A crown can be won, but blood cannot be changed.
Mathilda of Flanders is furious at her father's choice of husband for her. William the Bastard of Normandy has a reputation as a rough warrior but after a violent start to their courtship Mathilda discovers him to be a man of unexpected sensitivity, driven by two goals: to win her heart and to win her a throne.
Astoundingly the throne seems to come first, for King Edward of England invites the newlyweds to Westminster and declares William his heir. But with the passing of time, this secretive promise is soon forgotten . . . though not by William. Or Mathilda.
As events either side of the Narrow Sea reach crisis point, Mathilda has to decide what she wants: heart or throne? How deep does her ambition run and what is she prepared to sacrifice to succeed?
The Conqueror's Queen takes the reader deep into the Norman side of 1066 - prepare to be surprised!
Out in hardback and ebook and due on May 31st in paperback.
‘You need not take England without me, Hari, because I will be your constant queen – there with you; there for you.’
Elizaveta is a princess of Kiev but that doesn’t stop her chasing adventure. Defying conventions she rides the rapids of the
Dnieper alongside her royal brothers and longs to rule in her own right as a queen.
Elizaveta meets her match when the fearsome Viking warrior Harald Hardrada arrives at her father’s court seeking fame and fortune. He entrusts Elizaveta to be his treasure keeper, holding the keys to his ever-growing wealth – and eventually to his heart.
Theirs is a fierce romance and the strength of their love binds them together as they travel across the vast seas to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In 1066, their ambition carries them to the Orkneys as they plan to invade England and claim the crown…
The Constant Queen is a powerful absorbing novel which tells the story of a daring Viking warrior, his forgotten queen and a love that almost changed the course of history.
As a young woman in England’s royal court Edyth, granddaughter of Lady Godiva, dreams of marrying for love. But political matches are rife while King Edward is still without an heir and the future of England is uncertain.
When Edyth’s family are exiled to the wild Welsh court, she falls in love with the charismatic King of Wales but their romance catapults her onto the opposing side of a bitter feud with England in which Edyth’s only allies are Earl Harold Godwinson and his handfasted wife, Lady Svana.
As the years pass, Edyth enjoys both power and wealth but as her star rises, the lines of love and duty become more blurred than she could ever have imagined. Then, as 1066 dawns, she is asked to make an impossible choice. Her decision is one that has the power to change the future of England forever…
The Chosen Queen is the perfect blend of history, fast-paced plot and sweeping romance with a cast of strong female characters – an unforgettable read.
A festive ebook novella
Christmas 1051: King Edward’s royal court has gathered to welcome William of Normandy to England. But as the ambitious Norman duke takes his place amongst the English lords, rumour and speculation are rife. It appears that William has an ulterior motive for making his timely visit to his childless royal cousin . . .
For Freya, however, who is new to the court, the enticing entertainments of the burgeoning Wessex city of London are far more intriguing than the political machinations which surround the gathering. Enchanted by the wassails, evergreens and crowds of the Christmas celebrations, she and her friend Alodie see the Normans as more of an enticement than a danger.
Even in the daytime, the vast Christmas markets along the sprawling banks of Chelsea village offer endless delights –until a pickpocket cuts through their happiness and throws Freya into the arms of an unlikely saviour. As the feasting and dancing begins, Freya finds herself falling for a man from the wrong side of the Narrow Sea and, with the help of a little mistletoe and wine, 1051 becomes a Christmas to remember . . .
I'm delighted to be a part of this exciting set of 'alternative history'short stories, due out in September to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
1066 is the most known year in English history, and the most intriguing. It represents a key turning point: a year in which everything was up for grabs, a year in which our national story could have gone any number of ways - a year of ‘what ifs’.
What if King Edward had left behind a son, what if his great-nephew Edgar had been old enough to rule, what if Harald Hardrada had won the Battle of Stamford Bridge, what if Harold had waited longer in London to gather more forces, what if William had died when he was unhorsed at Hastings, what if William had been defeated at London Bridge in November, what if Svein of Denmark had also invaded.…
So much could have been different and now, at last, we can live all those what ifs in this collection of ‘virtual history’ short stories, written by known and loved writers of the period.