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Die Regentin

Julia Kröhn

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Carried off and sold by Vikings, the Anglo-Saxon princes daughter Bathildis must now work as a slave at the French court - until the Merovingian King Chlodwig II makes her his wife and queen. This passionate young woman becomes a powerful politicalMoreCarried off and sold by Vikings, the Anglo-Saxon princes daughter Bathildis must now work as a slave at the French court - until the Merovingian King Chlodwig II makes her his wife and queen. This passionate young woman becomes a powerful political force, devoting herself to the abolition of slavery. But the young woman has a powerful enemy: at one time she has rejected him, and now she must pay... England, the seventh century. Bathildiss life seems to be complete. Born the daughter of an Anglo-Saxon prince and educated in a convent, she is looking forward to a bright future. Yet shortly before her wedding with her beloved Aidan, whose father Ricbert is a close friend of King Oswin of Northumbria, something terrible happens. Raiding Vikings carry off Bathildis and her fiancé. She is separated from him, made a slave, and finally sold to the Frankish merchant Sicho, who mishandles her. She is able to escape from him but not from the foreign land. Trapped by the sudden onset of winter and suffering from cold and hunger, she is found by Erchinoald, the Major Domus at the Burgundian court in Paris. Though he is at first moved by the young woman, Bathildis loses his good will when she rejects his hopeful intentions. He punishes her by making her a slave of his ill wife, Leutsinda, who, jealous of the young woman, has her do the filthiest tasks. When, exceptionally, she is given the duty of pouring drinks during a several-day feast, she attracts the attention of King Chlodwig. Fascinated by the unusual woman and above all by her apparent strength - a contrast to his own indecisiveness - he frees her from her lowly situation. But he does not allow her to return to her homeland or to search for her fiancé, keeping her close to him. Later he decides to marry her, overcoming the objections of the nobles and clergy. Her time as queen does not lasts many years. Chlodwig, to whom she has only in his final days made known her fondness, dies, leaving behind their three sons, the oldest still a minor. Courageously and tirelessly, Bathildis fights for the regency of the Merovingian kingdom, assuming power against all opposition and the laws of the time. She uses her influence in her continuing struggle for a more humane social order, especially regarding the poor and refugees. She founds cloisters and supports the construction of cathedrals, thereby forming the image of later France. But just as she is at the height of her effectiveness, she increasingly comes up against resistance. She has an old enemy: Ebroin, once a close friend of Chlodwig and now the new Major Domus, after Erchinoald. In the beginning he was a strong supporter of Bathildis, fascinated by the energetic woman and believing with her help to break the power of the influential nobility. When she refuses his offer of an alliance and opposes the course of his gruesome politics, however, he begins planning her downfall ... For further information: www.kroehn.net Press The television journalist Julia Kröhn has a weakness for difficult women characters, broken fates, and intensive research. Her women heroes are not always sympathetic, but they are always quite convincing. Just as The Chronicler, The Regent is an exciting development novel, offering an insight into an epoch in which a mans life was worth little and a womans even less, and when morality was a luxury that could be afforded, with luck, by monastery clerics. Buchjournal The book from Julia Kröhn is distinguished by its attention to detail. Here are willful characters who are at the same time inwardly torn, a language rich in imagery, giving tangible form to the world of the early Middle Ages, and last but not least a generous supply of suspense. MDR Author Julia Kröhn, born in 1975 in Linz, Austria, studied History, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Education. Presently she works as a television journalist in Frankfurt am Main. She does extensive research for her novels at their historical sett