By Sharon Penman

Advert 1193. England lies uneasy, a land and not using a king. Richard the Lionheart is feared drowned on his go back from campaign, his brother John conspires to usurp the crown. at the throne, within the Lionheart's stead, sits Eleanor of Aquitaine. She is decided to avoid a civil struggle, yet there are few she will be able to trust.

Justin de Quincy is bastard-born son of the Aubrey de Quincy, Bishop of Chester. The Bishop by no means stated Justin, bestowing at the boy - in lieu of brand name or fortune - basically an schooling. because it occurs, it's a present that, including a blood-stained letter given to him by means of a loss of life guy, will take de Quincy to the very centre of strength - and into the center of danger.

Moving from the Tower of London to the alehouses and stews of Southwark, from to the mountains of Wales to the wild coasts of Brittany, de Quincy will end up his mettle because the Queen's guy - or locate an early grave - as he uncovers the darkish intrigues of Eleanor's court docket.

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Lord bless the viscount. He really was a god. "Oh, bad luck, Harold," Nicola said with a kind smile. " An expression grew across the Milksop's ferretlike face that Nicola didn't recognize. That was because it was the first time she'd ever seen that particular emotion on her cousin's face. It turned out to be determination. She ought to have known what his next question would be, but still, when it actually came, she was surprised. " Harold asked in a deceptively light tone. She couldn't believe it.

Nicola wanted to know, as she reached for the bonnet her maid held. " "Perfectly rich people, you mean," Phillip said. " Lady Sheridan looked to be at the end of her patience with her children. "It is uncouth to comment upon the financial status of others. " "And really, Phil," Eleanor said scornfully. "The idea of Nicky choosing to stay with the Bartholomews over us simply because they happen to have more money than we do is positively ridiculous. How could you think something so wicked, and of our Nicky?

Lady Farelly, who had come along for the ride most reluctantly, as she disliked missing luncheon, and besides, had a dressmaker's appointment later in the day, looked about without enthusiasm. To her, London began and ended with Mayfair, and anything outside of it was simply tiresome. "I hope, Jarvis," she said to her husband, "that wherever we're going, there aren't going to be monkeys. " Lord Farelly laughed heartily, and assured his wife she had nothing to fear. And then the carriage pulled to a halt beside a large crowd all clustered around something in the square that Nicola couldn't see.

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