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Roberta Gellis (1927–2016)

Autor/a de This Scepter'd Isle

60+ obres 5,116 Membres 99 Ressenyes 10 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) aka Max Daniels, Leah Jacobs and Priscilla Hamilton

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Obres de Roberta Gellis

This Scepter'd Isle (2004) 548 exemplars
Ill Met by Moonlight (2005) — Autor — 386 exemplars
By Slanderous Tongues (2007) — Autor — 284 exemplars
A Mortal Bane (1999) 244 exemplars
And Less Than Kind (2008) 227 exemplars
Irish Magic (1995) — Col·laborador — 142 exemplars
The English Heiress (1980) 142 exemplars
Roselynde (1978) 139 exemplars
A Personal Devil (2001) 130 exemplars
Bone of Contention (2003) 125 exemplars
Irish Magic II (1997) — Col·laborador — 123 exemplars
Bull God (2000) 117 exemplars
Joanna (1978) 114 exemplars
Bond of Blood (1965) 104 exemplars
Rhiannon (1982) 98 exemplars
The Dragon and the Rose (1977) 96 exemplars
Siren Song (1981) 96 exemplars
Roselynde (Signature edition) (2005) 93 exemplars
A Tapestry of Dreams (1985) 92 exemplars
Gilliane (1979) 90 exemplars
Fires of Winter (1987) 85 exemplars
Knight's Honor (1964) 84 exemplars
Thrice Bound (2001) 81 exemplars
Chains of Folly (2006) 81 exemplars
Alinor (Bonus features inside) (2006) 80 exemplars
Sybelle (1983) 80 exemplars
Rope Dancer (1986) 78 exemplars
Fire Song (1984) 76 exemplars
Fortune's Bride (1983) 74 exemplars
The Cornish Heiress (1981) 73 exemplars
Masques of Gold (1988) 73 exemplars
The Kent Heiress (1982) 73 exemplars
Dazzling Brightness (1994) 72 exemplars
The Sword and the Swan (1977) 72 exemplars
Alinor (1978) 71 exemplars
A Woman's Estate (1984) 68 exemplars
Winter Song (1982) 60 exemplars
Silver Mirror (1989) 57 exemplars
Space Guardian (1978) 52 exemplars
Shimmering Splendor (1995) 50 exemplars
Desiree (2005) 39 exemplars
Enchanted Fire (1996) 29 exemplars
Offworld (1979) 20 exemplars
Sing Witch, Sing Death (1975) 18 exemplars
A Delicate Balance (1993) 17 exemplars
A Confusion of Sins (2020) 7 exemplars
Madame Leonie 3 exemplars
Passport to Terror (1960) 3 exemplars
Margarita la Bastarda (2007) 2 exemplars
The Psychiatrist's Wife (1966) 2 exemplars
Alinor 1 exemplars
Dazzling Brightness 1 exemplars
Bull God 1 exemplars
Witch Sight {ss} 1 exemplars
Ellinor 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Bedlam's Edge (2005) — Col·laborador — 354 exemplars
Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural (2004) — Col·laborador — 232 exemplars
Renaissance Faire (2005) — Col·laborador — 136 exemplars
How to Write a Romance and Get it Published (1983) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions122 exemplars
A Dangerous Magic (1999) — Col·laborador — 83 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance (2010) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
Olympus (1998) — Col·laborador — 68 exemplars
Writing Romances: A Handbook by the Romance Writers of America (1997) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Gellis, Roberta Leah Jacobs
Altres noms
Jacobs, Leah
Daniels, Max
Hamilton, Priscilla
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan, USA
Lloc de naixement
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Llocs de residència
Roslyn Heights, New York, USA
Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Flushing, Michigan
Hunter College, City University of New York (BS|Chemistry)
Brooklyn Polytechnic University (MS|Biochemistry)
research chemist
freelance editor
historical novelist
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Premis i honors
Romance Writers of America (Golden Treasure, 1986)
RT Career Acheivement Award
Biografia breu
According to her web site, Roberta Gellis has a master's degree in biochemistry and another in medieval literature, and a peculiar working history: ten years as a research chemist, many years as a free-lance editor of scientific manuscripts, and 40 years as a writer. She has ventured into numerous literary genres, including romantic suspense, both historical and contemporary; science fiction; and fantasy. She has been married to her husband Charles for more than 50 years and the couple have one son, Mark, and a granddaughter called Elizabeth.
Nota de desambiguació
aka Max Daniels, Leah Jacobs and Priscilla Hamilton



A fairly standard Regency romance set in Cornwall with Gothic overtones.

