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I am continuing snippets from my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading. I'm happy to announce the book, Dame Audrey, is on pre-order for release on the 27th.
My heroine, Audrey, was attacked by a robber and met the hero, Selwyn Drake.
You can read last week’s snippet here – https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/08/no-hedge-born-churl-snippet-from.html
Here are the last lines for context: Glaring at the bailiff, Henry Goldsmith protested, “Preposterous. I’m no hedge-born churl. Who are you to fling orders at an eminent town merchant?”
His voice resonant with authority, he said, “The High Sheriff’s appointed bailiff, Selwyn Drake; I will grant no exceptions to the law.”
Henry’s broad face purpled in rage and he spluttered an oath. Curbing his anger, the brushed back his hood and doffed his red velvet cap, “Dame Audrey can vouch for my good name.”
Gleeful at his predicament in being forced to plead for my aid, I smiled and curtsied; “Good day, Henry.” Nodding at the bailiff, I said, “I can vouch for Henry Goldsmith; he is a jeweler by trade and a senior member of the town guild.”
“Despite your good name, Master Goldsmith, I must ask you to accompany me to the reeve’s hall as a witness. After you have testified of the man’s crime for the records, you can recover your goods.” Selwyn Drake gestured to the other victims, “All of you must come to press your claim to the stolen purses.”
One of the men slunk away, as did the dubious slattern.
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But several of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.
Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.
Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a husband’s will?
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