In a country at war, a secret inheritance reveals a dark conspiracy …
On a sunlit afternoon in seventeenth-century Dorset, a young girl falls in love with a stranger.
But when her Puritan brother tries to force her into an unbearable marriage she flees, taking with her only the gift left to her by her unknown father, a gold pendant sealed by an engraving of an axe, and the words: St Matthew.
One of four intricately wrought seals – each holding a secret within – it can, when combined with the other three, bring great wealth and power. This power is her true inheritance – but it’s a perilous legacy others will kill for …
‘A virtuoso of historical fiction’ Sunday Telegraph
About the author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.
A crowning mercy
Not quite sure what to make of this. Blends Georgette Heyer with sadistic violence. Not a bad story though. The typographic setting is very poor. Lots of missed spaces so words are run together. Distracts from the narrative at crucial moments.