The French author Opaline Allandet (born and living in Besançon, France) got a review for her historical fiction entitled “Godefroy the Cruel” on the american website Curious History. This book was first published in French by Editions Dedicaces Inc. It has been translated by Caroline Andreea Zgortea. Curious History is a very credible website which has been mentioned and has links from “Buzz Feed”, “Huffington Post” and other Online Media Giants. The website has about 1000 unique daily visitors. This is a real blog which will give to the book a real SEO boost.
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Here is the Book Review:
Sometimes we just need a way to escape our modern days and seek refuge in a world we never met. “Godefroy the Cruel“, by Opaline Allandet, is an excellent book for our imagination, taking us back into the medieval times. The entire story is fictional since the author did not use any historical facts, excepting the background, where she used some details to enrich the story. The medieval times were a fascinating period, but a very cruel one as well, since people acted more by their free-will, rather than moral ethics that rule our modern society. And when the central character is the head stronghold, it is easy to understand that he will use force and will abuse of his power if anyone betrays him or stains his honor.
The story begins in a wonderful way, showing a brave knight and his lovely wife, worried about his departure for what was to become the third Crusade. It looks more like a romantic story, with heroes and princesses, rather than a violent story. As you read line after line, you feel like departing the reality as well, being caught in the imposing castle of Baron Lanicey. But because duty calls and the strong character of the Lord tells him he has to defend his land, also due to the fact that the pope sent out the orders, has no second thoughts about leaving his family.
Although, he has only one though that bothers him, and that is the fidelity of his beautiful wife. He is both proud, but also aware that having such a splendid woman attracts eyes and envy. So he makes her swear she will remain faithful until his return.
Years pass by, and no news are coming regarding his well-being. Mahaut, the worried baroness, starts to feel the heavy weight of loneliness. At a party thrown by her father, a wealthy earl, met a knight that moved her. First, she was impressed by his appearance. Secondly, he tore her hopes of ever seeing his husband again. Not having any evidences that her lord is either alive or dead, she slowly felt pray to her longing heart, which needed attention and affection. After a three years absence, Godefroy Lanicey returned to his fortress. The guards hardly opened the gates for him, not knowing who he was and also knowing that inside there is another lord, whom they accepted already. After barely passing through, Godefroy rushed to the bedroom of his wife, where he found her staying with her lover, the new lord and knight of the castle. The rage and hatred that follow are hard to describe. The author manages to be very specific, describing in words the atrocities that happened in that castle room. Since then, Godefroy earned the name “the Cruel”, as he constantly felt betrayed and mocked by the entire kingdom.
The story is captivating, and because it is a rather short novel, it can be easily enjoyed while sipping tea. The vocabulary and style take you back to the medieval times, helping you, the reader, be a part of the story and imagine better how things unrolled back then. The book has everything, from courage to love and despair. So in spite its short dimensions, the novel is very complex, filled with extraordinary details.