Love and loyalty. Betrayal and murder. What is the cost of a crown?
In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families - the Bruces and the Balliols - vie for the throne.
Robert the Bruce is in love with Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of an adherent of the ruthless Longshanks, King of England. In order to marry her and not give up his chances of someday becoming King of Scots, Robert must abandon his rebel ways and bide his time as Longshanks' vassal.
But Edward, Longshanks' heir, doesn't trust the opportunistic Scotsman and vows to one day destroy him. While quietly plotting his rebellion, Robert is betrayed by one of his own and must flee Longshanks' vengeance.
Aided by the unlikely brilliance of the soft-spoken young nobleman, James Douglas, Robert battles for his throne. Victory, though, is never certain and Robert soon learns that keeping his crown may mean giving up that which he loves most-his beloved Elizabeth.
The Crown in the Heather
Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT!!
What a story teller!
Extremely well written - felt like you were actually watching the events take place.
For me, one of those rare "can't put it down" books.
In her notes at the end of the book, Sasson alludes to the possibility of a past life as a contemporary of The Bruce. For one who has just turned the final page, this is not hard to believe. Her sense of period is impeccable, as is her ability to convey the reader to a Scottish glen, a rolling hillside, or a moorland in the midst of a storm. Best of all, at least for me, she never indulges in the glaring errors so apparently beloved by American authors writing novels set in European history. No strange crops grow, no one eats or drinks any substance unknown until Francis Drake travelled to the New World, and no one uses even the vaguest hint of modern idiom. Now add a rousing sGa off a fight for crown, and it can' get much better than this. My thanks to the author, and I' heading right to the bookstore for more.