To See a Fine Lady

When, at the Pollards Harvest Supper of 1817, Araminta Glover was seduced by Jan Honeywood, the outcome seemed inevitable. Araminta, like so many servant girls, would marry her...

The House at Sunset

“At the age of seven I was a skilful pickpocket. I could sew neatly, write a tolerable hand, make a curtsey and a correct introduction, dance a little and play simple tunes on...

Esther

Ataxerxes, King of Persia needed a wife. This powerful warrior lord picked the one girl who would have given anything to have been passed over, a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the...

Jassy

She was the daughter of a preacher and a gypsy. A strange and elusive child with powers of prophecy, she grew into an even stranger woman. From those around her she inspired love...

Here Was a Man

Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the brightest stars in the Elizabethan firmament. Born into relative obscurity in rural Devon, he grew up in the company of smugglers and fishermen,...

Madselin

When William the Conqueror wished to reward his armourer, he made him a grant of land – land worked by freemen and already belonging to a Saxon lord. But the men of the Conquest...

The Town House

“It was in the first week of October in the year 1391 that I first came face to face with the man who owned me… the man whose lightest word was to us, his villeins, weightier...

The Lute Player

Out of the courts of twelfth-century England strode the legendary figure of Richard of England – leading his knights onto the Saracen battlefields – inspired by a vision of...

Scent of Cloves

Julia Ashley was born to a life of dramatic twists and tragedy. Her future and any possible lasting happiness depended entirely on a “glove marriage” to a man who was no more...

The House at Old Vine

The House at Old Vine is the second in a trilogy of novels by Norah Lofts about the inhabitants of a Suffolk house from the late fourteenth century to the middle of the twentieth....