The King’s Greatest Enemy
A weak king, a rebellious baron. A kingdom on the brink of civil war, an adulterous wife and an ambitious royal favourite. A blackmailed bride and an honourable knight, torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his wife and his future king. Welcome to the world of Adam de Guirande!
I’ve always been fascinated by men who stick to their convictions, no matter what. Roger Mortimer has always struck me as being one such man – determined to fight for his rights in the face of overwhelming opposition.
Brave and resourceful, Baron Mortimer was one of the powerful Marcher Lords, a loyal servant of the Crown who did his best to serve his king, the somewhat fickle Edward II.
It was Mortimer’s misfortune that Edward developed a special affection for Hugh Despenser, a sworn enemy of the Mortimers. It was England’s misfortune that Edward set his favourite’s interests before those of his realm.
In 1321, the barons had had enough and rose in rebellion, led by Mortimer and Thomas of Lancaster. They marched on London and forced Edward to exile the hated Hugh. But once Edward had licked his wounds, he struck back, and suddenly Mortimer was fighting for his life.
That, dear readers, is the background to my new series, featuring Adam de Guirande, Sir Roger’s faithful captain, and Kit, Adam’s wife. Theirs will be a life of much upheaval, of adventure and distress, as the wheel of fortune turns and turns…