The year of Our Lord 1140 began with a blizzard; the following snows continued into March. The winter’s iron bleakness mirrored the conditions of the country’s turbulent times; a civil war known as ‘The Anarchy’, with many factions fighting for the crown or position with any alliance that might win the conflict.
Battles and passions surge across the land, as the lust for power, wealth and dynasty consume so many. Rich people and poor alike, prepare for harsh times.
The young squire Walter, battles for survival and advancement, driven by burning ambition and a stout but lonely heart.
A captured slave, dressed in tatters, far from her exotic homeland, hopes for a next meal.
Is Walter a prisoner of his ruthless purpose? Will he survive his bold idea, a plan that surprised even the Earl of Warwick? We follow his struggles and desires.
Will anyone save the captives life, let alone her honour?
As alliances are made and often broken, who can be trusted and will romance bloom?
All are caught up in the swirling tides of fortune, as their story becomes our history.
About the Author
Mr Rod Banks, I’ve had an interesting life, or lives it sometimes feels like! A formal first career in the UK NHS, an informal second career in IT. Mix in 10 years in motorsport and several years in the British T.A. (like the US National Guard). I never read to my kids at bedtime, instead I made up different stories for them each night, Later with my second-time-around partner and soulmate, we couldn’t afford holidays (or have time away from our respective children), so I would tell her stories of where we *might* have gone – and what we *could* have done! After that, the writing developed naturally; I just needed a reduced work load to manage it all and, what do you know, COVID strikes. Seriously though, I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well in these difficult times. Semper Fi.