Just arrived from Israel through BM.This is the story about Joanna of Acre, daughter of King Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castille During her marriage with Gilbert de Clare, Earls of Gloucester, she falls in love with Ralph de Monthermer In order to avoid this love affair, Edward I send Joanna to be kept in a nunnery and send Ralph in prison to the Bristol Castle Even so, the lovers managed to exchange letters which were written in code In the meantime, Henry Trokelowe is send by the King to investigate them. Spring,Recently Widowed Joanna Of Acre, Loving Daughter Of Edward I, Is Pleased At Her Father S Unexpected Visit But Edward Has Heard A Rumour Of An Inappropriate Friendship Between Joanna, Still Officially In Widow S Weeds, And Penniless Commoner Ralph Monthermer Edward, Believing He Has Proof Of A Clandestine Affair, Immures Joanna In A Nunnery And Imprisons Ralph Within Bristol Castle Henry Trokelowe, Edward S Clerk, Stops Him Killing Ralph, Who Is Allowed To Live While The Cold, Almost Passionless Henry Investigates Ralph And Joanna S Only Chance Of Survival Now Lies In Henry S Hands, But How Can A Confirmed Bachelor Even Begin To Understand The All Consuming Passion Binding Them Immersed In The Colours And Drama Of Medieval Life, This Richly Evocative Novel Combines Fact And Fiction To Tell One Of History S Greatest But Most Secret Love Affairs The author told her version of what might have happened during Lady Joanna and Sir Ralph Monthermer s love affair through a series of letters supposedly written between and among the main characters This technique, along with the introduction of information collected by the royal clerk during his investigation of what really happened on the night of Earl Gilbert s death, Lady Joanna s husband, added suspense and induced the reader to keep reading The royal clerk, Henry Trokelowe, reminded me of Sherlock Holmes in his use of disguises, transformation of personality, and manner of gathering clues. Soft and beautifully penned with a well developed storyline The secret love story between Edward I s daughter Joanna and a humble knight, Ralph Monthermer, is told in a series of letters between the pair as well as letters from the clerk sent by the king to investigate what s been going on For , see The author does a fantastic job of portraying Edward I as the scheming bastard he so obviously was Great read. Not my usual choice of book, but it was somewhat interesting I don t enjoy romances but this waslike a tale of love than a romance I particularly enjoyed the old nuns and the witch Great characters full of sass. Wow Such a great read Recommended for historical fiction lovers.
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- 256 pages
- The Love Knot
- Vanessa Alexander
- 19 February 2019 Vanessa Alexander