As a Kingdom Trembles With Revolt, a Knight and His Lady Must Choose Between Duty and Love in the Medieval Historical, A Child Upon the Throne, by Mary Ellen Johnson
Medieval England following the death of Edward III in 1377 through the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381
As a young knight, Matthew Hart had loved war. How could he not when England’s warrior king, Edward III, and his son, the Black Prince, won battle after battle against the perfidious French? Even the kingdom’s poorest yeomen returned home loaded with plunder from their enemy’s ravaged castles and towns.
And so England prospered.
But Edward III and his son are dead, a boy king, Richard II, sits on the throne, and England’s martial victories are a faded memory. A disillusioned Matthew wants only to reunite with his long-time leman, Margery Watson, and live out his days far away from the royal court. For Matthew understands the truth of that biblical phrase, “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child.” But Margery, who is the daughter of a peasant woman and a lord, is torn in her loyalties. To be with the knight she’s loved since childhood or to side with the commons, including her stepbrother and the hedge-priest, John Ball? For while England’s nobility still live high, the commoners, overburdened with taxes and chafing at their servile status, are ripe for revolt. When the spark ignites and thousands march on London vowing to overthrow all those in power save the boy king himself, Margery must choose between her knight and a cause she believes right and true.
From the Publisher: Readers with a passion for history will appreciate the author's penchant for detail and accuracy. In keeping with being authentic to the era, this story contains scenes of brutality which are true to the time and man's inhumanity. There are a limited number of sexual scenes and NO use of modern vulgarity.
From the Author: When crafting a story, I am ever mindful of the parallels between the past and present. Endless wars, indifferent rulers, rising taxes, and corruption, all of which inevitably resulted in a bloody insurrection. An insurrection that, while unsuccessful in the short term, was even referenced by our Founding Fathers during their struggle for freedom. As William Faulkner said, “The past isn’t dead; it’s not even past,” so a knowledge of history is imperative.
THE KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND, in series order
The Lion and the Leopard
A Knight There Was
Within A Forest Dark
A Child Upon The Throne