by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem & Pat van Biers (translated by John Nieuwenhuizen)
Allen and Unwin, Young Adult, History, paperback rrp $17.99
Marguerite doesn’t want to be a princess, learning embroidery with her ladies. She is bold, brave and adventurous, roaming the fields playing pranks with the boys and secretly learning to use a sword. Her father becomes increasingly frustrated by his daughter’s wilful behaviour and arranges a marriage to Prince Edward of England. Marguerite refuses to do as she is told and conspires to arrange a marriage of her own choosing.
Father and daughter stand against each other, sword in hand. Ironically Marguerite and her father cannot see they are more similar than different. Flanders has no prince and needs a strong ruler. Feisty Marguerite might be the answer to her father’s prayers after all.
Regardless of how much I enjoy a book, I rarely feel the need for a sequel. But this time is different. I can’t let go of Marguerite’s story.