Matilda, daughter of Henry I, is determined to win back her crown from Stephen, the usurper king. Adeliza, Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior of the opposition. Both women are strong and prepared to stand firm for what they know is right. But in a world where a man's word is law, how can Adeliza obey her husband while supporting Matilda, the rightful queen? And for Matilda - what price for a crown? What does it cost to be "Lady of the English"?
|Publisher||Soundings Audio; 2012|
THE AUTUMN THRONE
England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine - freed only by his death, becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry. Her indomitable spirit will be tested to its limits as she attempts to keep the peace between her warring sons, and find a place in the centre of power for her daughters.
DAUGHTERS OF THE GRAIL
Thirteenth-century France: Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor, Mary Magdalene. But the Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her supernatural abilities. Her duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Mountvallant - a Catholic. As war rages on, it is the children of these passionate souls, Magda and Dominic, who must strive to preserve the ancient knowledge for future generations...
THE FALCONS OF MONTABARD
In the aftermath of a scandal Sabin FitzSimon leaves England for the Holy Land. There he meets Annais, a quiet young woman, accompanying her father to a new life. Annais falls in love with her new country, its people and Sabin, but it will take more than love to secure what she holds dear.
THE GREATEST KNIGHT
A penniless young knight, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II's formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him tutor in arms to her son. However, being a royal favourite brings its share of conflict and envy. William finds he has to confront deadly political intrigue, strained family loyalties and betrayals.
THE LEOPARD UNLEASHED
When Renard, heir to Ravenstow, is summoned home to his ailing father, he brings Olwen with him, an exotic dancing girl whose sensuous beauty has ensnared him. Yet, in a political match made by their families, Renard is already betrothed to the innocent Elene. Renard's personal dilemma is set against a background of increasing civil strife, and his fate is soon placed in the hands of the two women..
LORDS OF THE WHITE CASTLE
In 1184 the bitter rivalry between Fulke Fitzwarin and Prince John is set to last a lifetime and jeopardise the Fitzwarins' dream of returning to their family home as the Lords of the White Castle. It also leads to the life of an outlaw for Fulke.
A PLACE BEYOND COURAGE
The early twelfth century is a time for ambitious men to prosper - and royal servant John FitzGilbert is one of them. But when the old king dies and his successor is appointed, John's position at court is weakened and he is forced to make a terrible sacrifice. Sometimes keeping your honour means breaking your word...
THE SCARLET LION
The loyalty of the great knight William Marshal is rewarded by the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare. But the stability William and Isabelle enjoy comes crashing down when King Richard dies and his brother John takes the throne. As rebellion stirs, William steers an increasingly precarious path that will lead him, eventually, to the rule of a country in desperate straits, with Isabelle walking with him every step of the way.
SHADOWS AND STRONGHOLDS
In the 13th century, Lord Fitzwarin decides that his young son will become a good for nothing wastrel unless he takes drastic action. He sends Fulke away from home to learn knightly arts in the household of Joscelen de Dinan.
SHIELDS OF PRIDE
The year is 1173. King Henry's efforts to crush his rebellious sons ignite bloody border skirmishes throughout the land. It is a time of triumph for mercenary Josceline de Gael, bastard son of the king's most trusted ally. But when his heart is conquered by the lovely Linnet de Montsorrel, their love will find its greatest challenge as an enemy from beyond the grave threatens all they hold dear.
THE SUMMER QUEEN
Young Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13.
THE TIME OF SINGING
The young Roger Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk, arrives at Henry II's court to wrestle his inheritance from the arms of his half-brothers. While there, he encounters the pretty and gentle Ida de Tosney, young mistress to the King. They begin a careful courtship, but the King's anger soon catches them up. Forced into a corner, Ida's decision will carry an agonising price.
TO DEFY A KING
Mahelt Marshal is the privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England. But her life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply. However, when King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heart-breaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, will be likely to survive the outcome....
THE WILD HUNT
Wales at the turn of the twelfth century and Guyon, the young lord of Ledworth, is about to wed Judith of Ravenstow. They have never met but political intrigue is rife and soon they have to face the horror of war together.
THE WINTER CROWN
It is the winter of 1154 and while her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Queen Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But when Henry falls for a young mistress, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences. She knows how much Henry needs her, but does Henry know himself?
THE WINTER MANTLE
Fresh from his defeat of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, William of Normandy has returned home in triumph. But Waltheof of Huntingdon, is not thinking of rebellion; when he catches sight of Judith, daughter of the King's formidable sister he knows he has found his future wife...