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The Damask Rose: The ENTHRALLING and utterly escapist new novel: A queen. Her friendship. But at a price . . .

Carol McGrath

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A beloved wife. A hated queen. A journey to her destiny . . . The highly-anticipated second novel in Carol McGrath's SHE-WOLVES Trilogy!

YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS LOVE CAROL MCGRATH! 'Well-researched . . . Fascinating' Joanna Courtney

'Beautifully done . . . Captivating' Suzannah Dunn

'Rich, vivid and immersive . . . Enthralling' Nicola Cornick

'Steeps the reader in the life of a medieval court' Joanna Hickson

1266. Eleanor of Castile, adored wife of the Crown Prince of England, is still only a princess when she is held hostage in the brutal Baron's Rebellion, and her baby daughter dies. Scarred by privation, a bitter Eleanor swears revenge on those who would harm her family - and vows never to let herself be vulnerable again.

As she rises to become Queen, Eleanor keeps Olwen - a trusted herbalist, who tried to save her daughter - by her side. But it is dangerous to be friendless in a royal household, and as the court sets out on crusade, Olwen and Eleanor discover that the true battle for Europe may not be a matter of swords and lances, but one fanned by whispers and spies . . .

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Carol McGrath

Based in England, Carol McGrath writes Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction. She studied History at Queens University Belfast, has an MA in Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast and an English MPhil from Royal Holloway, University of London. The Handfasted Wife, first in a trilogy about the royal women of 1066 was shortlisted for the RoNAS in 2014. The Swan-Daughter and The Betrothed Sister complete this highly acclaimed trilogy. Mistress Cromwell, a best-selling historical novel about Elizabeth Cromwell, wife of Henry VIII's statesman, Thomas Cromwell, is republished by Headline. The Silken Rose, first in the "She-Wolves" Trilogy, featuring Ailenor of Provence, was published in July 2020 as a paperback by Headline Accent. Tudor Sex & Sexuality will be published in 2022. Carol speaks at events and conferences. She was the co-ordinator of the Historical Novels' Society Conference, Oxford in September 2016 and is an avid reader and reviewer, in particular, for the Historical Novel Society. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and Historical Writers Association. Carol lives in Oxfordshire with her husband. Her website is: www.carolcmcgrath.co.uk.

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