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Today an excerpt from 

Days of Sun and Glory

by Anna Belfrage

 ebook #2 in The King’s
Greatest Enemy

(Allow me to introduce Queen Isabella, at current essentially the most sad spouse
of Edward II.  Isabella performs a central
function in my sequence The King’s Greatest Enemy however she isn’t as weak as
she is within the beneath. After all, Isabella is a agency believer in shaping your individual
future wen so required… )

stabling their horses and discovering their lodging, Adam escorted Kit to the
corridor, snugly positioned throughout the inside curtain wall. Behind them the white
maintain loomed, within the inside bailey a gaggle of small boys had been taking part in a loud
sport with a ball, and within the corridor itself the nippiness of winter reigned, with
Queen Isabella talking with a lot ice in her voice it was a miracle the phrases
didn’t fall to the ground and shatter into fragments.

“You are doing what?” Isabella stood so straight she
resembled a lance.

“I have confiscated your dower estates – for now,” the king
replied offhandedly, his eyes on something however his spouse.

“You don’t have any proper! Those are my lands, mine, given to me
by contract! How dare you?”

“I have every right!” The king rose from his chair. “Your
lands are finally my lands – as all are lands on this, my kingdom!” He
glared on the assembled barons, shoulders shoved ahead in a menacing stance.

“But why? What have I done—”

“I’ve cause to suspect you might have consorted with

“Traitors?” Prince Edward gasped. “My lady mother?”

The king blinked, taking a look at his son as if he had simply
realised he was there. He beckoned him in direction of him, however as a substitute the prince
shifted nearer to his mom, mouth setting in a straight gash.

“I’ve executed nothing of the type! Where is your proof? Your
witnesses?” the queen demanded.

“I have no need for proof.”

“So I am accused and judged guilty on what? On his say-so?”
The queen spun round, pointing at Lord Despenser. “Is it his toxic lies
that you simply imagine, my liege? His preposterous accusations that you simply act upon?”

Despenser virtually tripped in his haste to distance himself
from the indignant queen.

“I follow my own counsel!” the king roared.

“Your own counsel?” The queen laughed out loud.

“Silence!” The king had gone the color of a scalded ham.
With an effort, he composed himself. “I’ve determined to alleviate you of your
dower lands. With the upcoming battle with France, the dominion wants the earnings,
and absolutely you’ll not begrudge me the monies I have to construct up a defensive
military, will you?”

“And what of my expenses?” The queen demanded.

“Your bills will probably be coated – at a stage I discover
affordable.” King Edward inclined his head barely. “My queen should stay as her
place requires.”

“A level you find reasonable?” the queen echoed. “What
exactly does that imply, husband?”

“It means I control the purse strings.” The king smirked. “I
dare say there will probably be some minor adjustments.”

“What changes?” the prince demanded. At virtually twelve, he
was already as tall as his mom, and standing aspect by aspect along with her, they
appeared remarkably alike – besides in colouring.

“That is a matter between your mother and me,” the king
snapped, making the prince flush. The king relented. “We should all economise, my
son. Arms and troopers are costly.”

“Couldn’t you’ve got requested Maman to contribute as a substitute of
stealing her lands?” The prince’s voice shook.

“Tread carefully, my son,” the king warned.

Adam pressed his lips collectively. Now was not the second for
his lord to blow up into the famed Angevin mood, nevertheless spectacular his
lordling appeared. Apparently, the queen agreed, and she or he stated one thing in a low
and earnest voice that had Prince Edward at first shaking his head. Everyone
heard him mutter, “But it isn’t right, Maman!” and everybody noticed him glare at
Despenser, who quailed below the burden of his stare.

“Will he flee the nation, do you assume, as soon as the prince
turns into king?” Kit murmured in Adam’s ear.

“He will try,” Adam replied, simply as low. But God wouldn’t
be so unjust as to permit Despenser to flee, and Adam knotted his palms,
pondering of other methods to make Despenser pay for every little thing he’d executed.

By the dais, the prince knelt earlier than his father and mumbled
an apology. The king ruffled his hair, and the prince tensed, very like a cur
anticipating to be kicked.

“He won’t forgive his father for this,” Adam stated, watching
as Prince Edward regained his toes.

“I fear there is more to come,” Kit whispered again, nodding
within the path of Despenser, now together with his head very near the king’s. The
king nodded and stated one thing in a low voice to the queen.

