Astraea by Jane Stevenson

Astraea by Jane Stevenson

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Set in the Netherlands in the 1640s, Astraea tells of the relationship between two royal exiles, Elizabeth of Bohemia, daughter of James I, and Omoloju/ Pelagius, erstwhile heir to the Yoruba kingdom of Oyo, now a freed slave with shamanic gifts. They meet, fall in love, and marry clandestinely. Secretly, Elizabeth gives birth to a boy Balthasar Stuart, whom both come to see as a hope for a new age.As ever with Stevenson's work, Astraea appeals to both the head and the heart. An utterly convincing picture of seventeenth-century life and politics, it is also an immensely moving account of a strange, magical love affair. This 2002 Vintage Paperback is in Very Good condition.

ISBN: 9780099286646 SKU: 840835 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.