The Sixth Surrender

The Sixth Surrender By Hana Samek Norton, The Sixth Surrender Read Hana Samek Norton s blogs and other content on the Penguin Community A transporting debut novel set in thirteenth century France a time when chivalry reigned and treachery ruled In the last years
  • Title: The Sixth Surrender
  • Author: Hana Samek Norton
  • ISBN: 9780452296237
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sixth Surrender By Hana Samek Norton, Read Hana Samek Norton s blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.A transporting debut novel set in thirteenth century France a time when chivalry reigned and treachery ruled In the last years of her eventful life, queen duchess Ali nor of Aquitaine launches a deadly dynastic chess game to safeguard the crowns of Normandy and England for John Plantagenet, her lasRead Hana Samek Norton s blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.A transporting debut novel set in thirteenth century France a time when chivalry reigned and treachery ruled In the last years of her eventful life, queen duchess Ali nor of Aquitaine launches a deadly dynastic chess game to safeguard the crowns of Normandy and England for John Plantagenet, her last surviving son To that end, Ali nor coerces into matrimony two pawns Juliana de Charnais, a plain and pious novice determined to regain her inheritance, and Gu rin de lasalle, a cynical, war worn mercenary equally resolved to renounce his The womanizing Lasalle and the proud Juliana are perfectly matched for battle not love until spies and assassins conspire to reverse their romantic fortunes Populated by spirited and intelligent women and executed in flawless period detail, The Sixth Surrender is a compelling love story that heralds the arrival of a major new talent in historical fiction.
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    1. Hana Samek Norton

      I have a passion for the Middle Ages dating to a childhood exploring the ruins of castles and cloisters in the now Czech Republic where I was born raised, and where I first learned the difference between a halberd and a hauberk Since historical novels were one of the few uncensored subjects behind the Iron Curtain, I became a voracious reader of the genre Scott, Dumas, Sienkiewicz, Gogol, Balzac, Dickens, Bronte then went on to Pargeter, Plaidy, Oldenbourg, Seton, Dunnett, Penmand sundry historical romance novels Although I became a real historian, historically grounded epics and family sagas remain my favorite leisure reading The Sixth Surrender and its sequel, The Serpent s Crown are the result of research into the career of the Lusignans, an upstart, ambitious, and devious clan of 13th century French lords who managed to fight, marry, cheat, and sleep their way to the crowns of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia, and to nearly topple John of England from his throne I have lived in Canada, and am currently living in the US, am married to an Englishman, and work as a consulting historian to the US Department of Justice on matters very much unrelated to my favorite subject.

    901 thoughts on “The Sixth Surrender”

    1. After much struggle, I made it to the halfway point page 257 of 468 and just cannot go on There seems to be too much going on and I m still uncertain what the main plot is Political intrigue Possibly a romance between Juliana and Gu rin Although how that would ever happen is beyond me, seeing as their animosity towards each other isn t the hate to love you see in other books This is real hatred The book has moments where the passages are well written and engaging, though they re few and far betw [...]


    2. I think I got a little than a 100 pages in and I wish I had never picked it up.As an extremely biased to my emotions kind of reader, I ll say it isn t really the authors fault I didn t like the storyline, nor where it was going The historical stuff was interesting, but at times I did feel like I was reading a text book I like happy endings, what can I say I skipped to the end and decided to stop reading because I realized the story went where I didn t like I already felt as if I was reading a h [...]


    3. The Sixth Surrender had some well written moments Unfortunately, it was also very confusing with a convoluted plot It tells the story of Juliana, heiress to the small border viscounty of Tillieres She intially was to become a nun During her time as a novice at Fontrevaud, Juliana becomes a scribe for the aging Alienor Eleanor of Aquitaine Juliana wishes to marry instead of taking her vows While Samek doesn t exactly make clear what Juliana expects from marriage, she certainly got something she d [...]


    4. This book kept me up reading later than I should have for several nights I thoroughly enjoyed this read and, as a first effort, I think there must be good reads to come from this author There were some aspects of the romances that made me think maybe not I think that the author stretched to hold some of the plot and romance together but that did not stop my enjoyment I am a fanatic about historical fiction but I always remember that it is, in fact, fiction not non fiction and so I allow some sl [...]


