Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781804543863 Category:

In a Dark Wood Wandering

Hella S. Haasse, Lewis C. Kaplan

Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781804543863 Category:


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During the late Middle Ages, conflict raged between France and England as they battled in pursuit of power, the throne and beyond. It became known as the Hundred Years’ War.

Hella S. Haasse’s epic masterpiece brings this period to vivid life, as the novel’s infamous characters move across a panoramic tapestry woven together by criss-crossed bloodlines and intense rivalries. There is the mad King Charles VI and his heartless Bavarian wife Isabeau; the King’s dashing brother Louis, Duke of Orleans and his
sensitive Italian Duchess, Valentine. Their son, Charles, inherits a ferocious feud with the powerful and scheming Duke of Burgundy. Meanwhile, their bastard son becomes the right arm of Joan of Arc.

Charles of Orleans is the central character of this astonishing novel, a man caught up in deadly dynastic rivalries who survives because he is captured by the English at the Battle of Agincourt and made their prisoner for the
next 25 years. In that time he perfects his craft as a writer and becomes one of the great French poets of the era.

In a narrative that spans decades, we also bear witness to the reign of three English Kings: Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V, the brilliant leader of the English army, who changes the face of war at Agincourt.

First published in the Netherlands in 1949 and never out of print, In a Dark Wood Wandering is a timeless classic.

Publisher Review

[Haasse] has a gift for painting banquets, battles and great ceremonial meetings; these set-pieces glow from the text like rich old oils, ducky and mellow * Washington Post * Marvelous... Haasse's panorama shows us how great events are experienced by believably human people * USA Today * Starkly depicts not only an individual and a culture in crisis, but also compellingly reflects one age in another * Chicago Tribune * This splendid book exemplifies the distant, yet poignantly resonant voices of fifteenth-century French court society * New York Times Book Review * Written with a sure grasp of history, storytelling, and human nature * Cleveland Plain Dealer *

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