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‘You lay hands on a princess of the realm? It is treason.’
But this princess disobeys her King. Treason indeed.’

YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS ARE ALREADY GRIPPED BY THE DAMASK ROSE!

*Fascinating . . . Brings to life one of the most determined and remarkable queens of the medieval world’ K. J. MAITLAND, author of The Drowned City

*Completely engrossed me from the start . . . A wonderful read NICOLA CORNICK, author of The Forgotten Sister

*Vibrant, enticing and with fascinating detail. . . . It held me gripped from beginning to end’ ALEXANDRA WALSH, author of The Marquess House Trilogy

* ‘Excels at sweeping the reader away on an engrossing journey . . . Great storytelling and superb research JANE JOHNSON, author of Court of Lions

* ‘Shines a true light on the gripping tale of Eleanor of Castile, the love of Edward I’s life SARA COCKERILL, author of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires

*Pulls from the pages of history Eleanor of Castile: queen, business woman and true partner to one of England’s most forceful kingsCRYSSA BAZOS, author of Severed Knot


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 . . .

. . . AND DISCOVER THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SHE-WOLVES TRILOGY: THE SILKEN ROSE

***** ‘Stunning start to a new series of She-Wolf Queens

***** ‘Spectacular . . . I will recommend this first part of her new trilogy to everyone’

***** ‘Exceptionally well-written . . . From the first page I was totally caught up in the story’

Reviews

'A rich tapestry of a book, transporting readers to the thirteenth century and dropping them deep into the fascinating life of Eleanor of Castile. Brilliantly researched and cleverly brought to life with fascinating characters and fantastic period detail . . . Wonderful.'
Joanna Courtney
'Vibrant, enticing and with fascinating detail, the descriptions of the gardens were so vivid, you felt you could smell the damask roses'
Alexandra Walsh
Completely engrossed me from the start. I loved Olwen's story as well as Eleanor's, and the glorious descriptions of the herbs and flowers as a contrast to the high politics of the era. It felt incredibly rich and vividly told.
Nicola Cornick
Beautifully narrated. . . Carol McGrath expertly brings to life one of the most determined and remarkable queens of the medieval world . . . The reader can easily understand how this enchanting rose was adored by some and regarded as a vicious thorn by her enemies
K. J. Maitland
'Shines a true light on the gripping tale of the life of Eleanor of Castile, the love of Edward I's life'
Sara Cockerill
'Excels at sweeping the reader away on an engrossing journey through history . . . The perfect balance between great storytelling and superb research, and she brings her characters vividly to life'
Jane Johnson
'Pulls from the pages of history Eleanor of Castile: queen, business woman and true partner to one of England's most forceful kings. Exquisitely researched . . . Breathes life into a complex, dynamic woman'
Cryssa Bazos

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