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Travels with a Medieval Queen By Mary Taylor Simeti,

  • Title: Travels with a Medieval Queen
  • Author: Mary Taylor Simeti
  • ISBN: 9780374278786
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two Women Set Out Across Europe in Search of a Dead Queen The medieval queen in question is Constance of Hauteville, daughter of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, and mother to the Emperor Frederick II In 1194, at the age of forty, Constance journeyed from Germany south to reconquer her father s throne On the way she discoveredTwo Women Set Out Across Europe in Search of a Dead Queen The medieval queen in question is Constance of Hauteville, daughter of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, and mother to the Emperor Frederick II In 1194, at the age of forty, Constance journeyed from Germany south to reconquer her father s throne On the way she discovered that she was pregnant for the first time She decided to give birth in public so that the world would know the child was truly hers These intriguing facts, and very few others, are all we know directly of Constance s life Seventeen years ago, Mary Taylor Simeti promised in On Persephone s Island her now classic memoir of an American in Sicily that she would someday tell the story of Constance who was, like her, an expatriate and the mother of a bicultural family In Travels with a Medieval Queen, Simeti keeps her promise retracing Constance s route from Germany to Sicily, contrasting the exotic setting of Constance s childhood in Palermo with that of her married life in the north, and drawing on reading in contiguous fields to flesh out a spare legacy of historical facts This is the beautifully illustrated chronicle of Simeti s twentieth century travels, first in books, then on the road, as she searches the landscapes and the monuments that survive from the twelfth century for clues to the inner life of a mother who was also a monarch.
    Travels with a Medieval Queen Two Women Set Out Across Europe in Search of a Dead Queen The medieval queen in question is Constance of Hauteville daughter of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Henr

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    1. Travels with a Medieval Queen is an attempt at a biography cum travel book, with Taylor Simeti and a friend recreating the trip which Constance of Sicily made in 1194 from southern Germany down to the tip of Italy Married to the unlikeable Emperor Henry VI and at that point 40 years old, Constance discovered en route that she was pregnant for the first time in central Italy, she would give birth to the future Emperor Frederick II I started out enjoying it as a book which, while not scholarly or [...]

    2. This book was SUPPOSED to be about the journey taken by Constance of Hauteville from the Kingdom of Sicily where her father was king to Germany, to become wife of the Holy Roman Emperor What is REALLY was about was the journey taken by the author and her friend along Constance s ROUTE, a sort of reliving of that experience As a travel guide, it was interesting, but history which I was looking for Not so much.

    3. I liked the historical part of the book I didn t care for the narrative It bounced back and forth between the author s travels as she traced Queen Constance s return journey to Sicily and the actual historical infromation about the Queen which was very limited since there wasn t a lot written about her in history.

    4. I just can t keep trying to read this book any.It sounded right up my street, combining travel and historical sites with an actual Medieval queen How fascinating It didn t live up to my excitement in the slightest and I had to force myself to stay awake while reading it, put it down at the slightest opportunity, and I ve spent most of 2016 17 avoiding reading it sooo yeah it s going in the unfinished pile.The premise of this book is that Simeti and her friend decided to travel the same route thr [...]

    5. Great book It fails to fall neatly into any discrete category, but overlaps with memoirs, travel lit, history and historical fiction Simeti, an expatriated American now resident in Sicily is trying to recreate the journey of a medieval empress down to her ancestral home in Sicily Much of the journey presented his is imaginatively invented I appreciate Simeti s attempts to put Constance s experience into then current scholarship though now somewhat outdated It is apparent that the author is famil [...]

    6. Fascinating I wasn t sure I was going to like it because it is a modern author trying to retrace the Empress Constance Hauteville s journey from Germany then the Holy Roman Empire and the kingdom that was hers by hereditary right Sicily But the author had done some incredible research that I found fascinating I had never heard of the medical school in Salerno Italy form 9 12th century that not only had women students, but women professors and surgeons at least one of which was famous enough to w [...]

    7. I picked this up in a discount bookstore in Australia when I was running out of things to read, and I was a little disappointed because it s not really what the cover sells it as of a travelogue of the modern author we drove here and got lost then didn t have time to look round here then found another Romanesque castle on the map we thought we would drop in on esque based on the very vague possibilities of where Constancemay have possiblytravelled than a historical, factual book, but once I got [...]

    8. the story of Constance, a Sicilian princess with the most magnificent dowry Europe had ever seen, wed to Hery son of the German Emperor Barbarossa and the author s attempt to recreate and relive the princess s journey from Germany back to Palermo to reclaim her father s crown.The author has done her best to piece together a story from the fragments of historical data available and though I personally find it a chore to read long descriptions of architecture and landscape the author s passion is [...]

    9. I kept reading this book because a friend loaned it to me, but it was a little boring It s kind of half travel book, half medieval history It just wasn t my style I would have been interested in a regular biography It s hard to get excited about a book full of descriptions of landscapes and musing about the trails that Constance the medieval queen MIGHT have taken when she was alive Maybe I ll try a regular biography of the same kind of period next.

    10. The author follows the journey of Constance, a medieval queen Jumps between actual journey, actual facts from Constance s era, and what the author thinks Constance would experience It was hard for me to follow

    11. My mother and I adore this author, and surprised each other several years ago by buying this book for one another for Christmas If you can t go to Sicily, buy one of Simeti s books instead.

    12. Parts of it were interesting Parts of it were very boring There was too much about the author and her friend I really didn t care about them.

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