Lady Macbeth : a novel

by King, Susan, 1951-

Format: Print Book 2008
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Summary
Susan Fraser King paints a fresh portrait of Queen Gruadt (Lady Macbeth) in this novel, set in Celtic Scotland. Surrounded by deadly conspiracies & political tumult, Gruadt emerges as a brave woman, maligned and misunderstood by history.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is not a retelling of Shakespeare's play but a retelling of Shakespeare's original source material. The novel follows Gruadh (here given the more appealing nickname of Rue) as she moves from being a pawn to a wife, a widow, a mother, and eventually, queen. Rue and Macbeth are both strong and intriguing characters, without being overly romanticized. Their relationship, born of necessity and grown into respect and a form of love, feels true to the time but easy for modern readers to relate to. Rue's quick change from hating to loving her first husband is a little harder to accept. The details of Scottish royal succession, and even Scottish naming practices, can be difficult for a casual reader to keep track of, but they are not integral to the plot. It is rare for a historical novel to present a strong, female character who does not feel anachronistic; this one succeeds.--Block, Marta Segal Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historical romance novelist King leaps into deeper historical waters with this captivating take on Lady Macbeth, who tells her side of the story with a forceful, uncompromising daring. Gruadh, the future Lady Macbeth and the daughter of 11th-century Scottish prince Bodhe, survives several kidnappings in her girlhood and, determined to uphold the traditions of fierce Celtic women warriors, learns how to fight. "Rue" meets Macbeth, whose royal blood is nearly as pure as hers, but her father marries her off to the warrior Gillecomgan, of whom she grows fond. Macbeth kills him during Rue's pregnancy and immediately marries her, as is his right as victor-and there soon prove to be many more compelling reasons for the match. As King Malcolm's tyranny causes unrest, the Macbeths embark on a bloody campaign to win over their countrymen. Based on historical evidence and recent theories of the era, this is an epic tale written in high-voltage prose. King's novel will thrill lovers of Shakespeare adaptations and delight anyone who wants to enjoy a ripping tale of love and ambition. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gruoch, -- Queen, consort of Macbeth, King of Scotland -- Fiction.
Macbeth, -- King of Scotland, -- active 11th century -- Fiction.
Queens -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Crown Publishers,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 340 pages : map ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780307341747
0307341747
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