unusual book. st. jude's abbey trains young women in the knightly arts to protect the royal family.
I thought this was a fun read. It is set in 12th century England, Eleanor of Aquitaine has started an abbey to train young women in the martial arts and send them out on missions when no one else will do. I enjoy reading books with strong female characters. It's kind of fun to read a story where the damsel doesn't need rescuing and maybe will do a little rescuing of her own.
In twelfth-century England, St. Jude's Abbey is no ordinary sanctuary of prayer and ritual. Established by Eleanor of Aquitaine, it trains young women in the knightly arts, as well as martial arts from the East. In times of trouble these formidable women are called upon to protect the royal family and England. Elspeth Braybrooke is one such woman ...
At the behest of the queen, flame-haired Elspeth leaves St. Jude's Abbey for Wales in search of a cursed rock -- the Llech-lafar or "speaking stone". For a prophecy warns that if the king should step upoin it, he will die.
While riding along the coast, Tarran ap Llyr -- bastard grandson of Princess Nest -- comes upon a strange sight; a red-haired beauty hanging from a castle's arrow slit. Soon Tarran is shocked to discover that Elspeth is trying to get into the castle rather than falling out of it.
Elspeth recognizes in Tarran a kindred spirit. He, like her, is a well-trained warrior -- though while she is free-spirited, he is stern and guards his secrets closely. And Elspeth knows that on this quest, any Welshman is not to be trusted -- especially one whose very touch blinds her to every other thought ...
in 12 th century england st jude's abbey trains young women in the knightly artsit was established by queen eleanor these women are called upon by the queen in times of striff to protect the royal family
In twelfth century england St. Jude's Abbey is no ordinary sanctuary of prayer and ritual. Established by Queen Elenore it trains young women in the knightly arts as well as martial arts from the East. Elspeth Braybrooke is one such woman that was trained with the staff.
A good book that reminds me why I love historical romance.