Being a lover of medieval settings and always on the lookout for new stories to read I had already see this title mentioned here and there before I goBeing a lover of medieval settings and always on the lookout for new stories to read I had already see this title mentioned here and there before I got the chance to pick it up.
Set in the time of Richard the Lionheart and King John (I seem to be reading and watching a lot of things set in this period lately) it is the story of Melyssan, a maiden with a club foot, and Jaufre a knight loyal to King John. The beginning is a bit unbelievable but, if you get past that, it is an enjoyable story. When the story opens Melyssan is living in Jaufre's castle Winterbourne, after having told the king that she is his wife to defend herself from his amorous advances. In a time where marriages were a political affair that needed the king's seal of approval I found it odd that the king would accept her word for it and that not one of Jaufre's servants found it odd that a wife suddenly appears in the doorstep and not only proceeds to live there but manages to evict the steward for stealing from the Earl.
But as I said, if you get past all this, it is an enjoyable story. When Jaufre returns home from the war her find his new "wife" installed in the castle and decides to keep her around and teach her lesson. Melyssan has been in love with Jaufre since she was a 9 year old child and he saved her from some youths, and he starts to develop some feelings for her once he spends more time with her. She is terrible conscious of not being a beauty and having a disability so she is more sensitive than most, Jaufre has a temper and a natural distrust of women in general and wives in particular which doesn't help advance their relationship. Their biggest problem is lack of communication but also the fact that Jaufre is away for long periods of time, fighting. He has a reputation of having killed his first wife and it will take some time till the mystery of what happened to her comes to light.
I thought the backdrop of the political problems of the time was actually well done and given a bit more space than in most romances. At times it even seemed better explained than the romance itself because what I felt was lacking in Jaufre and Melyssan's story was time to just be a family and create bonds. Jaufre spent too much time troubled and unwilling to trust and then depressed which influences his relationship with Melyssan. I wanted time to see them well again and the end comes about a bit too abruptly for that. Overall I enjoyed reading it but it won't be joining the "my favourite medievals" bookshelf.
I think my last Stuart medieval had actually been the wonderful Lord of Danger, a very long time ago (before blog so I’ll have to reread and review onI think my last Stuart medieval had actually been the wonderful Lord of Danger, a very long time ago (before blog so I’ll have to reread and review one of these days), and so I was eager to start this one. I liked it, it’s Anne Stuart in the bad boy hero, in the secondary romance, but the end had a lightness that disappointed me a bit, I want those serious, dark feelings she made me look for. Elizabeth de Bredon is a skinny, redhead young girl who is too smart for her own good. Since her father cannot marry her, he has decided she will go the convent. When they are visited by Prince William (bastard son of King John) and his men, who are doing penance and pilgrimage because the prince, known for his cruelty has murdered a young lady, Elizabeth’s father decides she will go with them.
From the beginning that there’s something between Elizabeth and the prince, it’s also obvious that the prince is not who he seems to be. Elizabeth, despite being very young (seventeen) is one of those outspoken heroines who just can’t shup up. If she has learned to control her tongue in her father’s presence she didn’t when faced with Prince William. Had he been what his reputation suggests I’m betting Elizabeth would be facing a none too pleasant fate but William is in fact Brother Peter, a knight who after returning home from the crusades has decided to become a monk and is now protecting the true William from being attacked on the road by changing identities.
When they are attacked William (Peter) and Elizabeth stay together and become even closer. The truth of who he is, revealed when they finally arrive at the convent, comes as a huge blow to her but the true Prince William, who has a score to settle with Peter, is quick to use Elizabeth for his own ends and Peter is unable to abandon her as was his plan.
Considering that we have a hero monk I think the story could have had much more anguish than it did, especially on Peter’s part, I think the end come about a bit abruptly and without any issues of his change of circumstances being addressed.. There’s also a secondary romance that I would really liked to see more developed.
My last reread for the January Rereading Challenge. I didn't manage to read as many as I hoped but the one missing will be reread soon, it's Jane AustMy last reread for the January Rereading Challenge. I didn't manage to read as many as I hoped but the one missing will be reread soon, it's Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice!
Gillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet he is unwilling to be a lover to Gillian. She finds that Blackmour has as many psychological scars to heal as she has physical scars.
