It’s 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 Barons’ 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…
Read Carol’s Historia feature, Opus Anglicanum: the beauty of medieval English embroidery, in which she looks at the gorgeous, luxurious and expesnive materials produced by women in the Middle Ages.