It is 1299 and as part of a treaty of peace between England and France, Marguerite, the nineteen-year-old sister of the French king, is married to her brother’s enemy, the elderly Edward I. Marguerite expects nothing from this marriage other than a lifetime of dutiful obedience. But Edward is a man experienced in the art of pleasing a woman and awakens unexpected passions in his young bride.
Used by her stepchildren as a peacemaker and by her husband as a vessel for the sons he craves, Marguerite believes she is content until she comes to desire a man who is not her husband and whose interests run counter to those of the king. But when the quicksands of a Scottish war move beneath her feet and her beloved stepson rebels against his father, she is engulfed in a nightmare of brutal conquest and barbarous retribution.
The Pearl of France tells the story of a royal marriage where passion runs high and jealousy bites deep but nothing can protect you from your husband’s world of treachery, murder and hideous bloody revenge.
Praise for Caroline Newark’s The Pearl of France
‘A very well-written and compelling novel … Highly recommended!’
Kathryn Warner author of Edward II, The Unconventional King