"Priscilla Royal understands the human heart, the medieval mind,
and how to ratchet up the suspense with each turning page."
—Sharon Kay Penman, NYT bestselling author
Welcome to thirteenth century England where our assumptions about the medieval world may be shaken and the inhabitants of those distant centuries begin to resemble friends, neighbors, and even family. As a writer of historical mysteries, I want to honor the past by allowing characters to speak and act within the context of their world but without making the mistake that everyone thought and behaved exactly the same. Language and fashion may change, but human nature does not. And keep in mind that what is the past to us was the immediate present to our ancestors, just as today will be history to our descendants.
Now available from Poisoned Pen Press is Land of Shadows, the twelfth in series featuring Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas of the Order of Fontevraud.
Violence always begets violence. Death wields his scythe with abandon. One of the queen's ladies is found hanged. The first accused is Prioress Eleanor's nephew. Or might it be the Jewish grandmother who came with her orphaned grandchildren to beg mercy from the queen? Or was it the one thought to be the dead woman's lover, a man who is also the woman's brother-in-law?
Once again, Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas are drawn into foul murder, even as they must endure their own sorrows.
"History is the essence of innumerable biographies."
—Thomas Carlyle, "On History," 1838