A young woman forced to fight for her beliefs. A chaplain with a secret that could determine the fate of a kingdom.
England, 1452. Under the reign of King Henry VI the country is on the brink of civil war after the Hundred Years’ War.
Young mystic Lady Isabelle d’Albret Courteault’s family is forced to flee the Duchy of English Gascony for a new and unforeseeable life in England. While they become established in the courts, Lady Isabelle discovers dark secrets about their chaplain and tutor. As their growing relationship places her in harm’s way, can she remain steadfast in her promises to uphold the monarchy and her faith?
Set amidst a period of grave uncertainty, this is the story of a woman learning to stand up for her beliefs in a patriarchal world – a beautifully crafted narrative of faith, love and grace.
The Templar's Garden
The Maid of Gascony Series - Book One
Set in mid-fifteenth century France, England & Wales, The Templar's Garden is the first novel in my debut trilogy, The Maid of Gascony Series. The story follows a young mystic as she experiences a series of harrowing events that will test the limits of her faith and love.
Lady Isabelle must flee her pursuers, posing as a young male scholar in the New College of St Mary in Oxford. But when she learns she is with child it won't be long until she is discovered amongst their ranks. Can she bring herself to love an infant conceived in evil? And will she ever be reunited with her beloved Richard, or will Sir Henry Lormont's dagger find him first? This deftly plotted 15th century novel traverses the well-trodden pilgrimage routes from Oxford to Rome encountering lepers, assassins, sea rovers and historical figures Lady Margaret Beaufort and Edmund Tudor along the way.
Superbly researched by a scholar of the period, Clover blends history with the riveting story of a woman who overcomes the restrictions placed on her sex to create a page-turning historical novel.