First of all I must say that I've tried several Kurland books but this was the only one that made it to my keeper shelf way back when I first started reading romance. I had really fond memories of it and I was hoping it would make for a good reread. It wasn't exactly terrible but I'm afraid it wasn't as good as I remembered.
Gillian starts the book terrified of her father and of the man he wants her to marry and that she believes to be a dark sorcerer. Although her fear his understandable we immediately know that Christopher is nothing of what she believes him to be and the reason for him to marry her as nothing to do with evil deeds or malicious intentions. In fact her is hiding a secret that he doesn't want her to find.
This seems like the beginning of a great story but my problems with it were Kurland's attempts at being funny. Those scenes did not come across as humourous but as childish. I was forever having to remind myself that Gillian was not 14 or 15 years old because she kept sounding like a child in those scenes and I was jarred out of the story. The same for some of Christopher's actions even if he was a bit better. he is scarred by a villanous first wife and he suddenly decides that because Gillian wants to get pregnant and visit's the castle whore to know more about it she must be evil too and mistreats her and sends her away. And this doesn't happen in the beginning, it happens in the middle after he knows her better and what she suffered at her father's hands. Oh the attampt at fantasy with the witches was wasted on me, I don't think it really added to the story and to me it felt like an artificial way of wrapping things up.
I know I'm making it sound pretty bad and I'm a bit worried because I was looking to a B- grade and now it feels I'm describing a much lower grade. The thing is I liked the characters! I liked Christopher, even with that outburst and even if some of the details of his secret seemed to easy for him to handle. Then I really liked Colin, his right hand man, and Jason his squire and Robin of Artane. I even liked Gillian wen she wasn't sounding like a 14 year old. But the book lacked depth to fully explore the traumas of both Gillian and Christopher and then attempted a humour that really didn't work for me.
This book is part of the Read Along Challenge I'm doing with A. and A. I have already read Lords of The White of which this one is a prequel and I wasThis book is part of the Read Along Challenge I'm doing with A. and A. I have already read Lords of The White of which this one is a prequel and I was eager to start this one.
A Mediaeval tale of pride and strife, of coming of age in a world where chivalry is a luxury seldom afforded, especially by men of power. An awkward misfit, loathed by his powerful and autocratic grandmother, nine-year-old Fulke FitzWarin leaves his family to be fostered in the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Here Fulke will learn knightly arts, but before he can succeed, he must overcome the deep-seated doubts that hold him back. Hawise is Joscelin's youngest daughter and she befriends Fulke. As they grow up, an implacable enemy threatens Ludlow and as the pressure mounts, their friendship changes until one fateful day they find themselves staring at each other across a divide. Not only does Fulke have to overcome the shadows of his childhood, he faces a Welsh threat to his family's lands, and the way he feels about Hawise endangers all his hard won confidence. As the menace to Ludlow intensifies, he must either confront the future head on, or fail on all counts, not knowing if Hawise stands with or against him.
I think Chadwick's biggest virtue as a writer is the way she writes her characters. She actually make them come alive without using the usual ploy of giving them modern ideas for better identification with the reader. They remain true to their time and traditions but at the same time they express feelings and have virtues and faults that are in temporal and give them further depth. She also has a wonderful sense of setting and period which makes for very believable stories.
The book tells the story of a young boy, fostered in a Lord's house so he can "spread his wings" and become a leader of men and head of his family. In this new environment he will face some challenges, learn to be a knight and meet different people. Far from his harsh grandmother and his father and close to Joscelin de Dinan, whom he admires, Brunin learns what it takes to be a knight and face the challenges of 12th century England divided by a civil war that made Lords change sides and win or loose castles according to the king's will. Surrounding Brunin are the Lady Sybilla, Joscelin's wife, Hawise, their daughter, and Marion, whose behaviour will have a big influence in their future. Brunin develops a special friendship with Hawise which will be the foundation for their romantic relationship.
Chadwick mentions at the end how she felt compelled to write the story of Fulke Fitzwarin’s parents after she had finished Lords of The White castle. Fulke Fitzwarin was a medieval outlaw who had his story written down in the 13th century and may well be one of the origins of the Robin Hood legend.
Georgette Heyer is better known for her regency novels. However she did write some medievals including this biography of William, The Conqueror.
Base-bGeorgette Heyer is better known for her regency novels. However she did write some medievals including this biography of William, The Conqueror.
Base-born son of Richard, Duke of Normandy, William the Bastard had to fight for his crumbling heritage, then to subjugate in battle his feudal lord, the King of France.
