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.Review:
Vivid scenes of warfare and the harshness of mediaeval life...the descriptions of Sir Guy's journey from hopeful youth to weathered witness are imbued with the authenticity of the period' Historical Novel Society magazine 'This involving story has humour and passion, but also poses questions about the morality of waging war, and the courage necessary to fight in it or to stand against it.' Good Book Guide 'Will Davenport has written a powerful novel about a journey across Europe in the fourteenth century by a man reviewing his own past and his own sin. The characters are utterly convincing as they struggle with the wild conditions of mediaeval Europe and their own guilts and fears. This is also a time-shift book. The hero's modern descendant is facing her own destiny and is forced to confront the dangers in her own, contemporary society. It is a novel about England and the nature of being English across six centuries which will fascinate any lover of good historical fiction.' Philippa Gregory Praise for THE PAINTER 'Thrilling resonance between past and present, painting and people' Tony Parsons 'Exciting, grips the reader' Evening Press
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