England, 1264: as Simon de Montfort and his fellow Barons challenge Henry III's arrogance,the country moves inexorably towards civil war. In the little town of Lewes in Sussex, Judith, daughter of Belaset, seizes the opportunity to strike one last blow against de Montfort before her wedding to Aaron of London, as revenge for the massacre of her family. A trusted messenger between the King and his loyal followers, she agrees to act as go- between for King Henry and William Foville, Prior of St Pancras. In Lewes Castle, built when the Conqueror gave the land to William de Warenne, Jervis FitzHugh, squire to William's descendant John, longs for adventure, and for the hand of Madeleine de Tourney. Judith, Aaron, Jervis and Madeleine all become closely intertwined in a way that none of them could have foreseen. Far from a simple journey to France and back, Judith finds herself facing danger and deceit, as de Montfort's followers do all they can to prevent the message getting through. Help comes from the King's supporters, in England and in France, and from other more unexpected quarters. When the inevitable happens, and the Battle of Lewes is fought, Judith's work is done.


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Belaset's Daughter
by Feona Hamilton

June 1, 2002
ISBN #0917990439
243 pages
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