Spurned in love he horse-whipped the lovely Princess Matilda, then made her his bride.
Thwarted by the Saxon Earl Harold of a solemn promise of the throne of England, he sailed with his armies to a moment of destiny at Hastings. A complex character, William had to fight for his life and his rights from early on. Born the bastard son of the Duke of Normandy it was by pure strength of will that he became one of the most powerful and respected men of his time.
The book is very detailed and follows William's life pretty closely, from battle to battle till her reaches the English crown thus giving us a rich and complex view of the day's politics and interests. To better show her views Heyer uses the character of Raoul, one of William's knights, who is fiercely loyal to him and is even entrusted with negotiating William's wedding to Matilda of Flanders (after a pretty unusual courtship).
William succeeded to his father very early in life. The Duke Robert had made his men swear his son would be his heir before going on pilgrimage and when news of his death arrived William was 8. Not willing to stand by their oath the Barons started fighting amongst themselves and tried to use the child as a pawn for their interests. Many of his guardians and presumably friends were killed trying to protect him.
At fifteen he was knighted and he was ready and determined to fight for his inheritance. Known as William the bastard he became ruthless in his pursuit of what he believed was rightfully his, first the Duchy of Normandy and then the kingdom of England.
We never get the feeling that we do know William very well, he always seems a bit cold emotionally, but she is great at describing the battle scenes and showing the charisma that made him a leader of men.
It doesn't really seem fair to compare this book to Heyer's other works as it's very different in tone and in subject matter. There's very little romance in this story unlike her other books. Although William and Matilda seem to have been happy in their marriage the books doesn't focus much on their relationship. I really enjoyed this story and I must confess that it made me want to go and look for her other medievals.
I have a new book to add to my medieval keeper's shelf. Red Adam's Lady is a fun tale, it has a perfect medieval atmosphere and it has engaging characI have a new book to add to my medieval keeper's shelf. Red Adam's Lady is a fun tale, it has a perfect medieval atmosphere and it has engaging characters telling an interesting story, what more can you ask for?
Julitta is an orphan young lady who leaves with her uncle. She likes to go about simply dress and one day is mistaken for a servant maid and almost attacked (seduced?) by an inebriated Red Adam. She manages to hit him in the head and avoid the worst but she spends the night in his chambers and the day after everyone believes she was ill used by him.
Red Adam, who is actually a nice man when he is not drunk and being a nuisance and a rake, decides to reform and make amends and that is how Julitta ends up married to her abuser. What follows is Julitta and Red Adam getting to know each other, dealing with some villains in the form of Julitta's uncle and his friends and the wife of their steward while at the same time trying to discover what really happened to the wife of Red Adam's uncle from whom he inherited his estate.
The books gives us a good feel of the medieval period and the hardships involved in daily wife and also presents an interesting picture of the divided loyalties of the time, between Young Henry and Henry II, and the horrors of the Scottish invasion.
Now, if only I could find her other books I would be really happy!
THEIRS WAS AN AGE OF PASSION AND PAGEANTRY The lovely Lady Audris, whose delicate fingers weave fables of the future unto her tapestries, whose specialTHEIRS WAS AN AGE OF PASSION AND PAGEANTRY The lovely Lady Audris, whose delicate fingers weave fables of the future unto her tapestries, whose special gifts and radiant beauty set her apart in an enchanted age. And the knight they call Hugh Licorne. In service to his king ... a hero in an age of heroes ... a princely suitor for Lady Audris -- even though she cannot have him. Against all odds, they dare to search for love ... the lady who has sworn not to marry ... and the knight who has vowed to win her heart… Tapestry of Dreams is the prequel to Fires of Winter. I happened to read that one first and was then curious to know more about Hugh and Audris who show up as secondary characters.
Set during the Stephen and Matilda wars and especially during the Scottish invasions of 1137 and 1138 about which there’s an author’s note the story begins by introducing Jernaeve, a place between Scotland and England where Audris lives under her uncle’s protection and from time to time receiving the visits of her half brother Bruno. On one of his visits he is accompanied by his friend Hugh Licorne. Hugh is an orphan who doesn’t know is parents. Both young men feel deeply the fact that they have neither riches nor land to call their own.
