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The White Lady of Hazelwood A Tale of the Fourteenth Century   By: (1836-1893)

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Emily Sarah Holt's historical fiction novel, "The White Lady of Hazelwood: A Tale of the Fourteenth Century," transports readers to a captivating era filled with secrets, romance, and treachery. Set in the 14th century, the narrative intertwines history seamlessly with a touch of mystery, creating a compelling and immersive reading experience.

Holt's masterful storytelling grabs our attention from the first page, introducing us to the world of Hazelwood Manor and its enigmatic White Lady. The protagonist, Margaret Vernon, emerges as a relatable and endearing character, torn between her longing for freedom and her sense of duty. As we follow her journey, Margaret's struggles and triumphs become intertwined with the political climate of the time, accurately portraying the challenges faced by women in medieval society.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in Holt's ability to vividly depict the era's physical and cultural landscapes. From dazzling descriptions of Hazelwood Manor to the bustling streets of London, the author seamlessly transports readers back in time, meticulously capturing the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of the 14th century. Holt's attention to historical detail makes the narrative feel incredibly authentic, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in this richly depicted world.

The plot unfolds at a steady pace, keeping us engaged as we uncover the secrets that haunt Hazelwood Manor and its inhabitants. Each twist and turn is expertly crafted, creating suspense and leaving us eager to uncover the truth behind the White Lady's appearances. Additionally, Holt's exploration of themes such as loyalty, love, and sacrifice adds depth to the story, making it more than just a compelling historical tale.

While the book's strength lies in its intricate plot and historical accuracy, there are moments where the pacing can feel slow, particularly in the initial chapters. However, once the story finds its footing, the narrative gains momentum and becomes difficult to put down.

Overall, "The White Lady of Hazelwood: A Tale of the Fourteenth Century" is a captivating historical novel that seamlessly combines fiction with real historical events. Emily Sarah Holt's meticulous attention to detail, compelling characters, and atmospheric setting transport readers back in time, allowing them to experience the intrigues and emotions of the 14th century. This book is a must-read for historical fiction enthusiasts and anyone looking for an engaging story that blends history and mystery flawlessly.

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The White Lady of Hazelwood, by Emily Sarah Holt.

Her is another of Emily Holt's books set in the middle ages, this time at the end of the fourteenth century. We are kept constantly aware of this by the quaint words and expressions the players in the drama are always using. Many of these phrases have dropped out of the language, but sometimes the usage is very illuminating, as we can see how we got some modern expression or spelling.

On the whole in this story life goes on quite evenly, with not too many of those murders that aspiring members of the noblest families of England used to perpetrate in those days.

The heroine of the story is the "White Lady", the Countess of Montfort, who had fought bravely to bring her son back to power, but who was then ignored by him for many years until her death. For that reason the story is very moving. One part of the story I liked very much was when a Mercer, a dealer in rich cloths, is trying to tempt his customers to buy his wares. The variety of his goods, and the prices of them, make one realise what a wealthy trade he was engaged in.


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