The Empress Of The Last Days (Paperback)Jane Stevenson (author)
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The Empress of the Last Days is the final volume of the remarkable trilogy that began with Astraea and The Pretender. A group of friends, Corinne, Theodoor and Michael, bring together their talents and knowledge to uncover the hidden story of Pelagius's royal marriage. As a result of their investigations, Michael finds himself journeying to Barbados, to meet the last descendant of the marriage of Pelagius and Elizabeth of Bohemia - a young black scientist who, unknown to herself, has a serious claim to be considered the rightful queen of England.
In this impressively far-reaching novel, Stevenson considers the transformative moments in people's lives and, in doing so, creates a paean to love, trust and history.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
Jane Stevenson's touch is so light, her learning so deep and wide, that you enter another country which, while foreign, soon feels as familiar as your own * Daily Telegraph *
The Empress of the Last Days is a detective story and an account of 'a game of snakes and ladders for young academics', but it is also a novel of ideas...it's refreshing to read an accessible fiction that races at serious themes with its horns lowered * Observer *
Stevenson deftly strikes a balance between lush romanticism and cool contemporary realism * Sunday Times *
Stevenson is excellent at historical detail and on relationships in history...she has whetted our appetite for more delicious tastes from the past * Scotsman *
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