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The Royal Rebel

On sale

5th September 2024

Price: £22

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408729809

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1338: England has declared war on France, and Jeanette of Kent, cousin to King Edward III, says goodbye to her family and travels overseas with the royal court for the first time. Once in Antwerp, she is captivated by talented household knight Thomas Holland, just as he in turn is powerfully drawn to her.

Although both know their romance is forbidden, their love for each other grows stronger than the danger they face, and they marry in secret. But before they can make their tryst known, Thomas has to leave for war, and in his absence, Jeanette is forced into a second marriage and locked away from the world.

Then Thomas returns, and the real fight begins. As hostile family members battle to keep Jeanette and Thomas apart, the defiant lovers vow to be reunited – whatever the cost…

From the award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick, comes an epic love story set against the tumultuous backdrop of high chivalry, deadly warfare, devastating plague and savage rivalry in the fourteenth century – the first of two parts telling the remarkable story of a woman who rose from royal rebel to formidable influence.


Daily Telegraph
Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride. Beautifully strong characters and a real feel for time and place
Barbara Erskine, author of THE DREAM WEAVERS
One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is her stunning grasp of historical details . . . Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable
Woman & Home
Meticulous research and strong storytelling
Jane Johnson, author of THE SEA GATE
When you pick up a novel by Elizabeth Chadwick, you always know you are going to be swept into a tale told in glorious Technicolour, full of wonderful characters and thrilling adventure
Alison Weir, author of SIX TUDOR QUEENS
A master storyteller who knows her period well
The Times
Elizabeth Chadwick is an excellent chronicler of royal intrigue . . . an author who makes history come gloriously alive
David Gilman, author of TO KILL A KING
Vivid characters inhabit every page. This is as good as historical fiction gets
Historical Novels Review
Chadwick's research is impeccable, her characters fully formed and her storytelling enthralling . . . The best writer of medieval fiction currently around
Stephanie Dray, author of AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER
[Elizabeth Chadwick] stands at the pinnacle of historical fiction... a beacon for those who seek to immerse themselves in a past that is both alien and familiar, challenging and inspiring
Mail on Sunday
Blends authentic period details with modern convention for emotional drama