The marriage in 1829 of Sam Houston, the thirty-six-year-old governor of Tennessee, to Eliza Allen, the twenty-year-old daughter of a prominent landholder, lasted only eleven weeks. The ensuing scandal caused Houston to resign his office in disgrace, leave Tennessee to live with the Cherokees in Arkansas, and eventually to go to Texas and mold its history....
|Title||:||The Raven's Bride: A Novel of Eliza Allen and Sam Houston|
|Number of Pages||:||418 Pages|
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The Raven's Bride: A Novel of Eliza Allen and Sam Houston Reviews
This is the first novel Elizabeth Crook wrote. It is about Sam Houston and Eliza Allen attraction to each other, and eventual short lived marriage. They separated after three months, and neither ever spoke to anyone about what had happened. Their secrets went to their graves. Crook did an incredible amount of research on the pair, with Sam Houston's history the easiest, because he was such a famous person in the history of Tennessee, Texas, and several wars. Eliza is an entirely different story, as very little is known about her, and she left no letters, diary, etc. for historians to read. What Crook has done, based on friends' comments, testimonies, conversations, letters, and her own extensive research, is to fill in where there are blanks, with what she thinks was said and occured. If you decide to read this book, make sure you read her comments in the back, as well look over the footnotes gathered there.
How scintillating to take a colorful historical figure and the fact that his marriage lasted only 11 weeks, and weave that into a work of fiction as to why the marriage failed. Brilliant. After all, no explanation was ever given for the separation, so all we can do is speculate. If you don't like the book, you can make up your own story. LOL. Okay, this wasn't the best book I've ever read, but I did find it interesting how many historical events, characters, meetings, and plans took place during this period when the nation was expanding, which gave an authentic framework to the story and built up the case for it being true. Sam Houston was a wild, powerful man. The fact that a woman would marry him and then leave him so quickly raises real suspicion, especially when she lived to a ripe old age and never asked to annul the marriage. Hmm, cause for thought.
This book explores a very interesting time in American history, from Jacksonian politics, to the expansion westward to Texas, mainly thru the character of Sam Houston, legendary frontiersman, governor of Tennessee, and eventual president of Texas. His first wife, Eliza, scandalously left him after 11 weeks of marriage, leaving much conjecture and his eventual resignation of Tennessee's governorship. What really happened? Neither one ever spoke of it (at least that we know of) leading to even more speculation. Crook fictionalizes their romance and comes up with as reasonable an explanation as anyone can, but I found the pacing of the novel extremely slow and often not interesting. Still, I am glad I read it, and I will admit that I never knew anything about Houston, despite being stationed for a summer at Fort Sam.
While starting out a little slow and bogged down in politics at times, this was still a very interesting story of the infamous Sam Houston and his relationship and marriage to Eliza Allen. While the author makes it perfectly clear in the beginning that there is so little information concerning the real Eliza, most of more of a fictional story about what the author thinks happened. It is still a fascinating and tragic love story, with a little bit of history thrown in.
As a novel, this book isn't terrible (by modern 'standards'). As history, well ... nobody really knows much about Eliza Allen Houston's reasons for leaving her husband after 11 weeks of marriage. The reasons Crook puts forth don't jibe with the only known explanation supposedly given by Eliza. So read it if you will, and enjoy it if it's your cup of tea. But don't take it too much to heart.
I enjoyed reading "The Raven" . The book was an interesting insight into the daily life of days gone by. Maybe a simpler time but relationships were just as complicated as they are now. I especially liked the references to Cherokee mythology. "It is a good day to die ."Thanks Elizabeth Crook, just awesome!!
Not a great book, but a very good read. It's hard to tell how much is fictionalized, but the book does give an excellent and personal view of Sam Houston and a turbulent time in Texas. (Has there ever *not* been a turbulent time in Texas??)
Interesting peek into the possible personal lives of historical figures.
I love books about the history of Texas since I am a native Texan. Sam Houston is a fascinating and mythical figure in Texas. Interesting book, but some of it conjecture.