In her new standalone novel Elizabeth Chadwick brings to life history's forgotten figures - the power couple William and Joanna de Valance - as she did with her bestselling Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy.
An auspicious match, an invitation to war.
'Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride'
Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe's life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations, including her own.
Now a wealthy heiress, Joanna's arranged marriage to the King's charming, tournament-loving half-brother William de Valence immediately stokes the flames of political unrest as more established courtiers object to the privileges bestowed on newcomers.
As Joanna and William strive to build a life together, England descends into a bitter civil war. In mortal danger, William is forced to run for his life, and Joanna is left with only her wit and courage to outfox their enemies and prevent them from destroying her husband, her family, and their fortunes.
Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick
'An author who makes history come gloriously alive'
'Stunning . . . Her characters are beguiling, and the story is intriguing'
'Meticulous research and strong storytelling'
Woman & Home
An author who makes history come gloriously alive - The Times
Stunning . . . Her characters are beguiling, and the story is intriguing
Meticulous research and strong storytelling - Woman & Home
Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early mediaeval re-enactment society with emphasis on accurately re-creating the past. She also tutors in the skill of writing historial and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt and has been shortlisted for the RNA Awards five times.