Alais Capet #2
On Sale: July 1, 2009
Featuring: AlaÔs Capet
Hardcover / e-Book
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Mystery Historical | Mystery Woman Sleuth
AlaÔs, the spirited and indomitable princess of France,
returns for another thrilling adventure in this historically
rich, mesmerizing sequel to The Canterbury Papers
When I settled back among the velvet
cushions, the scenes from the cathedral replayed themselves
before my unwilling eyes: the odd chalice, the way Constance
looked at it, the interruption of Mass by the armed knights,
the strange response of Chastellain to the king's inquiry.
A whisper within me matched the clap-clap of the horses'
hooves on the stones of the Paris road: There is more here;
there is more here.
Paris, October 1207.
There is nothing that Princess AlaÔs of France wants more
than to settle down with her lover, William of Caen, and to
reveal to his ward, Francis, that she is his mother.
But intrigue is afoot in the palace: two monks have
arrived from Rome on a mission to compel her brother,
Philippe, the king, to help them battle a dangerous
breakaway Christian sect in the south known as the Cathars.
At the same time, AlaÔs's aunt, the dowager countess
Constance of Toulouse, is causing trouble in court, and
Etienne Chastellain, the king's chief official, appears to
be up to something more sinister than usual.
Tensions are pushed to the brink when the St. John Cup, a
relic much prized by the Cathars, is stolen, and then young
Francis goes missing. Frantic for his safety, AlaÔs will
risk life and limb to find the boy. Donning a disguise, the
royal princess must outwit cunning enemies and make her way
into unfamiliar territory to save her son, and perhaps even
prevent her beloved France from a bloody holy war.
From the opulent halls of Paris to austere monasteries in
the south of France, The Rebel Princess combines
history and suspense in an unforgettable tale involving one
of the most enigmatic and intriguing female figures in
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