People ask, how did you come up with the idea for your book Barbarossa’s Princess? I believe the universe demanded that I give Constance de Hauteville a voice after 1000 years. Or maybe because my DNA test said I was a descendant of the Vikings as she was.
The actual catalyst that pushed me to put words on paper was a book called, Travels of a Medieval Queen. It documented Constance’s journey from Sicily to Germany. When I finished this book, I made the commitment to write my own novel giving an intimate portrait of Constance. This portrayal allows readers to live in her world, feel her joys and disappointments, taste the foods, and enjoy the life of a medieval princess. I also wanted the readers to experience the horror of the beauty treatments and medical practices of the time that she was subjected to.
I fell in love with the story of Constance de Hauteville and this love is reflected in my work. I think the universe would be satisfied.
Review by professional editor, Joyce Magee, Fort Lauderdale , Florida
The third-person omniscient point of view alternates with first-person narration by Queen Constance, a technique that vividly illuminates the action while endearing the reader to the female protagonist’s inner self. At every step, Constance clearly articulates the thoughts and feelings of a woman who is manipulated and repressed by the politics of her era and, especially, the men who exert power over her.
Ms. Vallone provides authentic multi-sensory details that will transport readers to the 12th Century. Many elements, such as beauty and fertility treatments, obstetrical medicine, food, customs and other details about daily life of the time are factual. So are many of the characters, who truly come alive under the pen of Ms. Vallone.