Isabella, Princess of Poland, is raised to a life of great wealth and leisure in the Polish Royal Court, destined to marry a king. But fate or divine providence intervenes when she meets Johan Hirschberg, a young Anabaptist who works in her father's stable. This chance meeting leads the young couple into a forbidden love. Together they flee Poland and embark on a dangerous journey that brings them, after great peril, to the small parish of a troubled priest named Menno Simons. Catholic Bishop, Franz von Waldek, paid by King Sigismund, Isabella's father to find the princess at all costs, pursues them across Europe. Isabella does not know it, but if von Waldek captures her, she will have to make a choice that will change the course of European history forever.
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Captivating historical novel
The Mennonite Queen is the third book in The Paradise Chronicles, but it can be read as a standalone. The Mennonite Queen takes readers back to 1559 when religion was a contemptuous subject. Catholic’s did not appreciate the Anabaptists philosophy of being baptized later in life. It took money from their coffers and led to rebellions among the people. Patrick E. Craig brought this time period alive with his rich historical details. We are swept across Europe as Isabella and Johan escape to live life as they desire. They want to marry and pursue the religion they believe in. The religious conflict is explained in way that is easy to understand. My favorite phrase from The Mennonite Queen is “our weapons are not swords and spears, but patience, silence, hope and the word of God”. These strong characters are realistic, and I found myself rooting for them. There are some emotional scenes that are just heart wrenching. Isabella goes through terrible struggles, but she endures them thanks to her strong faith. The Mennonite Queen is an emotional story and unique historical novel that will have you captivated.