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13 December 2020

Historical Fiction Spotlight: The Templar's Garden (Maid of Gascony Book 1) by Catherine Clover

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A young woman forced to fight for her beliefs. A chaplain with a secret that could determine the fate of a kingdom.

England, 1452. Under the reign of King Henry VI the country is on the brink of civil war after the Hundred Years’ War.

Young mystic Lady Isabelle d’Albret Courteault’s family is forced to flee the Duchy of English Gascony for a new and unforeseeable life in England. While they become established in the courts, Lady Isabelle discovers dark secrets about their chaplain and tutor. As their growing relationship places her in harm’s way, can she remain steadfast in her promises to uphold the monarchy and her faith?

Set amidst a period of grave uncertainty, this is the story of a woman learning to stand up for her beliefs in a patriarchal world - a beautifully crafted narrative of faith, love and grace.

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About the Author

Dr Catherine Clover was first introduced to the world of medieval knights and castles at the age of eight, and her interest in studying the history of the Middle Ages eventually led to the creation of The Maid of Gascony Series. While a graduate student at Trinity College, Oxford, Catherine would attend evensong at New College and the choir's recordings have been a source of great inspiration for the series. The Templar's Garden was begun while Catherine was completing her PhD in the History of Art, with a focus on medieval fortifications in Gascony. During this time she lived for several months in Bordeaux and Bazas while conducting research for her thesis. From this experience, and the people she met, the seeds for the narrative were planted. Catherine's research interests include the Wilton Diptych, as well as the writings and lives of the notable medieval female mystics Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe.When she is not working on her next manuscript Catherine enjoys singing with her church choir and spending time with her daughter and two dogs. Fine out more at Catherine's website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @catherinealette

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