The Traitor's Wife

By Susan Higginbotham

From the bedchamber to the battlefield, via treachery and constancy, one lady is imprisoned by way of the secrets and techniques of the crown.

It is an age the place ardour reigns and treachery runs as thick as blood. younger Eleanor has males in her lifestyles: her uncle King Edward II, and her husband Hugh le Despenser, a trifling knight however the newfound favourite of the king. She has no wish to meddle in royal affairs-she needs for a serene, uncomplicated existence together with her kin. yet as political unrest sweeps the land, Eleanor, sharply clever but blindly naïve, turns into the one girl each one guy can trust.

Fiercely dedicated to either her husband and her king, Eleanor holds the key that may ruin all of England-and discovers the alternatives no lady must have to make.

At its center, The Traitor's Wife is a special love tale that each reader will attach with.

Gold Medalist, historic / army fiction, 2008 autonomous writer ebook Awards • contains bonus analyzing team guide

PRAISE FOR THE TRAITOR'S spouse:

"Conveys feelings and relationships particularly poignantly... unique old fiction." ― Kirkus Discoveries

"Higginbotham's skills lie not just in her skill for targeted genealogical examine of the interval, but additionally in her ability in bringing those historic figures to existence with ardour, an excellent humorousness, honor, and love." ― ancient Novels assessment Online

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The guy who used to be talking used to be not likely relatively thirty, and was once handsome sufficient to just about rival Gaveston—still Eleanor's element of comparability for male handsomeness, and doubtless that of the other girl who were at courtroom at the moment. Startled to be addressed so forthrightly, although now not angry, Eleanor controlled with a small smile, “You might begin by way of telling me your identify. ” the fellow laughed. “That's reasonable and moderate. i'm John de gray of Rotherfield. you will not consider me, my woman, yet I sometimes observed you at court docket while i used to be a boy.

Both method, he sensed, the queen will be disenchanted. He went on, “After they hung him, they notion he used to be useless, yet then he awakened correct properly. simply in time to have his, er—” Ogle's French didn't comprise the notice for “genitals. ” yet Isabella had recommended opposed to delicacy, so Ogle didn't seek extra for euphemisms. “Balls and cock chopped off. ” The fats previous damsel status via the widow checked out Ogle as though she wish to chop his personal off, however the woman confirmed no emotion other than widening her eco-friendly eyes a fragment.

She kissed Elizabeth at the cheek, and Elizabeth reciprocated in a pleasant sufficient demeanour. Then Eleanor her web page to the chamber that have been ready for her, the place Gladys sat yawning over a prayer e-book. because it was once certainly past due, inside of mins after mountain climbing into mattress, she was once quickly asleep. It used to be very early within the morning whilst she heard frantic voices outdoors her mattress curtains. “Lady Despenser! Is your sister right here with you? ” Dazed with sleep, Eleanor appeared round her a number of occasions sooner than replying, “No, why do you ask?

Are you listening to me? ” She nodded bleakly. “You have a more youthful brother, a bastard. I sired him a few years after your mom died. ” Bella regarded up, stunned out of her tears. “You? ” “I do not bear in mind taking Holy Orders, my pricey. His identify is Nicholas, named after his mother's father. He lives along with his mom in Litlyngton. She used to be now not a tender lady while I met her, yet a widow of a long time. i used to be relatively shocked to listen to of our baby, having proposal she was once previous her time, yet there's no doubt that he's mine.

Thanks. ” “I've no position to place it for now than by myself hand. ” “I comprehend. ” William slid the hoop onto a correct finger with a few distaste, for the hoop was once nonetheless hot from Hugh's hand. He puzzled even if Despenser's spouse might consider reduction or remorse at his execution. “What's she like, your spouse? ” Despenser smiled wryly. “What are you doing, Zouche, going to marketplace? cannot you wait until eventually they carve me up? She's too right for you. ” His voice replaced. “Too solid for me, too. ” He drew his blanket again round him and settled into his nook.

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