The Pardoner's Crime by Keith Souter

By Keith Souter

It truly is 1322 and Sir Richard Lee, Sergeant-at-Law, has been despatched to Sandal fortress via King Edward II to preside over the court docket of the Manor of Wakefield. inside of hours of his arrival, Sir Richard and his assistant Hubert of Loxley are compelled to enquire a vicious rape and a cold-blooded homicide. but because the township prepares for the imminent Wakefield secret performs, the strangest case of all is introduced earlier than him. The Pardoner, Albin of Rouncivale, throws himself upon the mercy of the courtroom and confesses to against the law that everybody believed have been devoted by way of the outlaw Robin Hood. Sir Richard needs to flow fast to find the reality: the steadiness of the world and certainly the crown itself may possibly depend on it.

Show description

North and South (The North and South Trilogy, Book 1) by John Jakes

By John Jakes

The first quantity of John Jakes’s acclaimed and sweeping saga a few friendship threatened through the divisions of the Civil War.

In the years top as much as the Civil conflict, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a kingdom. Orry major from South Carolina and George danger from Pennsylvania forge a long-lasting bond whereas education on the usa army Academy at West aspect. jointly they try within the Mexican-American struggle, yet their closeness is demonstrated as their local politics diverge. because the first rounds are fired at castle Sumter, Orry and George locate themselves on diverse facets of the arrival fight. In John Jakes’s unrivaled sort, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a rustic on the precipice of disaster.

This e-book positive factors an illustrated biography of John Jakes together with infrequent photos from the author’s own assortment.

Show description

The Giant, O'Brien by Hilary Mantel

By Hilary Mantel

From the two-time guy Booker winner, the tale of the 18th Century Irish great, Charles O'Brien.

Charles O'Brien, bard and monstrous. The cynical are moved via his flights of romance; the craven stirred by way of his stories of epic deeds. yet what of his personal tale as he's led from eire to hunt his fortune past the seas in England?

The stunning Irish immense could be the sensation of the season yet purely his compatriots appear to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated health professional and anatomist, buys useless males from the gallows and babies' corpses by way of the inch. the place is a guy as detailed because the immense to conceal his bones whilst he's but alive?

The great, O' Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, stunning and spliced with black comedy.

Show description

Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside by Andrea Di Robilant

By Andrea Di Robilant

From the writer of the best-selling A Venetian Affair, here's the captivating chronicle of his look for the identification of a mysterious previous rose. Andrea di Robilant’s story takes us again to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, in addition to into essentially the most pleasant rose gardens in Italy this day, delivered to colourful existence at the web page within the watercolors of artist Nina Fuga.

In his 2008 biography of the Venetian girl Lucia Mocenigo (his great-great-great-great- grandmother), di Robilant defined a crimson rose that grows wild at the family’s former state property, pointing out its gentle peach-and-raspberry odor. This passing element ended in a call for participation for an viewers with an area rose doyenne, Eleonora Garlant. She and different specialists puzzled if di Robilant’s unnamed rose might be one of many long-lost China kinds that nineteenth-century eu growers had cultivated yet that have on the grounds that disappeared. at the hunt for the identification of his nameless but quietly specific rose, Di Robilant unearths himself captivated through roseophiles via time––from Lucia and her pal Josephine Bonaparte to the proficient Eleonora, whose backyard of approximately fifteen hundred types of previous roses is among the most vital in Europe––and through the roses themselves, each one of which has a story to tell.

What starts off out as a lighthearted quest turns into a significant trip as di Robilant contemplates the long-lasting fantastic thing about what's handed right down to us in a rose, via either the generosity of nature and the cultivating hand of humans, who for hundreds of years have embraced and prolonged the lifetime of this mysterious flower.

Show description

Brothers' Fury (Bleeding Land Trilogy, Book 2) by Giles Kristian

By Giles Kristian

Insurgent solid out from his domestic, rejected by means of his relatives, Tom Rivers returns to his regiment. yet his commander believes the younger hothead's recklessness and contempt for authority has no position in his troop. yet to a spymaster like Captain Crafte, Tom's darkish and fearless nature is in itself a weapon to be became upon the hated Cavaliers - who else may dare to infiltrate Oxford, now the Royalist capital, to break the King's printing press and strike a blow on the very center of the enemy?

Renegade uncooked with grief on the dying of his father, Edmund Rivers rejects the peace talks among Parliament and the King. He chooses as a substitute to steer a hardened band of marauders around the moors, showing out of the frozen global to fall on unsuspecting insurgent columns like wolves. yet Prince Rupert - recognising in Mun a fellow baby of conflict - has different plans for him, from stealing a mammoth gun, to tunneling underneath the partitions of Lichfield. the one peace the enemy gets from Mun Rivers is that of the grave.

