Disjointed for me Never came together. Have enjoyed her books since I first came across them Know to expect a good read, but she writes about anywhere and everywhere, so there is always a spice of the unknown to her books Best kind of historical fictionCecelia Holland is masterful in this tale of the Netherlands Using her skill at creating characters we can believe in and those we can despair of, she paints the old story of conquest and degradation for us as if we were present and fighting along side Jan and Hanneke Alva comes across, not so much as a villain, but as clueless a much dangerous adversary in that he can t seem to learn what he is doing wrong that keeps him from accomplishing his own ends I love this stuff Another solid hit for Holland, The Sea Beggars takes you into life in 17th century Holland in all the detail this author is known for.The history here is rock solid and Holland does a great job of making her people come alive, as usual.Not her best but very, very good. The King Of Spain rules the Netherlands, and wants to introduce the Inquisition, from Spain, known as the Spanish Inquisition and the Dutch do not expect this Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition they say There follows a lot of oppression and revolt, told mostly through the eyes of a brother and sister, the brother fleeing to sea and piracy against the Spanish Nobody expected the Dutch piracy, the Spanish say The sister hangs around in Antwerp before taking the road to Germany William Of Orange bumbles around rather ineffectually, but earnestly This is a very good book about ordinary, practical, even dull, people deciding they re not putting up with that sort of thing. I can t say how many Cecelia Holland titles I picked up, started but got bogged down, and gave up on This audio version is the first I ve ever read, even though I ve long suspected I would like her books, and I do My expectation when I started was dry history hoped I could slog through on audio but what I found was history, adventure, and even some romance Admittedly, this is just a small slice of Dutch history It s 16 century with Spain in charge and lots of religious persecution and unrest it s the time of the Protestant revolution, so there are religious issues involved and it also documents, on a small scale, the rise of Dutch nationalism The focus is on siblings Jan and Hanneka van Cleef Their father is killed by the Spanish, their mother dies of grief, Jan joins his uncle and become one of the Sea Beggars a derogatory word for the rebels it became a rallying cry , while his sister joins refugees and the insurrection elsewhere in Europe Compelling story that moves right along interesting character including real historical figures switches between stories of the siblings, cinematic, issue oriented, violent lots of frame with historical details engaging, well researched style gritty, yet ultimately heartwarming tone Glad I finally got around to Holland, who writes solid historicals Hope get recorded. I read this book to learn about the Netherlands, William of Orange and how the reign of Phillip II of Spain s control was broken The Sea Beggars Dutch pirates seized Brill Apr 1, 1572 and repelled the Spanish soldiers The novel was built around two siblings and gave so much history of the times including the tax of 1 10 on all sales The people rebelled and stopped selling and left This author writes with such excitement, I was thoroughly glued to each sea battle and land battle Decent, old fashioned type of historical fiction A bit slower, sometimes with clunky writing that shows its age Good enough that I know I ll read books by this author but nothing I m going to recommend to friends. Amazing Book, The Sea Beggars Author Cecelia Holland This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Sea Beggars, Essay By Cecelia Holland Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I thought it was very enjoyable, and it filled in a big gap in my historical knowledge, which is one of the best reasons to read historical novels.
Pen name used by Elizabeth Eliot Carter.Cecelia Holland is one of the world s most highly acclaimed and respected historical novelists, ranked by many alongside other giants in that field such as Mary Renault and Larry McMurtry Over the span of her thirty year career, she s written almost thirty historical novels, including The Firedrake, Rakessy, Two Ravens, Ghost on the Steppe, Death of Attila,
- 305 pages
- The Sea Beggars
- Cecelia Holland
- 19 October 2019 Cecelia Holland