The War Queens sheds light on two women who played a vital role in shaping the sixth-century political landscape.


The Description

Publication Date: October 11, 2023

By the sixth century, the Roman Empire is already lost to tribal invasions, brutal Merovingian Franks have seized Gaul from the civilized Romanized Visigoths, and a dark age has descended across Europe. Now a deadly rivalry arises between two Merovingian queens. Brunhilda and Fredegunda are equals in beauty and intelligence, but opposite in vision and temperament. When the Franks demand a royal bride, Visigoth Brunhilda marries into a world that despises women. Suddenly thrust into power and repeatedly facing loss and grief, she seeks to revive a new Rome based on justice and prosperity. Her implacable foe, Fredegunda, is a former slave concubine who lives only for personal power. Insanely jealous of high-born Brunhilda, she uses seduction, assassination, war, and even witchcraft in her campaign to destroy her. Can Brunhilda survive this onslaught of evil? Can her vision survive?The Review

If there is one word to describe the sixth century, it would have to be “war.” As the Roman Empire was losing its power, the Merovingian dynasty ruled in Gaul.

Interestingly enough, the time period also saw females coming to the forefront, earning a prominent spot in history for their roles. Two of those are highlighted in The War Queens by Rebecca Hazell.

Brunhilda, for all intents and purposes, is portrayed as the “good” queen. Her marriage, although arranged, evolves into a love match. She also converts to Catholicism as a condition for her marriage.

Meanwhile, a young peasant girl schemes her way into the bed of a neighboring king. Fredegunda trades her body as currency, eventually managing to marry the king. She’s the epitome of evil, creating scandal and leaving a trail of poisoned bodies behind her.

The battle between the women began in earnest when Fredegunda, while still serving as King Chilperic’s mistress, arranged the murder of his new wife, Brunhilda’s sister. This began an endless campaign of revenge between the two that embroiled their children and grandchildren.

Rich with historical detail, the author adds fictional elements to fill in gaps as needed. The brutality of the time period is well documented.

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About The AuthorRebecca Hazell is a writer and artist whose nonfiction books for children garnered awards and critical praise, and were optioned for a television series. Her historical trilogy-The Grip of God, Solomon’s Bride, and Consolamentum-is still in print after more than a decade. Before entering the world of books, she created educational materials for high schools that were used across the United States. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband; her grown children and sister live nearby.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.



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The War Queens sheds light on two women who played a vital role in shaping the sixth-century political landscape.5-STAR REVIEW: THE WAR QUEENS by Rebecca Hazell