    5. To be perfectly honest, I pretty much skimmed the middle I couldn t take it.LaSalle is abusive and purposefully cruel The author tries a redemption arc It falls flat Oh, that one girl you tried to make your wife believe was your mistress is actually your sister I ll just ignore the way you used her to hurt your wife and that totally makes up for all the other girls you actually DID openly sleep with Oh, you swear you haven t whored since you raped your wife What self control.Of course, he allows [...]


    6. I enjoy historical fiction, but admit that I m not well rounded in it I have a tendency to stick to British historical fiction because of my heritage This one sounded interesting because it contains some familiar English figures, but it s set in France.I do admit I had to constantly remind myself this was to do with the French, especially since it has King John, and some of the book is set in England I was very unfamiliar with many of the names of the characters and locations I also wasn t sure [...]


    7. This is not so much a book of romance as it is a story of Historical Fiction Not a bad story but this one is on the much darker side of what might have gone on during the reign of King John and his mother Alienor of Aquitaine.The storyline is set pretty close to the end of Alienor s life and portrays her as a schemer in all aspects of the lives of those whom her son rules and those that she loves Granted I doubt that living during those times would have been easy on anyone but not all could be a [...]



    8. It took a while for me to get into this book, but then I couldn t get enough I m a big fan of historical fiction so I appreciate all the research the author did I did find the book to be extremely confusing at times, and thought there was NO need for the physical abuse between Gu rin and Juliana if the author wanted the two to end up together why would she add this It just made everything sour for me.


    9. I had high hopes for this book, but it fell flat for meb I love Historical Fiction It s my favorite genre I love books about Eleanor of Aquitaine There s too much going on in this book, yet nothing getting done.


    10. As a lifelong admirer of Eleanor of Aquitaine, I m always excited to see a book about her and her remarkable family The Sixth Surrender focuses on her son, King John, who acceded to the throne of England after his brother Richard I and father, Henry II Author Norton chooses a minor player, Juliana de Charnais, as a link to the machinations of Alienor the French spelling used by the author , her son and the nasty old Lusignans Armand de Lusignan and his family suffered enough degradation under th [...]


    11. What a rush Once I started reading, I really couldn t stop Juliana is a novice nun who chooses marriage and her home of Tillieres in place of becoming cloistered The queen duchess, Alienor, gives her hand in marriage to Guerin de Lasalle, a mercenary with a lot of secrets.Really, a ridiculous amount of secrets His origin seems to be made up of a bunch of lies and misdirection, much of which is revealed only in the latter half of the book.All right So the newly wedded couple is extremely unhappy [...]


    12. The Sixth Surrender Tells Of A Sister Not Yet Taking The Veil In A Nunnery As She Was Inquisitive About The Outside World And She Constantly Got In Trouble With The Abbess Juliana Was Sent To Become A Nun When Her Father Wanted Her To Marry An Old Man, After Living Like A Nun For Five Years She Was Not Sure If She Wanted To Take The Veil And Was Given The Opportunity To See If She Could Make A Life For Herself But The Year 1200 Was Not The Time For Woman To Be Alone And Unprotected Juliana Wante [...]


    13. Hana Samek Norton joins the popular historical fiction scene with The Sixth Surrender, a spellbinding, lovely debut for historical fiction historical romance readers.Set in the thirteen century, young Juliana also known as Sister Eustace lives a content life as a humble nun, but as the only heir to Tillieres, she desires to protect and keep her home which, of course, requires that she marry Not only must she marry, but Juliana must pledge herself to the powerful French queen, Alienor also known [...]


    14. This book was a gift from the author I met Hana at the National Archives where she was researching a new book Hana is delightful, engaged, and thoughtful She would be a wonderful author guest for an event I have looked at some of the reviews and saw a mix of opinion I found the book to be packed with historical detail, a sympathetic heroine, and a bevy of plot twists I have read a lot of non fiction and connected to the real historical figures Eleanor of Aquitaine and The Pearl of Brittany I lis [...]


    15. I read this book again for the second time, and I was able to enjoy it so much considering that the plot diet fly over my head The main female character Juliana left a lasting impression on me, not necessarily because of her character, but because of her actions I felt like the entire book she put up a great face against Lasalle s constant offenses To be completely honest, I picked up on the books romantic trail than the historic one I didn t quite follow the whole book and was confused many t [...]


    16. This IS NOT historically accurate at all The author even says she only used secondary sources in her research for this book There are people with these names in existence, but they re not always around at the same time That said, this was a highly complicated and confounding book Set at the end of Eleanor of Aquitaine s life, during John Softsword s reign, the young Juliana de Charnais has a choice of becoming a nun or marrying some douche that Eleanor found for her Course all of this would have [...]


