We all know the biblical story of David-the sweet young musician who soothed Saul, the mighty warrior who killed Goliath, the king who ruled over Israel-but in India Edghill's historical novel we meet David the man: a flawed human being complete with frailtiesm and foibles.
Told through the eyes of Saul's youngest daughter, Michal, who becomes David's first wife, we see the handsome young shepherd, the poet, the lover and the man. Young and deeply infatuated with David, Michal convinces her father to let them marry. But shortly afterwards they part and the marriage is dissolved; Michal marries another and begins a new life.
Years later David is king and he sends for Michal to be his queen. She reluctantly heeds his command, leaving the husband she loves for a man she hardly knows. Michal never returns to her home, but stays at the palace where she is privy to court intrigues and watches as David uses his power for his own gain.
She remains loyal, but ever aware of what David will do to get what he wants. She befriends Bathsheba and learns of the ends the king had gone to to obtain the woman. But she also sees David dance when the ark enters Jerusalem, for the birth of Solomon and the dawning of a new age in Israel.
Without completely straying from the biblical version of the story of David, India Edghill presents a different portrait, a very human picture of a real man and a tapestry of the world as seen through the eyes of a woman. Like authors such as Haley Elizabeth Garwood and Pauline Gedge, she takes what we know of history and gives it a feminist spin. QUEENMAKER is fascinating, intriguing and a fine addition to what we already know about a great era in the world's history. (Feb., 384 pp., $24.95)
(Ed. note: Originally published in hardcover from Talitho Press/Xlibris in Feb. 2000.)