Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Lady Gruadh, called Rue, is the last female descendant of Scotland's most royal line. Married to a northern lord, she is widowed while still carrying his child and forced to marry his murderer: a rising warlord named Macbeth. Encountering danger from Vikings, Saxons, and treacherous Scots, Rue comes to respect the man she once despised--then realizes that Macbeth's complex ambitions extend beyond the borders of the vast northern region. Among powerful warlords and their steel-games, only Macbeth can unite Scotland--and his wife's royal blood is the key to his ultimate success.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008.
ISBN: 9780307341747
Characteristics: 340 pages :,map, geneological table ;,25 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 08, 2017

Not based on Shakespeare or his sources, but on the available historical sources. Since some of those are slim, this is definitely fiction. But it's very rich fiction, deep and engrossing. The focus is not on Macbeth, but on his wife, here called Rue, who is married off at about 15. But she's not a submissive girl. She talks her father into teaching her swordplay and other martial arts, which later help to save lives. She also learns magic and the healing arts. Her first husband is murdered when she is pregnant with his son; she is forced to marry the man who killed her husband. Her resentment of him turns to understanding, respect, and finally love. Her ambition ultimately matches his, and they rule Scotland together. When he is killed, she crowns her son king, as the last Gaelic king of Scotland. The descriptions of life at the time ring true, from drafty castles to Viking raids to heather on the moors. A lovely book, though violent.

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