- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Quercus Publishing (26. Dezember 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1847247229
- ISBN-13: 978-1847247223
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,6 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 469.891 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Heretic Queen (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Dezember 2008
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Hugely enjoyable - Daily Express Daily Express A fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable! - Diana Gabaldon Diana Gabaldon
When Nefertari's entire family is killed in a fire, she's left to grow up alone, a spare princess in the palace of the new Pharaoh. Her young life is overshadowed by the past - the name of her infamous aunt, Nefertiti, the Heretic Queen, still strikes terror into the hearts of Egyptians. So, when she finds herself falling in love with the young Pharaoh, Ramesses, she knows it's not going to be easy to win his heart.But when the Pharaoh's aunt takes Nefertari under her wing and begins to educate her in the ways to gain a man's attention - and hold it - marriage to him seems within her reach.Yet, even as Ramesses declares his love for her, she knows there's more work to be done. If she's to be queen, all of Egypt must recognise her worth and overcome her connection to the dark, heretical days of the past. Ramesses will face challenges from all sides: war, drought, conquest and the determination of a man named Ahmoses will all threaten his reign. Could Egypt's rulers, and more importantly her people, ever allow him to marry the woman he loves, let alone make her his Queen?Alle Produktbeschreibungen
was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. This was the most glorious time of Egypt's history.
But not only Pharaoh was out-standing, his consort too. Nefertari - means Beautiful Companion - was his Great Royal Wife, his Queen Consort we might say today.She is one of the best known Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut.
Although Nefertari's origins are unknown, discoveries from her tomb, including a cartouche of Pharaoh Ay, suggest she may have been related to the 18th Dynasty.
And this is the starting point of Michelle Moran's second novel, the sequence of her first wonderful book on Nefertiti. Nefertari is Nefertiti's niece. She is last princess of the 18th dynasty to survive: Her aunt and uncle Echnaton had disposed all the gods of Egypt for just one: the Aton. This was herecy and like her uncle and aunt she is regarded as a heretic: this is her heritage, her legacy and her liability.
This already shows that Moran is brilliantly merging fact and fiction, based on research, filling historical gaps with plausible imagination. Rich in details her novel is a dazzling recreation of the life of a Queen, with is filled with the rigors of court politics, the passion of the all powerful, the sights and sounds of battle and the love of two gifted personalities.
Michelle Moran is a superb storyteller and she managed to hook me from page 1. It is difficult to stop reading. One simply wants to know what happens next. I finished this book in one weekend.
There is this saying, that every book has a good page - the last one. Here one can only say: why does it have to have a last page? It is simply brilliant and pure pleasure to read. Michelle Moran has a unique gift to tell a story in a most amazing, intriguing and fascinating way. This is a page turner of first order.
I am looking already forward to her next book on Cleopatra's daughter.
Do not miss this book - it is one of the best historic novels of 2008!!!
Die Theorie, dass Nefertari, die große königliche Gemahlin Ramses' II., eine Verwandte der "Ketzerkönigin" Nofretete ist, ist zwar umstritten, aber aufgrund einiger Indizien nicht ganz abwegig, deshalb finde ich es auch historisch gesehen interessant, wie dieser Frau eine Lebensgeschichte gegeben wird. Ich empfehle eine kleine Recherche dazu, dann weiß man auch die Details des Buches zu schätzen.
Wer gern mal ein Buch über Nefertari und Ramses II. lesen will, das nicht so öde und nervig ist wie die Ramses-Reihe von Christian Jacq, der sollte hier zugreifen!
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At best this is a youth fiction romance novel (except for some rather dull sex scenes), awkwardly slapped into a banal, Disney-esque version of 19th Dynasty Egypt with an emphasis on women's cosmetics. A passive-but-super-intelligent heroine gets a Cinderella makeover complete with fairy godmother & in the space of a year becomes a seductive diplomatic genius warrior queen to win over her cardboard cut-out prettyboy hero who lacks the sense God gave gravel.
Moran had the chance and I think the ability to write something great: Nefertari & Isetnofret were co-queens for ~24 years. Nefertari was Great Royal Wife but after her death Iset became Great Royal Wife. These were powerful & intelligent women married to one of the most fascinating and intelligent kings in 3500 years of Egyptian history who *notably* adored his wives and children ... and Moran turns this into formulaic pap.
Another reviewer wrote that the book is one long cat-fight, good point. Add to that Nefertari's supernatural ability to morph into whatever is needed in the moment while readers get no insight as to how she makes these chameloen-like personality transitions. Instead we're told how "hard" she works with a lot of emphasis on what color eye make-up was used, and -poof! - a year has gone by, the fairy godmother stows her wand & the tomboy is now a good but utterly passive princess. There are many and better descriptions of 'growing up' written by most youth-market authors.
Even sticking to the formula, super-glued in place, it would have made a more interesting book had she worked just a little harder to put her characters in the minimum of their real social context: parties meant wearing a large cone of beeswax upon the head, which melted down into the wig during the warm night … putting *that* into a story would've been more interesting than eye-shadow color. Children's heads were always shaved because of lice. One small lock of hair was allowed to grow; at adulthood many Egyptians always removed all body hair, particularly wealthy people. Etc. etc. etc. Interesting & basic social knowledge that would have made her story memorable, even given the tedious plot devices.
BTW, Moran ignores the common Egyptian practices of incest and many, many wives/concubines as it would make her book unpublishable, so no problem there if you do happen to know this about Egypt and find it worrisome.
Nothing in this book is worrisome, and for someone who writes as readably as Moran that is very sad.
My main issue was the fact that the women in the story were portrayed as manipulative and influential of the Pharaohs, while the men were nearly their pawns. I understand that the influence of most women in history was through the men in their life, so this was the only way for them to hold power. But the degree to which they could manipulate the men, and the stupid men didn't even really seem to notice was a little unrealistic at times.
None of that means it wasn't enjoyable. There's lots of cultural detail that brought the setting to life, the pace moved along steadily with an eventful plot, and the writing was good. I particularly liked how much Moran incorporated the Ancient Egyptian religion into the story and the characters. So many historical novelists seem to make religion not much more than a passing thought to their character when writing about cultures which were generally deeply religious. The Heretic Queen really shows how important the Ancient Egyptian beliefs were to them, and how they lived by them.
Every side of a palace's life at that time comes to life on this pages, the passions, the intrigue, the fight for power, even the smells,especially the one of duck, invaded my nose unexpectedly.
Beautiful characters who make us root and care for them right from the start and who during our reading are right there with us whispering in our ears, urging us to take a side, to feel and plot with them.
It is undoubtedly a work of fiction since, as Michelle Moran says at he end, she had to fill many gaps to recreate Nefertari's story. However, just knowing that there's so many historical facts surrounding these well-known characters from the world's ancient history, as well as real descriptions of those remarkable places and monuments which have survived the sands of time and which have left me gaping in awe as I stood before them a few years ago brought a special flavour to the story.
It took me a meticulous internet research to find writers who wrote so well I could have real feelings for the characters they wrote about, Michelle Moran was one of them, THANK GOD!
Nefertari is the only surviving family of Nefertiti's reign. She is raised in the palace as a princess and is brought up with Ramesses the great. This story starts with Nefertari at around 13 until she is crowned. It gives the love story of her and Ramesses, explains what happened to all of her kin (most guesses and not history) and shows her coming of age. As with the other novels by Moran, it shows the Egyptian court and all of the dramatics within.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend, especially if you read Nefertari.
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