The Silken Rose: The Rose Trilogy
It's 1236, and thirteen year old Ailenor of Provence - proud, cultured, intelligent - marries Henry III, only to be seen by her subjects as a 'she-wolf'.
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|Library of Congress
||Great Britain - Fiction - History - Medieval period, 1066-1485
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1236 Beautiful Ailenor of Provence, cultured and intelligent, is only thirteen when she marries Henry III. Aware of the desperate importance of providing heirs to secure the throne from those who would snatch it away, she is ruthless in her dealings with Henry's barons. As conflict escalates between them, Ailenor's shrewd and clever Savoyard uncles come to support her but her growing political power is threatened when Henry's half-siblings also arrive at court. Henry and Ailenor become embroiled in an unpopular war to protect Gascony, last English territory on the continent, sparking conflict with warrior knight, Simon de Montfort, the King's seneschal. Ailenor, desperate to protect Gascony for her son, strives to treat with France and bring peace to Gascony. Caught in a web of treachery and deceit, `she-wolf' Ailenor's courage is tested to the limit. Can she find the strength to control her destiny and protect her all that she holds dear?
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||'The Silken Rose dives into 13th Century England with the relish of a peregrine's stoop. With the tastiest morsels of quail and the tiniest golden embroidery stitch, the novel steeps the reader in the life of a medieval court. Barons fight, families quarrel and children succumb to untreatable ailments. It's all there in the life of Queen Ailenor of Provence, the spirited wife of King Henry the Third. Temptation for any fan of scheming behind the arras and swooning courtly love!' -- Joanna Hickson, author of The Tudor Crown
Carol McGrath taught History and English for many years in both the state and private sectors. She left teaching to work on a MA in Creative Writing from Queens University Belfast, then an MPhil in English at Royal Holloway, London, where she developed her expertise on the Middle Ages. The idea to tell the story about the death of King Harold told from the viewpoint of his common law wife, Edith Swan-Neck, first came to her on a visit to Bayeux with the Launton/Gavray Twinning Society, which she chaired. Carol is married with two children and runs a business with her husband. She also reviews books for the Historical Novels Review.