Hugh and Bess: A Love Story
As the eldest daughter of the new Earl of Salisbury, young Bess de Montacute -- just 13 years old -- is anticipating a suitable match. When King Edward III and her father choose Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, as her husband, she is aghast. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he loves to marry the reluctant Bess.
Far apart in age and hau
As good as this book is, it got on my nerves something awful. Bess is still 12 when set to marry Hugh, and 13 when they wed. Her father asks Hugh not to "take" his little Bess until she is 14. No matter how many times I come across such doings in historical fiction, my lip still curls. Children, usua...more
She is not pleased.
What follows is a love story i...more
In particular, Higginbotham...more
One of the key protagonists in this novel is Hugh le Despenser. Seldom could anyone have been so unlucky to have acquired a name! His father and grandfather had also had that name, and they died being tortured and disgraced because of their hold over the rather weak Ed...more
I really do not know much about Edward II, but interestingly enough I DID know about the standoff at Calais so parts of the book were very cool for that reason. What I LO...more
It was interesting to follow Hugh and Bess's marriage as it developed through the rocky days of their early union an...more
The book was far from horrible, and I did enjoy it -- it just didn't ro...more
Young Elizabeth De Montacute is first married while still a child. The groom being old, the
marriage was never consummated and on his death Bess returned to her home only to find
herself betrothed to another, Hugh Le Despenser, whom father and grandfather had been
executed for treason. Bess is defiant, Hugh reluctant being in love with another. The
marriage contract is hammered out with all the vigilance of a mortga...more
This is not an exciting, pulse pouding tale. There is no great mystery. Nor is there scandal to make one gasp in shock or dismay. Rather, it is a love story. It is about marriage and how if nurtured properly and with an open mind, a seed can become a flower. It i...more
Now, Hugh is no more thrilled about the arrangement than Bess, but he’s a realist and when the king offers you an heiress and daughter of his closest advisors, you take it!
After the grisly execution of his father, the third Hugh le Despenser was imp...more
I suppose I...more
I really do think that both The Traitor's Wife and Hugh & Bess should be read together as...more
Hugh and Bess is a sequel to The Traitor's Wife (with a few flashbacks from the point of view of Hugh le Despenser the son) and tells the story of the marriage between Hugh and Elizabeth de Montacute.
What I didn't like: I didn't always know the emotion of the scene. The biggest example coming to mind is the morning after Bess gets drunk and flirts...more
This book was an easy read and very enjoyable. There aren't any big surprises or twists and turns, but it di...more
Elizabeth de Montecute (Bess) is not happy when she learns that she is to be married to Hugh Le Despenser whose father, Hugh Le Despenser the second, was the lover to King Edward II and who was executed in a very gruesome manner along with his grandfather. Young Hugh after the death of his father had to spend sometime in prison un...more
Hugh le Despenser: The son and grandson of two traitors to the English crown who is trying to redeem his family name.
Bess de Montacute: The daughter of the Earl of Salisbury, future wife of Hugh.
Emma: Hugh's childhood friend and mistress.
Will de Montacute: Bess's brot...more
The rest of the book deta...more
Hugh Le Despenser's father and grandfather where executed when Hugh was a young man. He spent months in prison but eventually was re...more
I did find it a nice, fast read. It is mostly a romance but with a strong historical background that gives you an idea of what was happening in England at the time. Besides the main families here -...more
My third novel, The Stolen Crown, is set during the Wars of the Roses. It features Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, and his wife, Katherine Woodville, as narrators. My fourth novel, The Queen of Last Hopes,...more