"Medieval lovers are going to love this one"
In 1357, Garren carried the severely wounded Earl,
William, and the man's armor home from the French
battlefields. Though he sacrificed personal wealth by not
looting like everyone else did and William's brother
Richard the heir blames him that his sibling still lives,
Garren knows William is dying anyway. When William asks
him to buy a lead feather to help him on his next journey,
Garren promises to steal the relic so William can touch it.
The Prioress Mother Julian believes that the abandoned
foundling Dominica is a heretic when the lass insists that
God told her to spread the word. Julian and Richard make
a evil pact to destroy Dominica and Garren. They arrange
a pilgrimage to honor Will, but offer money for Garren to
take Dominica so she is not a pure wife to the Savior,
which in turn will disgrace the popular hero. Garren
agrees, but on the trek, he falls in love with the gentle
Dominica and she reciprocates. As he becomes a believer,
he wonders how to keep her safe and pure.
THE KNAVE AND THE MAIDEN is an engaging look at fourteenth
century culture of the various classes. The story line is
fun to follow with Garren slowly becoming converted by the
goodness and love he feels for the woman he is supposed to
deflower. Though Dominica is a charming person, she
adjusts too easily to what should have been a strange
secular world that should have her tripping all over the
place since she has no experience outside the monastery.
Still medieval fans will appreciate this appealing tale of
love between two unlikely individuals.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 25, 2003