Audris is somewhat different from other heroines of the time, she is sheltered yes but her main occupation is weaving tapestries and she has none of those feminine gifts like cooking, healing or ordering the keep. Since Hugh is introduced as a friend of her beloved brother there’s immediate warmth is their relationship. What I really liked in how their relationship is portrayed, how open and honest they are with their feelings. Hugh is a warrior but is also capable of gentleness and tender feelings for the woman he loves; Audris is passionate and headstrong in her desire for him. I also liked how Gellis made their sexuality such a natural and joyous part of their union, it seemed right.
There’s war going on and soon the mystery of who Hugh really is and the result of their union makes them leave Jernaeve. I thought the first half of the book was a bit slow but towards the middle it definitely picks up the pace not only in their relationship but also in the background story. Gellis successfully blends story with history and mystery to provide us with an interesting and entertaining historical romance.
"Every man in England wanted her... She was called "the Crimson Lady". But Fiona Byrne wants no part of the notorious life she was compelled to lead, a"Every man in England wanted her... She was called "the Crimson Lady". But Fiona Byrne wants no part of the notorious life she was compelled to lead, adopting instead the disguise of a simple seamstress. Then she is discovered by Braedan de Cantor, a desperate and daring stranger who threatens to expose her. Never has there been one so dangerous to the peaceful life she'd fought to achieve. But the greatest peril of all lies deep in her heart.
One man would have her... Robbed of his good name and fortune, and cast among England's criminals, he sought the legendary lady outlaw to save his sister. But the many tales of her extraordinary beauty and cunning did not do the Crimson Lady justice, and Braedan soon finds himself falling under her enchantment , even as he forces Fiona to re-enter the dark world she dreads. And though danger beyond reasoning awaits them, he wil let no harm befall the passionate, incomparable woman who now so completely captivates his heart and his soul... and offers them both a future more magnificent than either dared to imagine."
This is the first in a duet where I managed to read the second book first without realising it till I grabbed this one.
Brendan de cantor looks for Fiona's help because determined to right the wrongs his uncle has done he can see no other option than turn outlaw. Fiona is the perfect woman to tell him a thing or two about his uncles secrets and introduce him to a band of outlaws who will help him in his plans.
Fiona is a very strong woman (McCall seems to do mostly those which is fine by me) but when faced with the only option of going back to the hell she run a away from shakes her a bit. With time she does realise that Brendan is not a bad man, although he had to force her compliance, and even starts to feel attracted to him. However she does believe she is no good or any man after she suffered at Draven's hands. As Brendan is also attracted to her it's only a matter of time till they give in to their passion.
They eventually come face to face with Draven and Fiona ends up being captured and forced to renounce Brendan to save his life. Brendan however is not fooled by her false disdain and realises Draven is behind it which leads to a confrontation where an unexpected turn of events leads to Draven's trial and execution by some of his victims. Although there's still much to be done to right his wrongs Brendan and Fiona have a chance to build a life together without having to look back all the time.
It was a nice and enjoyable story but somehow it lacked a little something to make it truly memorable in my eyes.
I had this book in the TBR pile for some time. It's a medieval and I had heard it was a bit different than your usual alpha male/feisty heroine pairinI had this book in the TBR pile for some time. It's a medieval and I had heard it was a bit different than your usual alpha male/feisty heroine pairing that seems to appear in most books so I decided to save it for when I was in the right mood.
The story starts with something that happened 7 years before, something horribly violent that changed Maude Darnley forever. At the time of illness she was cared for Fergus, a healer, and ever since she got well he has been waiting for her to call him when she has need of him. But she has enclosed herself behind an icy mask, pretending that all is well and never did. Feeling his death approaching Fergus asks his apprentice, Ronan, to go find her and help her but doesn't tell him what happened. When Ronan meets Maude she is her usual haughty self and effectively manages to insult him and drive him away. But Ronan feels bound by his oath to Fergus not to leave and then he realises how cleverly she has shut him out on purpose and persists in getting to know her.
Maude slowly opens up to Ronan due to their shared love of music. In time she trusts him enough to tell him about the shadows who don't let her sleep (there's a bit of a paranormal element) and about what really happened to her 7 years ago. This is the third book in a trilogy and it is mentioned several times some bad things that Maude has done in the past. She is aware of them and she feels responsible, she doesn't find excuses for what she other than that she was frightened and didn't know what else to do. I haven't read the previous books so I can't judge but this story stands alone quite nicely.
