Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King
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I am granddaughter to a king and
daughter to a prince, a wife twice over, a queen
as well. I have fought with sword and bow, and
struggled fierce to bear my babes into this world.
I have loved deeply and hated deeply, too.

Lady Gruadh, called Rue, is the last female descendent of Scotland’s most royal line. Married to a powerful northern lord, she is widowed while still carrying his child and forced to marry her husband’s murderer: a rising war-lord named Macbeth. Encountering danger from Vikings, Saxons, and treacherous Scottish lords, Rue begins to respect the man she once despised–and then realizes that Macbeth’s complex ambitions extend beyond the borders of the vast northern region. Among the powerful warlords and their steel-games, only Macbeth can unite Scotland–and his wife’s royal blood is the key to his ultimate success.  

Determined to protect her small son and a proud legacy of warrior kings and strong women, Rue invokes the ancient wisdom and secret practices of her female ancestors as she strives to hold her own in a warrior society. Finally, side by side as the last Celtic king and queen of Scotland, she and Macbeth must face the gathering storm brought on by their combined destiny.

From towering crags to misted moors and formidable fortresses, Lady Macbeth transports readers to the heart of eleventh-century Scotland, painting a bold, vivid portrait of a woman much maligned by history. 

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About Susan Fraser King

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SUSAN FRASER KING lives in Maryland with her husband, sons, and a Westie.From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 12, 2008 by Crown. 370 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her opening scene, when Lady Macbeth receives the letter from her husband reporting the predictions of the witches, she is awakened in bed.

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First Lady by Michael Dobbs 384pp, Headline, £17.99 The sombre opening scene of Michael Dobbs's new novel First Lady, in which a research assistant contemplates suicide on Westminster Bridge while a dying tramp is manhandled in the subway beneath, would be Dickensian if it was not so cursory.

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Entertainment Weekly

in Lady Macbeth, Susan Fraser King's 11th-century superwoman — as adept at swordplay as needlework — is a far cry from Shakespeare's sleepwalking, hand-washing, courage-screwing gorgon.

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In Binnie's version of the "Macbeth" story, Lady Macbeth wants to get herself with child, a goal for which she sees the fertile Macduff to be more useful than her husband.

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Open Letters Monthly

Anyone who writes a novel about Lady Macbeth titled Lady Macbeth is asking for trouble.

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Teen Reads

This is the story of Gruadh inghean Bodhe mac Cinead mhic Dubh and her destiny --- to fulfill her role as Lady Macbeth --- woven around the history of 11th-century Scotland and its ancient myths and legends.

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Lady Macbeth stumbles along the full length of the top gallery in a white nightdress before she even opens her mouth to start singing “out, damned spot” in her sleep.

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Project MUSE

This complement to Shakespeare's Macbeth follows two narrators: Grelach, Macbeth's lady;

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