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I enjoy inspirational fiction and I located The Wives of King David series in my search on the HCPL catalog. This series is an adaption of the events in the Old Testament Books 2 Samuel and I Kings.  Biblical monarchs sometimes disregarded the Bible’s command on monogamy and practiced polygamy for completely secular reasons.  They married foreign women to establish political alliances and believed that their position of power entitled them to acquire as many wives as they desired.

These polygamous unions always had severe repercussions on the kings and their families and brought grief to the wives.  The wives had to cope with merely being one of the loves of their husband's life, rather than the love of his life.  They were sometimes victims of jealousy and competitive attitudes of the other women in the household

This fictional series features three of King David’s wives: Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba. They each tell the story of their lives in a polygamous household.

Michal and David were each other’s first love and Michal was also David’s first and only legitimate wife.  Michal was King Saul’s daughter, and David was one of King Saul’s soldiers.  King Saul became jealous of David’s popularity, and was afraid that David would usurp him.  King Saul sought to kill David, so Michal helped David escape.  He had to flee to another country, and King Saul gave Michal to another man.  David meanwhile married two other women who were Ahinoam and Abigail. When Israel crowned David king, he reclaimed Michal.  Michal and David spent much time apart, and Michal felt betrayed by David’s other marriages.  For these reasons, the relationship was mutually acrimonious.

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Cover - Michal by Jill Eileen Smith Cover - Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith Cover - Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith

Abigail was originally married to Nabal who owned thousands of sheep and goats. He was a mean-spirited man and abusive to Abigail.  David and his army lodged in the wilderness of Paran which was near Nabal’s property.  King Saul was still pursuing David, and he had to stay in hiding.  David and his army guarded Nabal’s sheep, goats, and shepherds before they met Nabal. David and his army became hungry. David sent 10 of his soldiers to request food from Nabal since they guarded Nabal’s cattle and shepherds.  Nabal churlishly refused, and the ten men told David what happened.  David was ready to kill Nabal, and Nabal’s servants warned Abigail.  She prepared and brought an ample supply of food to David and his army and pleaded with David not to retaliate against Nabal’s behavior.  Abigail’s action pacified David and she returned home.  Abigail told Nabal that she gave food to David and his army.  Nabal’s own anger literally killed him.  David asked Abigail to be his wife, and she accepted the proposal.  Abigail later realized that one bad marriage may have ended in Nabal’s death, but her marriage with David was unhappy in a different way.  She had to make the best of the circumstances of David’s polygamous household when he became king. King  David continually added wives to his household and was often insensitive to Abigail.

Bathsheba was the daughter and granddaughter of two of King David’s important advisors. She was also married to Uriah the Hittite who was one of King David’s faithful soldiers. King  David sent his soldiers to battle the warring nation Ammon and he relaxed on top of his palace.  He saw a woman bathing and he found her to be extremely striking.  He enquired about her identity and learned that she was Uriah the Hittite’s wife and the daughter and granddaughter of two of his advisors. King David sent messengers to bring Bathsheba to his palace.  They had a brief affair, and Bathsheba became pregnant.  She sent a message to King David that she was pregnant, so he tried to cover his tracks.  He persuaded Uriah to take a vacation from battle and spend a romantic evening with his wife Bathsheba.  Uriah was an honor-bound soldier and refused to abandon his fellow soldiers.  King David conspired with his nephew Joab who was a general in his army to put Uriah on the front line of the battle.  Uriah was killed as a result of this plan, and King David added Bathsheba to his collection. King David and Bathsheba grew to love one another, but their great remorse often cast a shadow over their marriage.  Bathsheba also had to witness the unraveling of King David’s family life and kingdom that resulted from his sin against her dead husband Uriah.

Read this captivating inspirational series, and see how these three women became sadder but wiser through their marriage to King David.

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