This is neither a merry book nor a light book. Bad things really happened to people, especially during a feud between families as we have here, and even after healing the scars are never far from the surface. We see Maude and Ronan falling in love but we can see that they won't have an easy journey to their happy ending. I did really like Maude and Ronan, they were rich, complex characters and this is a multi-layered story that will take the reader on an emotional journey. Ronan and Maude are both scarred by their past and their future can't be the usual marriage and babies. But not everyone has to have the same fate to find happiness and I was quite satisfied with how English concluded their story. Her characterization of the people and the period has depth and it's engaging so she left me hoping for more of her books. Unfortunately it seems this was her only trilogy...
After posting the list of Viking romances to the ERT group I discovered I had Catherine Coulter's Lord of Raven's Peak in the TBR pile and decided toAfter posting the list of Viking romances to the ERT group I discovered I had Catherine Coulter's Lord of Raven's Peak in the TBR pile and decided to read it.
It was not as bad as I thought it be, I must say Merrick was quite a civilized and non violent viking which surprised me. I thought the story could use more depth and somethings we a bit odd but in general it was entertaining and a bit surprising. As to the story Merrick, a viking, is in Kiev to buy slaves when he sees a little boy of six teriified because his older brother has just been sold and he is alone. Merrick buys the little boy and is oddly attracted to him (like father and son, not sexually!). To keep him happy he descides to steal the boy's brother from his new master, which he does but ends up discovering said boy is a girl and another slave escapes and comes with them. It is odd that not only he would feel as strongly about a boy he just met but also that he would return from the slave market without having bought the slaves he was intending to and running not to be discovered but the man he stole the boy/girl from from.
Laren, the boy/girl slave, doesn't seem to know when to shup up, even after being rescued and reunited with her brother she keeps a proud atitude and answers back to Merrick. She makes an enemy of his Skald when she decides to continue a story he started and soon they all realize she is better than him. When they reach Merrick's farm his parents are dead and his brother is the new Lord. Erick is the stereotype of the ruthless, mean viking. Hits his wife, keeps mistress and feels like can use any slave he feels like it. And of course he wants Laren... Merrick doesn't want him to have her because that would bring pain to Taby (weird how many times he speaks of not paining Taby) so he pretends she is his mistress which she eventually becomes.
I think the worst part of the book is that one really doesn't see how they fall in love. Laren does feel a pain in her chest every time Merrick says she is only important because of her brother but other than that we really don't feel why shoud they fall in love. And Coulter's first sex scenes between characters always leave with a mix of frustation and amusement. They are generally bad for the woman (but this one wasn't as bad as some I've read by her...) and her heroines always end up saying something too naive and ridiculous like Laren telling Merrick that he must needs practice because another woman has told her it only hurts the first time, so if they practive it wont hurt anymore. It should be amusing but sometimes it's just silly.
Eventually someone get's killed and Laren is blamed. To save her from certain death Merrick decides to marry her. I never understood how he came up with such punishment. And Laren finally tells him she is a princess of Normandy, the niece of Rollo and Taby is an important piece of the dinasty as he is heir. Merrick tells everyone such and they stop believing in Laren's guilt because such pure blood couldn't lie(such logic reasoning this is). So they both go to Normandy and look for Rollo who welcomes his niece back and they decide they must discover who kidnapped and sold both Laren and her brother to slave traders.
I felt the book changed in tone here. If before with had a viking setting of a farmstead and the way of life in a long house, here we are in a palace and surrounded by court intrigues. Several people could be the guilty ones, including Laren's two half sisters, and I think Coulter does a bit too thorough a job to send us in one direction. Having Merrick respond to his wife's sister kisses was a bit odd...
After they solve this mystery they go back to Merrick's farm accompanied by Laren's father to pick Taby up. There they find that all is not what it seems and soon another man is attacked the same way as Erick and there's a new mystery to unravel and the conclusion was, to me a surprising one. So as you can see there are many plot twists that kept me entertained, maybe too many in fact. I think that it probably the result of it being written 15 years ago. Too many things happening and not enough depth, but entertaining nonetheless!
It seems with every new Elizabeth Chadwick book I read I become more of a fangirl of her work. Like in previous books what really draws me in are theIt seems with every new Elizabeth Chadwick book I read I become more of a fangirl of her work. Like in previous books what really draws me in are the characters she creates and their complexity. How they become real to us.
