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The Stolen Crown

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A gripping story of royal politics against a backdrop of international instability- based on true events.

The Stolen Crown offers insight to a neglected place and time in history: the Kingdom of Hungary in the mid- 15th Century.  Caught between the Ottoman Empire on the east, the Kingdom of Poland to the north, and the Holy Roman Empire on the west, a precarious state of affairs is worsened by the king’s serious illness.

    What emerges in this novel (likely the first in a series) are some very well-developed characters who come from various levels of society. A few of them were actually historical figures. Others were not, at least by the names they have here. The latter group comes alive, and readers will come to know them. As a result, an exciting story becomes even better. The suspense builds, as it should, and readers will be turning the pages excitedly.

    When the throne was vacant in the Hungarian kingdom, the actual succession was not automatic. Therefore there is plenty of room for intrigue domestically and internationally. Readers will not be lost in the plots and plans.

    I recommend this book to readers of historical fiction who want to leave the more familiar locations in the British Isles and/or northwestern Europe. The Stolen Crown might well inspire them to learn a little bit more about this part of the world.

    However, there were a few things that were puzzling . Proofreading could have been a little better. Silezia (sic) was used for the region of Silesia. The King is not named, but the Queen was.

     The names of certain characters were often confusing and inconsistent. Like many cultures and languages, Hungarian has some names that come from a pre-Christian time, and names that were introduced by the Church. Many of the later group have forms that different from English. An author needs to decide which to use. When one character is named Janos (actually János), but another character is given the English equivalent of John, confusion results. The John is actually János Hunyadi, a major figure in Hungarian history. Why not then call him by his given name?

    There is also an Istvan, who obviously is noble, but appears with no title. Physicians are not given last names, which is odd. Someone is named Tomas, but the Hungarian form is Tamás. I do not claim fluency in the language, but that is not the issue here. 

     But the book is worth reading! 

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I am a published poet with four books out there of my own, and two in collaboration with artist Carol Worthington-Levy. Additionally I have drafts of a novel and one short story in the process of being sent out.

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About the author

Chris A. Moltzau is a historian, a writer, a traveler, and a storyteller who graduated with honors in Medieval History with a minor in Classics from the University of Arizona, USA. He then went on to receive a diploma in Viking Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. view profile

Published on May 27, 2020

80000 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

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