting a debut work, has quite clearly put in the sort of exquisite attention to detail that resonates so deeply with true historical fiction lovers.

Sophie Perinot writes historical fiction. See if your friends have read any of Sophie Perinot's books. Her debut novel, The Sister Queens, (2012 NAL/Penguin) was set in 13th century France and England. The Sister Queens weaves the captivating story of medieval sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, who both became queens – their lifelong friendship, their rivalry, and their reigns. Perinot's novel, Medicis Daughter, (2015 Thomas Dunne/St. Martin) is set three-hundred years later-at intrigue-riven 16th century French Valois court.

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My name is Sophie Perinot, and I am a multi-published novelist

My name is Sophie Perinot, and I am a multi-published novelist. I have three grand passions – writing, family, and history. Six bestselling and award-winning authors, including Sophie Perinot, bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers-six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution.

The Sister Queens - Sophie Perinot. This is the type of book I am constantly looking for in the historical fiction genre, and rarely seem to stumble across; it's very engaging from the outset, it's lively to read with actualized characters in stead of cardboard historical cutouts, and it's mostly, somewhat accurate. Sophie Perinot may indeed be a first-time author, but you certainly wouldn't know that from reading her debut novel. The Sister Queens tells the captivating and contrasting stories of two proud sisters from Savoy and I was never bored reading about these two fascinating and strong women.

About The Sister Queens. Patient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. Sophie Perinot received her BA in History from the College of Wooster and her law degree from Northwestern University. But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves. Can she borrow enough of her sister’s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love? Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Henry III is a good man, but not a good king.

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Like most sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor were rivals.  They were also queens. Raised at the court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages--but never truly parted.Patient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves. Can she borrow enough of her sister's boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love? Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Henry III is a good man, but not a good king. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away? The Sister Queens is historical fiction at its most compelling, and is an unforgettable first novel.
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Xlisiahal
The Sister Queens is a historical fiction novel set in 13th century France and England. This novel tells us the story of Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, sisters who both married kings and became queens. Marguerite married King Louis IX of France and became Queen of France, while Eleanor married King Henry III of England and became Queen consort of England. Marguerite and Eleanor corresponded regularly and maintained a close friendship throughout their lives. They both lived through some major events and helped influence their spouses and their countries.

Full of romance, drama, adventure, danger, and political intrigue, The Sister Queens – based on a true story - is a fascinating tale of two sisters who had to navigate the murky waters of growing up, marriage, and politics. The Sister Queens is Perinot’s debut novel, and she did a great job, bringing us a captivating book. Perinot is a true artisan. She has done more than just write a novel. Using her words, she has woven a rich tapestry telling us the story of two women history does not often speak of. We ride with them the roller coaster of emotions on which life takes them. We feel the joy of births and triumphs, the fear of loved ones struck deathly ill and of danger on the Crusades, the heartache when death steals the souls of beloved family members, the anger of betrayal, the contentment of the security of the love of a good man, and so much more.

I loved this book. I love reading historical fiction about women, and I especially love a well-done historical fiction about women I haven’t heard much about before, and The Sister Queens definitely fits that bill. Perinot does a good job walking the line between history and fiction and combining the two while staying true to the actual people, as well as making the characters come alive, making them 3-dimensional and complex. It all made me want to go learn more about both Eleanor and Marguerite, which is a win in my book (haha). I also enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end explaining some of the choices Perinot made in her story telling, and providing clarifications on things she changed or fabricated. I always love when a historical fiction author includes that info. As debut novels go, I’d put this up there at the top of my list of “Hit it out of the ballpark”.
Nettale
Perinots book leaves me wanting more. It is like taking leave of a good friend. You don't want to go, you don't want to finish. The emotions the book evokes are real and the characters highly believable. After passing the first few chapters of the book and delving into the different queen's lives, it was hard (next to impossible) to put the book down. It was not always detailed in certain historical incidents, but always clear and thorough with characters and their behaviors.
I do very much enjoy historical fiction and have been a fan of Philippa Gregory's for years. This book was of certainly close if not equal to the stories that she weaves. Overall, for an enjoyable and insightful read into the events of the ladies of Provence as queens this is a must read.
Yozshujind
I really enjoyed this novel of the 'Sister Queens' of France and England. I was pleased to find that Eleanor was not portrayed in the truly horrible light that she is cast in other novels: most notably Jean Plaidy's 'The Queen from Provence'. Plaidy shows her as an evil, hated queen who is uncaring towards her husband Henry III, and manipulates him into granting her everything she wants. She even goes as far as to insinuate that Eleanor herself was the cause of the trouble leading to the English Civil War led by Simon de Montfort. However, in this novel, Eleanor is portrayed quite different. Although the story ends prior to the events of the rebellion, Eleanor is nonetheless shown to be a queen that, although she does have a love for material things, primarily places her children and her husband first. She loves her husband, and is a loyal wife. She is a devoted mother and strives to safeguard the inheritence of her first-born son Edward (later Edward I). Sophie Perinot has done a wonderful job of showing Eleanor's character in a much more well-rounded light, instead of casting her as completely black or white.
I also enjoyed reading of Marguerite. I am glad that Ms Perinot included in her author's note why exactly she wrote Marguerite's story the way she did (no spoilers here) as I always appreciate an author who can draw from history and create an absorbing and entertaining novel from it, whilst still showing awareness of what is real and what is not (or as is sometimes the case; what COULD be real).
Furthermore, through Marguerite's story the author has managed to create a very interesting portrait of Louis IX, later Saint Louis. Knowing that he was later to be created a saint made it all the more interesting to read this novel. Although a very pious man, he nonetheless had plenty of faults. Ms Perinot is very much showing Louis the man and not Louis the saint. I loved this perspective.
Considering how the novel switched back and forth between Eleanor and Marguerite, it was easy to read and not at all confusing. Often novels that switch both location and narrator so often can be a little disjointed, but that is not the case with this novel. It is very well-written, and held my attention till the very last page.