    17. I wanted to like this book, but it was rather difficult to enjoy The plot is generally devoid of action for dozens of pages at a time and when something does happen it is often so obscure that I was left having to re read several pages trying to figure out if I missed something The characters and their motivations are uneven especially the male lead and often it seemed like the author was interested in showing off an extensive knowledge of English French history and culture than actually tellin [...]


    18. I took a class from this author at a conference She is very educated and has an interesting background A cool lady.I would recommend this for die hard historical fiction fans specifically of the medieval variety.It s not for people who don t like history or reading about all the King making, crossbow shooting, heir producing, fealty swearing, hedonism condoning, and religion touting people of that time I didn t understand much at the beginning of this book because I m no scholar of the medieval [...]


    19. I am not a historical fiction reader at all and came across this book due to a silly reason I was Googling the meaning of the names of my family members My first name is Brittany and my daughter is Eleanor Long story short, I ended up researching Eleanor of Brittany and wondered if there were any good books about her A month later, I m writing this review While the book did not include much about Eleanor of Brittany as I had known before purchasing the book , I found myself excited to read and i [...]


    20. The Sixth Surrender is a romance dressed up as an historical novel, with a beautiful, fainthearted heroine and a devastatingly handsome, bad boy of a hero whose behavior is simply cruel The plot centers on the dynastic wars between the French and English during the reign of King John of Magna Carta fame, early 13th century , but there s just too much inane sexual sparring, which constantly interrupts the action Even without that problem, the plot is choppy and confusing, even for readers familia [...]


    21. It too me three tries just to get past the first 30 pages Still, I really wanted to read this book so I kept going 100 pages later I decided to quit after all I m not sure what the worst thing about this book was the flat and unlikable characters The bad writing Or maybe it was the fact that the story is just so confusing The author keeps throwing names and events at the reader without any explanations whatsoever Perhaps she thought that only people who are very familiar with the story and polit [...]


    22. After reading about 100 pages I decided not to finish this novel I didn t care for the characters, especially the male protagonist crude, selfish, lacking morals, promiscuous I also had a hard time following the political intrigue unless you know early 13th century Medieval well I am only familiar with it you can become lost when the author throws in too many plots In addition, in so far as I got, there are explicit sex scenes and profanity taking God s name in vain and vulgar words Too bad, bec [...]


    23. Even for the time the book is set in, Lasalle is sadistic and Juliana is a doormat I think the author was trying to write an old school romance, but it didn t work because the characters genuinely hate each other The abrupt change to love in the last third is unrealistic The entire first half of the book is from Juliana s perspective, so the reader never understands why Lasalle does the things he does.


    24. I thought there was a 50 50 chance that this was going to be good either that or schlocky romantic badly written overwrought historical fiction It turned out to be well written, good historical detail, and well paced I think it owes a lot to Dorothy Dunnett I couldn t put it down I did, however, space out a lot of the geeopolitics of England and France in the first four years of the 13th century, which is when this was written.


    25. I was so privileged to meet the author of this historical novel She is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and enchchanting She has taken on one of my favorite families, the Lusignans She captures the time, the unbelievably complicated family lineages, and the wonderful hauteur of Ailenor d Aquitaine I found the romance a bit tedious given the times Can t wait to read her next, The Serpent s Crown.


    26. Usually I m pretty hit or miss with books like this, but this one was fantastic Incredibly rich in historical detail, with a hell of a good story and a surprising number of believable twists and turns The author isn t just a writer, she s also a fantastic storyteller the two don t go together as often as you might think or hope The only downside to it is that I had a couple of nights of shortened sleep due to staying up too late reading I can t recommend it enough


    27. Took a while to understand and remember the characters there was a lot of background Really exciting read though, the plot was suspenseful and so many lies are uncovered You really want to root for the couple to make it and fall in love I couldn t stop thinking about it when I stopped reading


    28. If you put this book down the first time I would recommend that you pick it back up and give it another try It might be a little slow at the beginning and Guerin might seem heartless but you re truly missing out on a good read I couldn t read it fast enough Looking forward to books by Hana Samek Norton.


    29. My rating is 4.5From my book review blogRundpinne Norton grabs the reader s attention and does not let go in her fast paced, detail oriented and compelling storylines e full review may be readhere.


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