A rich West Indian planter’s heiress marries an impoverished Cornish aristocrat. The marriage is not happy and the aristocrat falls in love with his wife’s aristocratic companion. The plot involves the involvement of the local witch covens.

A little incoherent in places, it was a reasonable read with no obvious howlers. The only thing I would cavil at is witchcraft instead of smuggling, and there’s no obvious mention of the Napoleonic Wars.… (més)
Maddz | Jul 15, 2023 |
I read this book when it first came out and have reread it multiple times. I love the well-researched setting and insights into historical figures. The main characters are well-written and realistically portrayed for their times. The author did a skillful job weaving fact and fiction, creating a story that has kept me coming back to it year after year.

Alinor is the sixteen-year-old heiress of the vast lands of the Sire of Roselynde. She is bold, beautiful, confident, and unwilling to cede her rights to any man. After her parents' deaths when she was a child, her grandparents (The Sword and the Swan) raised her. Lord Rannulf taught her how to care for the land and lead those under her, while Lady Catherine guided her in caring for the people. When Lord Rannulf dies (after an incredibly long life for the period), Alinor is unmarried and, therefore, a rich prize for any man who can take her. Her situation comes to the attention of Queen Alinor, who ensures that Alinor becomes a ward of King Richard, a method of protecting her. The book opens as the Queen arrives to visit Alinor and Roselynde, and the opening scenes are vividly described. Here, Alinor learns the Queen's right-hand man, Sir Simon, will become her warden to protect her and her lands in the King's name.

Simon is a knight who has been the Queen's man for many years and fulfilled many roles. He is a king's justiciar, as a younger man, he spent time as Prince Richard's shield bearer (protector) and most recently was the one sent to release the Queen from the confinement imposed by the late King Henry II. He is an experienced warrior in his forties and well-versed in Court intrigues and behaviors.

I loved the first encounter between Alinor and Simon. He is struck dumb by her beauty, while Alinor looks at him as the Queen's man. But Fate, and the Queen, have a twist in store for them. The Queen is unwilling to leave Alinor unprotected and must ensure the King receives the funds earned from Roselynde's lands, so she assigns Simon to be Alinor's warden. Simon is not exactly happy about this assignment, believing it to be more punishment than reward. Alinor is angry and worried that Simon will strip her lands to help the King. He has no idea how deeply involved she is in managing everything to do with her properties, and his investigations do nothing to make him believe that everything is okay. I always laugh at his reaction to "my lady's book" and the disaster he thinks it holds. The confrontation with Alinor is hilarious and eye-opening for Simon, and it is also the beginning of the volatile relationship between them.

The chemistry between Simon and Alinor is undeniable, but they are also trapped in the reality of their time. As an heiress and King's ward, Alinor is a pawn awaiting her turn to be given in a marriage that will add to someone's power. Simon is not a noble and has no real wealth or power of his own. But Alinor is determined to have the man she wants and will do whatever is necessary to make it happen.

The action moves from Roselynde to the King's Court, where Alinor works her wiles to get what she wants. Going from an active life to being a court member is a recipe for disaster, and she draws her share of unwanted attention. Alinor is quick-witted, and I loved how she used those wits to change her situation. The scenes of her work with the Queen were great, and her stolen moments with Simon showed their longing to be together. There's a bit of miscommunication when Simon's honor runs up against Alinor's misunderstanding of something the Queen says. I loved seeing Alinor's satisfaction with her work and the difference it made to her time at court.

Significant changes are ahead when King Richard announces his plans to go on Crusade. The politics involved were fascinating, both in what it meant for the Crusaders and those left in England. After some political wrangling, Simon commits to going with Richard, and Alinor accompanies the Queen, who will collect Richard's bride-to-be and deliver her for the wedding. The trip's details were fascinating and gave a vivid picture of the conditions and activities. The Queen and her party, including Alinor, follow Richard to the Holy Land.

