Summer, 1381 The Great Revolt has been crushed the king s peace ruthlessly enforced Brother Athelstan meanwhile is preparing for a pilgrimage to St Thomas a Becket s shrine in Canterbury to give thanks for the wellbeing of his congregation after the violent rebellion But preparations are


France, 1399 The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England The price of becoming his Queen Abandoning her


When the tall, athletic Edward of York seized the English throne in 1461, he could have chosen any bride he wanted With his dazzling looks and royal descent, the nineteen year old quickly got a reputation for womanising, with few able to resist his charm and promises For three years he had a


A rousing and authoritative new biography of the notorious King John, by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Marc Morris King John is one of those historical characters who needs little in the way of introduction If readers are not already familiar with him as the tyrant whose misgovernment


She was the mother of Henry VIII and wife of Henry VII, but who was Elizabeth of York Raised as the precious oldest child of Edward IV, Elizabeth had every reason to expect a bright future until Edward died, and her life fell apart When Elizabeth s uncle became Richard III, she was forced to


A medieval mystery featuring sleuthing monk Brother Athelstan May, 1381 The Great Revolt draws ever nearer The Upright Men openly roam the streets of London, waiting for the violence to begin Their mysterious envoy, the Herald of Hell, appears at night all over the city, striking terror into the


A murdered priest, a missing body, stolen treasure Brother Athelstan tackles his most challenging investigation to date October, 1381 Brother Athelstan is summoned to the church of St Benet s in Queenhithe to investigate the murder of a priest Parson Reynaud has been found stabbed to death


Of the many executions ordered by Henry VIII, surely the most horrifying was that of sixty seven year old Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, hacked to pieces on the scaffold by a blundering headsman From the start, Margaret s life had been marred by tragedy and violence her father, George, Duke


I m working on a novel intended to express the feel of England in Edward III s time The fourteenth century of my novel will be mainly evoked in terms of smell and visceral feelings, and it will carry an undertone of general disgust rather than hey nonny nostalgia Anthony Burgess, Paris Review,