During the reign of the first Elizabeth, genealogists discover that Freyja of Langtree, daughter of the Earl of Redcliffe, is the last surviving heir of the defeated House of York. In fact, Freyja has a better title to the throne than the queen herself. With the proviso that there must be no clandestine murder or other harm done to the girl, Elizabeth agrees to have Freyja imprisoned in the Tower. Fearing that Freyja might be a cause for reigniting the wars of the Roses, Elizabethâ€™s ministers arrange for Freyja to be abducted from her cell and sent to the harem of the corsair, Bey of Algiers, Kheir al Din, where by dint of sexual innovation, Freyja survives to become the Beyâ€™s favourite concubine. When a Spanish fleet bombards Algiers the Bey is killed and, in the confusion, Freyja is able to escape, eventually to return to England and the arms of her lover.
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