The Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice
‘Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride’
Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe’s life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations, including her own.
Now a wealthy heiress, Joanna’s arranged marriage to the King’s charming, tournament-loving half-brother William de Valence immediately stokes the flames of political unrest as more established courtiers object to the privileges bestowed on newcomers.
As Joanna and William strive to build a life together, England descends into a bitter civil war. In mortal danger, William is forced to run for his life, and Joanna is left with only her wit and courage to outfox their enemies and prevent them from destroying her husband, her family, and their fortunes.
‘Elizabeth Chadwick has taken the few facts known about Joanna’s life and turned them into a rich, detailed portrait of a woman attempting to survive brutal court politics.’ The Times
Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick
‘An author who makes history come gloriously alive’
‘Stunning . . . Her characters are beguiling, and the story is intriguing’
‘I rank Elizabeth Chadwick with such historical novelist stars as Dorothy Dunnett and Anya Seton’
Sharon Kay Penman
‘Enjoyable and sensuous’
‘Meticulous research and strong storytelling’
Woman & Home
‘A riveting read . . . A glorious adventure not to be missed!’