Huntress Her center damaged following the deaths of her liked Emmanuel and her father, Bess Rivers takes the toughest determination of her lifestyles: to go away her new-born son and go away Sheer residence looking for tghe one one who can help her re-unite what's left of her damaged kinfolk. Risking her personal lifestyles at the highway, Bess will do no matter what it takes to discover her brother Tom and safe his Royal pardon, yet can she douse the flames of her brothers' fury and spot them reconciled?

Show description

The Queen's Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray

By Francine du Plessix Gray

In the course of the untold love tale among Marie Antoinette and Swedish aristocrat Axel von Fersen, acclaimed writer Francine du Plessix grey weaves background with romance in an enthralling novel that still deals a clean imaginative and prescient of the French Revolution.

Paris, 1774. The speeding nobleman meets nineteen-year-old Marie Antoinette at a masquerade ball. As their dating deepens at Versailles, Fersen discovers the court's secrets and techniques, even the startling erotic information of Marie Antoinette's marriage. yet this intimacy is disrupted whilst he leaves to affix the yankee Revolution. whilst he returns in 1783, he unearths France near to disintegration. After the Revolution of 1789, the royal relations is moved to the Tuileries and suffers more and more harsh captivity. After a failed try and free up them, Fersen is going domestic to Sweden the place he quickly meets his personal tragic finish: his destiny is symbolic of the violent velocity with which of the eighteenth century's occasions reworked ecu tradition.

Show description

Sharpe's Enemy (Sharpe, Book 16) by Bernard Cornwell

By Bernard Cornwell

Significant Sharpe, within the sour wintry weather, needs to test a determined rescue and face his such a lot implacable enemy.

Newly promoted, he's given the duty of rescuing a bunch of well-born ladies, held hostage excessive within the mountains via a rabble of deserters. And one of many renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's sour enemy.

Sharpe has in basic terms the help of his personal corporation and the hot Rocket Troop -- the final word in army incompetence -- yet he can't come up with the money for to think about defeat. For to give up or to fail could suggest the tip of the struggle for the Allied armies...

Soldier, hero, rogue -- Sharpe is the fellow you usually wish in your facet. Born in poverty, he joined the military to flee reformatory and climbed the ranks through sheer brutal braveness. He understands no different kinfolk than the regiment of the ninety fifth Rifles whose eco-friendly jacket he proudly wears.

Show description

The Courier's Tale by Peter Walker

By Peter Walker

Because the King's younger cousin, an sought after pupil dwelling in Italy, it falls to Reginald Pole to make the case for Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon. And it falls to the hapless Michael Throckmorton—the more youthful son of an impecunious titled family—to develop into Thomas Cromwell's messenger to Pole in Rome.

This doubtful privilege makes of Throckmorton's lifestyles a tragicomedy of never-ending trips backward and forward among England and Italy, however it additionally makes him a canny observer of the good dramas of his time. and prefer his King, he too nurses a thwarted hope.

Show description

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

By Sandra Brown

Acclaimed bestselling writer Sandra Brown celebrates the spirit and resolution that stored our kingdom proud even throughout the nice melancholy, during this relocating story of a bygone iteration and a powerful younger widow who needs to upward thrust above her circumstances.
Ella Barron is decided that even the ravages of the dirt Bowl won't have an effect on the well-ordered existence she has equipped for herself and her distinct baby, Solly, who lives in an international of his personal that even she can’t input. acutely aware that he conjures up pity and mistrust, Ella holds herself aloof from her small group, yet her new boarder, David Rainwater, comes into her life— and alterations it without end. As fiscal desperation creates sour social unrest within the city and surrounding farms, Ella reveals herself hoping on Mr. Rainwater’s soft-spoken recommendation and the steely unravel of his convictions. yet tensions strengthen in the summertime warmth, till one violent evening every little thing they think in could be positioned to the final word test.

Sandra Brown’s Rainwater is a poignant, lyrical novel that might communicate directly in your middle, a narrative that bears witness to a strong fact: love is worthy no matter what cost one needs to pay for it.

Show description

1356 (The Grail Quest, Book 4) by Bernard Cornwell

By Bernard Cornwell

Choose God and struggle just like the satan. The booklet of this striking new novel good points particular additional content material, with a longer historic observe and modern bills of the conflict of Poitiers. The Hundred Years warfare rages on and the bloodiest battles are but to be fought. throughout France, cities are final their gates, the plants are burning and the rustic stands alert to hazard. The English military, successful on the conflict of Crécy and led through the Black Prince, is invading back and the French are looking them down. Thomas of Hookton, an English archer often called Le Bâtard, is lower than orders to find the misplaced sword of St Peter, a weapon stated to furnish sure victory to whoever possesses her. because the outnumbered English military turns into trapped close to town of Poitiers, Thomas, his males and his sworn enemies meet in a unprecedented disagreement that ignites one of many maximum battles of all time.

Show description