The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II
By Susan Higginbotham
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc, 2009
In fourteenth-century England, young Eleanor de Clare, favorite niece of King Edward II, is delighted with her marriage to Hugh le Despenser and her appointment to Queen Isabella”s household as a lady-in-waiting. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Eleanor”s beloved uncle is not the king the nobles of the land-or his queen-expected. Hugh”s unbridled ambition and his intimate relationship with Edward arouse widespread resentment, even as Eleanor remains fiercely loyal to her husband and to her king. But loyalty has its price. Moving from royal palaces to prison cells, from the battlefield to the bedroom, between hope and despair, treachery and fidelity, hatred and abiding love, “The Traitor”s Wife” is a tale of an extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times.