Discover a sumptuous and haunting novel of medieval loves, lies and loyalties. Slapton, Devon, 1372. Sir Guy de Bryan, trusted friend of Edward III, consecrates a magnificent Chantry, his personal bulwark against the torments of purgatory. Yet he is known as an honorable man. Why should he fear for his eternal soul? Sir Guy harbours three sins, violations of the chivalric code he holds so dear. The first, he has atoned for; he was more of a witness than perpetrator of the second; the third he cannot confess. Yet when he is called upon to lead a dangerous mission across the Alps, he finds one of his companions strangely interested in his tale. The young squire has an uncanny ability to draw out the truth...and in doing so, elicits a remarkable story of rivalry, murderous deception and deep passion. Over six hundred years later, high-flying policy adviser Beth Battock is forced to return to her home village in Devon when her prized career is rocked by scandal. Prompted by a local stone carver, who is painstakingly restoring the searing inscription once displayed on the Chantry, Beth must recognise her own history and that of her family, the thread that binds them to the de Bryans, and that the consequences of her actions cannot be divorced from what went before, in love and war. Will Davenport has taken a potent collection of historical facts and woven them into an astoundingly haunting and compelling novel. In medieval and modern times, mankind makes the same mistakes; but the words of a wise knight who lived it all, both politically and personally, have a clarity that resonates through the centuries.
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Will Davenport is the pseudonym of author, James Long, who lives in Bristol. At the time he wrote this book, he lived a few miles inland from Slapton in Devon where much of it is set. The central character of James's popular novel Ferney makes a cameo appearance - and that same incident involving Sir Guy de Bryan plays an important part in James's 'Ferney' sequel, 'The Lives She Left Behind' published by Quercus. James Long is the author of many books, historical fiction, non-fiction and thrillers. You can read more about James's books on his website, jameslongbooks.com.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007165021
Book Description HARPER COLLINS, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780007165025 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0982250