René de Merckes was out of sorts. His sole reason for accompanying John Elder on his clandestine visit to England was the hope of seeing Eleanor Elder … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 13
Shadow Of Doubt
This story fits within the Craft of Kings series set in the 1480s, between Book 3, Echoes of Treason and the final book, Crown of Fear, out later this year. However, the story itself is self-contained and can be read without any knowledge of the series – nor are there any major spoilers for the series.
By the early spring of 1485, the Elder family are still licking the wounds sustained in the abortive October Rebellion of 1483 against King Richard III. The head of the family, outlawed Lord John Elder has joined the pretender, Henry Tudor in France while his aunt and half-sister linger in the dubious safety of Ludlow.
Though John is one of the most wanted enemies of the crown, as long as the ladies have no contact with him, they are unlikely to be harmed by the king. King Richard’s closest adviser, William Catesby, knowing an invasion is certain, is keen to capture any of Tudor’s supporters if they land in England. Henry Tudor though is also anxious to find out who, among prominent Englishmen, he can rely upon. So in March 1485 he sends his trusted ally, John Elder to sound out one man who might hold the key to his success in the south west.
It was late in the evening – indeed getting beyond evening and closer to morning – yet no-one slept in Robert Poyntz’s household at Acton Court. Meg … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 12
It did not take long for Will to return to Acton Court where he entered by the north east gate – close to John’s chamber. As he crossed the small … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 11
By the late afternoon, John had thrust behind him the alarming events of the day and was already devising a plan to draw out the traitor. After all, … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Week 2
Watching from the trees, Hal could hear low voices from within the cottage but, though tempted to move closer to listen to what was being said, he … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 10
The two men eyed Eleanor with suspicion. “Come on, who wants to go first?” she demanded, tearing open her bodice. “I’m not that old!” The sight of … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 9
It was a cool night, so Eleanor was glad of the warm cloak she wore. All the same, the damp, earth floor upon which the two women sat was far from … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 8
“We should have taken one of the local lads with us,” grumbled Hal. “Couldn’t take the chance,” said Will. “We can’t trust anyone in this … [Read more...] about Shadow Of Doubt, Day 7