The ins and outs of the fighting and the royals' personalities created many edge-of-the-seat situations. Simon and Alinor possess a dangerous secret that puts them both at risk. Through it all, their love never falters, nor does their determination to find a way to marry. Though they get their wish, the circumstances are less than ideal and make for an awkward wedding ceremony.

Even with their long-desired arrival back in England, their troubles are still ongoing. Unaware of her marriage, others have plans to cement alliances using Alinor, and her resistance is not well-received. The consequences put both her and Simon in danger. I loved Simon's solution, and seeing his plan carried out was great fun.

I love the characters in this book. Alinor has an unusual, but not unheard of, upbringing, which frequently puts her at odds with those around her. She is strong-willed and stubborn, sometimes getting her in hot water with authority figures. She can be manipulative in pursuit of her goals, but always with the best intentions. I loved her clear vision regarding other characters and their personalities, motives, and failings. There were plenty of scenes of Alinor's interactions with people, some impressive in their forcefulness.

Simon is written accurately for a man of his time, which can make things a little uncomfortable for modern sensitivities. Overall, though, he is a man whose honor is a huge part of who he is. As much as he desires Alinor, he refuses to do anything underhanded to gain her hand in marriage. His interactions with Alinor can be sweet or explosive, as she frequently tries his patience. He is an experienced knight who relates well to Alinor's vassals and castellans and quickly earns their respect. He is respected by King Richard and the Queen also, which pays off for him in the end.
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scoutmomskf | Jun 5, 2023 |
A stand-alone historical romance dealing with the life of Henry Tudor up to the coronation as queen of his wife, Elizabeth Woodville. Much less misogynistic than the Stephen series. It follows the standard trope of the evil nature of Richard III, although the author acknowledges this is mostly Tudor propaganda. The book is about the growing love between Henry and Elizabeth from their political marriage dictated by expediency to a genuine partnership.

It was interesting to compare it to the later The Serpent Garden by Judith Merkle Riley which was set in the early years of Henry VIII’s reign.… (més)
Maddz | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Apr 14, 2023 |
Third in the Stephen trilogy of historical romances. These are set during ‘The Anarchy’ - the earlier English Civil War during the reign of King Stephen, not the War of the Roses or the later period commonly known as the English Civil War. They are also pretty true to period, so make uncomfortable reading with the general brutality and treatment of women and the lower classes, especially the non-free serfs. If you are expecting a book that panders to twentieth century sensibilities especially relating to romance, these are books you should not read.

These books cover three marriages in an age where the modern concept of romantic love was largely unknown or the province of the troubadours. Marriages were made to cement alliances, consolidate property or for the man’s gain. Women had very little to say in who they would marry - that was arranged by their parents with the approval of their overlord. Frequently the first time bride and groom met was at the altar. Often there was a significant age difference; the wife may well be the second or third wife, earlier wives dying from disease or in child birth. Women were also chattels; initially of their father or male guardian, after marriage, of their husband. Their lives and property were literally in their male relative’s hands; they were expected to obey and were subject to physical brutality if they did not. The marriage bed was the same - once wed, they could not deny the use of their body - at that time, the concept of marital rape was not thought of; rape was when a man took a woman by force that he was not married to.

In the 1st and 3rd books, the story starts (more or less) with the woman being married to the man with no choice in the matter and little notice. The second book the woman was sufficiently indulged by her father that his choice of husband was approved by her. Either way, the stories are about husband and wife getting to know each other and making accommodation to end with a good marriage, if not what we would consider a good marriage by today’s standards.

The 3 books are sequential and although they are self-contained, the later books reference characters in the earlier books, especially in relation to the political background and family alliances, so it is best to read them in order. All 3 deal with the misunderstandings inherent when 2 people don’t know each other at all and how they are resolved to come to a liveable, if not amicable, living arrangement.

Recommended for their open-eyed historiocity, and sparing application of modern romance tropes. Be warned that if you are expecting a sanitised view of medieval life, you won’t be getting it - these knights in shining armour stink to high heaven, beat their womenfolk, servants and serfs, indulge in non-consensual sex at best, rape at worst, pillage their enemies property and generally behave like misogynist pigs.
… (més)
Maddz | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Apr 14, 2023 |



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