Great Maria by Cecelia Holland
(The Hera Series)

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a woman in norman sicily makes her way by marriage, guile, courage and love. reprinted from the original.
 

About Cecelia Holland

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Born in Henderson, Nevada, Cecelia Holland was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Connecticut College, where she received her B.A. degree. She has served as a visiting professor of English at Connecticut College since 1979. Holland's historical novels have received broad critical acclaim. According to one critic, she "proves that there can be more to historical thrillers than swordplay and seduction." (Time) Among her novels is City of God (1979), which is set in Rome during the period of the Borgia family. Told from the point of view of Nicolas, a secretary to the Florentine ambassador to Rome, this novel brings to life the period of the Renaissance, including the political intrigue that characterized Rome at the time. Other works include Until the Sun Falls (1969), a story of the ancient Mongols and their empire, The Firedrake (1966), her first published novel, Great Maria (1974), The Bear Flag (1990), and Pacific Street (1991). Holland is very adept at capturing the period she writes about, including the clothing, furnishings, and customs of the time. One critic has noted that Holland "is never guilty of the fatuity which plagues most historical fiction: she never nudges the reader into agreeing that folks way back then were really just like you and me, only they bathed less often.
 
Published June 1, 1974 by Random House. 519 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Into whatever period she chooses to insert her blooded men and women, Miss Holland usually manages to trump up some passable scenery, the sweat of lust and conflict, and an evenly paced story.

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Set in 11th-century Italy, Holland's epic presents ongoing battles between Normans and Saracens from a fighting heroine's point of view. (May)

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Set in 11th-century Italy, Holland's epic presents ongoing battles between Normans and Saracens from a fighting heroine's point of view.

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