The Silken Rose
The Silken Rose is the first in a new trilogy by the acclaimed historical novelist Carol McGrath - The She Wolves.
It is 1236. Ailenor of Provence, cultured and intelligent, is only thirteen when she meets her new husband, Henry III of England. A foreign and friendless princess in a strange land she is determined to please him. And she knows that when the times comes she must provide an heir, to secure the throne against those who would snatch it away.
Rosalind, a commoner skilled in the arts of needlework and embroidery, catches the young queen's attention and a friendship blossoms. But she is unprepared for the dangerous ramifications of winning the queen's favour ...
As closeness, and soon love, develops between Ailenor and Henry, so too does her influence on her husband and her power at court. As France and Wales provide constant threat, and England's barons increasingly resent her influence, Ailenor must learn to be ruthless. Who should she encourage her husband to favour? Who can she trust?
'Powerful, gripping and beautifully told' - Kate Furnivall, author of The Liberation
'A feast for the senses and highly recommended' - Deborah Swift, author of Pleasing Mr Pepys
'Well-researched . . . Fascinating' - Joanna Courtney