"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
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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 Wild Justice, the fourteenth in my series featuring Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas of the Order of Fontevraud.
Before Baron Hugh joins his king's army, he begs his sister, Prioress Eleanor, to carry his grant of rents and a private letter to the Hospitaller priory of nuns at Mynchen Buckland in Somerset. Both must be handed only to Prioress Amicia. When Prioress Eleanor, Brother Thomas, and Sister Anne arrive, they discover that Prioress Amicia has been imprisoned, convicted of murder, and awaits sentencing by the Prior of England, the Order's regional head. After reading Baron Hugh's letter, the condemned woman tearfully begs Tyndal's prioress to prove her innocence, claiming she didn't commit the crime.
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"History is the essence of innumerable biographies."
—Thomas Carlyle, "On History," 1838