The Gilded Crown (Lions and Lilies) (Volume 3)

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In the darkest of hours, courage must be found ... imon and Catherine Marshall travel to Edinburgh, determined to see the safe return of The Lady of Scotland, but they inadvertently uncover a royal deception. Floundering under the pressure of court life, Catherine is offered the guidance of Lady Agnes Dunbar, but what secret is the old lady hiding and why has she taken such an avid interest in the daily life of Lord and Lady Wexford? Trapped within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, Simon must choose where his loyalties lie, the consequence of which will decide the safety of his growing family. In France, Gillet de Bellegarde is instructed by the Duc de Berri to ingratiate the new English court in Bordeaux — his mission to seduce the Albrets back to the French throne, but when information comes to hand of a secret delivery to Prince Edward’s castle, Cécile is sent as an agent for the Vicomtesse de Gisors, to deliver a vital message to her husband. Her journey takes a turn for the worst when another deadly enemy raises its head — La Peste, otherwise known as the Black Plague. Catherine Pembroke and Cécile d’Armagnac solved the mystery that separated them in childhood (The Lily and the Lion) only to be forced apart as they each faced challenges that would decide their future happiness (The Order of the Lily). The Gilded Crown draws you back into the 14th century lives of Gillet and Cécile, Catherine and Simon as, between them all, they strive to right an injustice and uncover a document that could end the reign of one king and send another to war. This series has it all as far as I’m concerned. Plenty of historical facts, action aplenty with jousting tournaments and sword play, romance and ribald humour and a storyline that completely involves the reader right from the prologue. Well written, wonderfully researched with vivid characters, I congratulate the Catherines on their three novels so far in this exciting series. —John Morrow’s Pick of the Week Lions and Lilies will beguile readers with its compelling characters and nonstop drama. —Chanticleer Writing Competitions Through treacherous twists and turns, powerful and cunning adversaries, and even the plague, can Cécile and Catherine trust love and loyalty to overcome power, corruption and vicious enemies? A clever history lesson hidden in a gripping tale. —Kate Somerville, Kensington Review

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Catherine A Wilson My grandmother was a wonderful storyteller and I count myself fortunate to have been able to spend time with her and my great uncles and aunts, who loved nothing more than a good pot of tea with added lashings of gossip. It is their legacy that fuelled my genealogical addiction as I strove to identify fact from fiction and then record the information for posterity. From this sprouted my love of history, the urge to research and write and, eventually, to develop my own stories. At the suggestion of Anna Jacobs, another highly successful and talented Australian novelist, I joined Romance Writers Australia. One keystroke error placed me on a chat loop where I met my namesake, Cathy T. After making a crass remark concerning my rather plain name, our friendship was born. We began to regularly email one another, offering words of encouragement (the publishing world is a tough place for the uninitiated -- believe me), when Cathy T came upon the idea to create a novel along the lines of our real-time friendship. Hence, Lions and Lilies was born. Catherine T. Wilson My first lasting love? Hmm, I was fourteen when a friend handed me a book about a heroine in France during the 15th Century, and I fell in love with everything medieval. But maybe it didn’t start there. Come to think of it, when I was younger I devoured Alan Garner’s tales of sleeping knights in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, progressing to King Arthur and Ivanhoe, but somehow that French heroine always stayed with me. Catherine was born in Burnley, England, but moved to Australia when she was eleven months old. She grew up in Elizabeth, South Australia, relocating to Queensland when she was fourteen. She worked in communications, before finally deciding to fulfil her dream as a writer. The raw draft of her first novel, a Viking romance, won an encouragement award of $1,000 from six hundred entries, in a popular women’s magazine competition. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, she visited Europe in 2006 to witness the annual re-enactment of The Battle of Agincourt, and then travelled extensively throughout Britain and France, researching material for Lions and Lilies.

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