My Lady Knight
Jocelyn Kelley
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A pair of wills, double lives, secret histories, and a family tree of vultures sweeps historical researcher Penny Nichols and a long-lost relative across France, over the hills of Italy, and throughout half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes. Click here for more on Jocelyn Kelley's My Lady Knight.

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My Lady Knight
Jocelyn Kelley
304 pages
January 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Constructed to house ladies protecting the present Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine in the twelfth century, St. Judeís Abbey is not like any other, and its inhabitants are not regular nuns. In fact they are not nuns at all, but ladies sent by the Queen to learn the art of becoming warriors.

Isabella de Montfort is one of those ladies. But her focus is not in the knightly arts but in science, particularly her special talent: explosives. Laughs abound in her antics of trying to build a replica of an explosive developed in the Far East.

In My Lady Knight, Isabella de Montfort is sent on a mission to help the Queen, who is imprisoned by her own husband. The mission? To recover papers that will help end the war between her two sons, Richard and John, for the throne. The abbess has requested that Isabella seek out her nephew John le Courtenay to assist her along her journey, for the roads can be treacherous.

John le Courtenay has come to claim the remains of his best friend lying outside the walls of a monastery and bury them on his lands. He has no interest in helping Isabella, only in avenging his friendís death. But when Isabella finds a dagger with a strange symbol on it that is linked with the Queen, they are forced to work together to find out to whom it belongs and why it was placed in the grave.

The relationship between Isabella and John starts too early in the book and in the middle of a battle, which to me seems unwise. The passion just doesnít seem to be there between them, and it seems that author Jocelyn Kelley puts them in situations where it doesnít seem likely that anything will happen between them, yet it does. Aside from that, My Lady Knight is a wonderful glance at the era of King Henry II and the people who lived and fought for and against the Queen.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Megan Duncan, 2006

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