Unlike other books this story does not deal with the nobility. It deals with the common people, traders and particularly weavers, and I really enjoyed knowing something about that trade.
Elizabeth Chadwick beautifully combines history and fiction. In this case she starts out with a real event - the disappearence of the royal treasure during King John's reign - and she plays around with what might have happened to it. This however is not the main subject of the book but more of a pretext to start the action.
Miriel is a young girl, who has been confined to a convent by her family, when she meets Nicholas de Caen. He is brought to the convent after being found unconscious on the road and when he eventually leaves Miriel decides to follow.
Their fate will be closely connected to King John's lost treasure and if as young people they showed great promise when they meet again they are strong and ready to deal with the feelings that had been brewing since their first meeting. Things are not easy though as life has made them walk different paths and will lead them to difficult decisions. Nicholas and Miriel's story makes for a compelling read and I simply could not stop till I reached the last page.
Sharon Kay Penman's biography of Richard III is one of my favorite books of all time. I have hesitated in writing this review for quite a while becausSharon Kay Penman's biography of Richard III is one of my favorite books of all time. I have hesitated in writing this review for quite a while because I'm not sure I can do it justice.
Born into an England ripped apart by the bloody War of the Roses, Richard was in awe of his older brother Edward. He stayed loyal to his brother and loyal to Anne Neville, the daughter of the enemy. It was this loyalty that was his strength, and finally his undoing.
There are many things to enjoy. Her construction of the characters, how we slowly get to know them, their motivations and fears. Her description of the political backgroung of that complicated period that was 15th century England. And how she brings Richard III to life in a way that is totally convincing and very human.
The book follows Richard from a young age when he is still in the shadow of his brother till the powerful Earl he becomes under Edward IV reign and finally his rise to throne and his death. Her writing is full of historical detail, she gives us the historical background but also those little everyday happenings that make the story and the characters come alive.
It is inevitable that what stands out more when speaking of this book is her defense of Richard regarding the death of his nephews. She makes a compelling and believable case presenting other suspects and exonerating Richard from the dark legend Shakespeare made known.
This is a book I first read a long time ago. I remembered enjoying it very much but since I read it in my pre-blog days I had never written a review.This is a book I first read a long time ago. I remembered enjoying it very much but since I read it in my pre-blog days I had never written a review. This week I was looking to my shelves to find something suitable for the ABC challenge when I looked at this one and thought this would be the perfect choice.
The Conquered Heart is an historical romance, the story of the marriage of Eve MacMurrough and Richard Strongbow de Clare. Readers of historical fiction will remember them as the parents of Isabel de Clare, the heroine of Elizabeth Chadwick's The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion.
On the last page of the book Cody writes: No one knows if the marriage between Richard, Earl of Pembroke, and Eve, Princess of Leinster was happy or disastrous. I choose to believe they loved each other.
And so she writes about two people who come together with different goals, protecting Ireland for Eve and lands and wealth for Richard, who must come to an understanding to succeed. Together they must learn that their alliance has brought them enemies, on both sides there are people who dislike them for treating well those who are perceived as the enemy. For Richard it also means learning about a different law and giving women a measure of respect that he is not used to in his Norman world. But it's Eve that stands out as the main character in this story. She is Ireland, she tells Richard in one of their first meetings, and in fact she does everything to protect her land and to have him rule by Irish laws. She is a strong woman and more than his match.
In the backdrop we are treated to the war between Dermot MacMurrough and Rory O'Connor for the High Kingship of Ireland, which lead to Dermot asking for Henry of England's help and thus for Richard's arrival. And also to Henry's lack of trust if his barons, Richard being one of them, and a bit about the Thomas Beckett affair. This is a romanticised version of the events and historical romance (as opposed to historical fiction) but Cody manages a very satisfying story that lead me to research the main characters and see that people like Dervorgilla or Lorcan, Archbishop of Dublin actually existed and had a role in the political events.
Denée Cody wrote 4 books in the 90s. The other 3 books are a family series and, in at least one of them, Eleanor of Aquitaine features as a secondary character. I always found her stories engaging and well researched and I wish she had written more books. A few years back there was a rumour that she was writing an historical fiction novel but I haven't heard anything in a long time and sadly there doesn't seem to be much information about her on the internet.
I would definitely like to know more about these characters so if there's any other historical fiction novels out there about them I would love to hear it.