Susan Taylor is a little girl who wants to be a queen. A thrilling encounter with a real queen is a fairy-tale for her - with unexpected consequences which change her life, making her unable to fit in with her peers.
Forced to move to the capital several years later, the now sixteen year old catches the eye of the widowed king. His attention could be equally disastrous, for the Church is stretching its muscles and doesn’t approve of mistresses, and the nobles would prefer their own daughters in the king’s bed, not to mention with the king’s ear.
Adrift in a sea of intrigue, Susan finds unexpected strength and help at hand. But are they really her friends? Can she trust them when it matters? Most important of all, can she trust her own instincts?
This is the early life of one of the more engaging characters from In Search of Spice, and it opens up a window into conditions in Harrhein - and indeed into the history of Europe.
Many of the characters are reminiscent of famous people from history, and it is fun working out who they are.
A romp through 16th century Europe as it might have been, offering insights into the ordinary lives of people.
Princes and Kings, intrigue, magic, affairs, military skills, early dances, the theatre. A book that takes you at pace through history, making you wonder what really happened.
About the Author
He has had an interesting life - as a youngster worked his passage on a container ship to Australia where he worked as a cowboy, gold-miner, door-to-door salesman and fruit-picker, before switching from Zoology to the Army to study at Sandhurst.
He saw active service in Northern Ireland and was Logistics Officer for Operation Drake in Indonesia. A country manager for an international tobacco trader at 25, he spent two years during the Cold War with MI6 before returning to the UK where he and his wife raised his two sons while working in marketing and publishing, with forays into NLP, charity conservation work and personal development. Now they are adult, he and his wife have moved back to the Far East where he travels, writes and researches from his base in Ubud, Bali.
He has always had a passion for writing and this was rekindled by telling stories he made up on the spot to his sons.
His hobbies are angling, reptiles, orchids, reading and hockey, though he fears that in his late 50's he is now a little old to keep playing the latter.
His wide experience and knowledge are interwoven into the tapestry of his writing.
If you have any questions for Rex, please feel free to use his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/harrhein
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements III
Dramatis Personae VI
Historical Notes VIII
Three Little Girls 1
Feeding the Dragon 3
A Bouquet for a Queen 19
Thief in the Night 29
The Harvest Ball 39
A New Court 125
First Blood 178
The Wagonmaster 213
About the Author 233