“What?” The queen had no compunction about holding her
voice down. She appeared from the king to Eleanor de Clare and again once more.
“You’re putting her in charge of John’s household? Why her?”

“Why not her?” the king requested.

“Because she’s your lapdog’s wife!” the queen screeched.
“And he, Hugh Despenser, he wants to steal my children’s affection from me.”
She hugged her eldest son shut.

“You hear that, Hugh? My lapdog?” The king laughed. No one
else did, least of all Despenser, who was wanting on the queen as if he would
gladly disembowel her there after which. “Our
son is sufficiently old to have his personal family,” the king continued calmly. “John
should be introduced up nearer to courtroom, whereas his sisters—”

“Yes, what about his sisters – my daughters?”

Our daughters
will probably be transferred into the care of Roger and Isabel Monthermer.”

“His sister!” Yet once more, the queen pointed at Hugh
Despenser. “And you,” Queen Isabella rounded on Eleanor de Clare, “don’t
imagine I don’t know that you simply’re behind all this. I swear that at some point I’ll
do to you what is finished to me immediately. I’ll take your valuable kids from
you, and you’ll rue the day you took mine.”

Lady Eleanor’s face crumpled, eyes darting to the king.

“What nonsense is this?” The king scowled at his spouse.
“Eleanor had nothing to do with this – and apart from, you appear to neglect, my
girl, that it’s I, not you, who has the final word say in our youngsters’s lives.
All of our youngsters,” he added considerably, taking a look at his eldest son.

“Previously, you’ve got at all times mentioned these points with
me,” the queen flared, “not with them.” Queen Isabella checked out Eleanor de
Clare as if the lady was a maggot-infested corpse. Under that brilliant inexperienced
stare the girl shrank, urgent again towards her husband, who appeared as
discomfited as his spouse.

“I do as I please,” the king retorted.

“You always do as you please, not as you must,” the queen
stated. “And immediately, at your pleasure, you’ve got disadvantaged me of my earnings and my
say in how our youngsters’s lives ought to be ordered.” She bowed. “I’ve no
choice however to obey, being your loyal spouse and topic, however I concern that for
this, my lord husband, you’ll undergo the eternal fires of Hell. God will
punish you as I, weak girl that I’m, can not. This, my lord, will value you
every little thing. Everything.”

The king paled. “Are you then my enemy?”

“Your enemy? I’m your spouse, the mom of your kids.
Have I ever not executed my responsibility by you? Is this the way you repay me? By stealing
every little thing away from me?”

“It is best this way,” the king stated.

“So says every thief!” The queen drew herself as much as stand
as straight as a lance earlier than the king. “Tell me, my lord, was this your individual
little scheme? Or is it Despenser who thinks, when you merely obey?”

A hush adopted these phrases.

“Maman,” Prince Edward groaned, taking a step in direction of his

“Do not move, son,” the king snapped, his gaze by no means
leaving his queen. “You will do as I bid and go with Lady Eleanor – now!”

Lady Eleanor made as if to take the prince by the arm.

“Do not touch me!” The prince reared again. “I’ll do as my
father instructions, however I cannot tolerate your palms on my physique.” Prince Edward
appeared on the king, and at Queen Isabella. “I excuse myself, my lord,” he stated,
bowing to his father. “My lady mother.” He knelt earlier than her, and Isabella’s
eyes blazed in triumph. Before anybody might cease him, the prince obtained to his
toes and left.

“I must go after him,” Adam murmured to Kit.

“As I must go after her,” Kit replied, nodding within the
path of the queen, already leaving the corridor in a flurry of skirts.


Isabella devastated? Oh sure. Is she down for the depend? Oh, no!)


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About the writer

Had Anna been allowed to decide on, she’d have
grow to be a time-traveller. As this was inconceivable, she grew to become a monetary
skilled with two absorbing pursuits: historical past and writing. Anna has
authored the acclaimed time travelling sequence The Graham Saga, set in 17th
century Scotland and Maryland, in addition to the equally acclaimed medieval sequence
The King’s Greatest Enemy which is ready in 14th century
England.  Anna has additionally revealed The
, a fast-paced up to date romantic suspense trilogy with
paranormal and time-slip components.

At current, Anna is tough at work with the subsequent instalment of her
“Castilian” sequence. Once once more, she returns to the medieval world. In His
Castilian Hawk
, she transports us again to Wales throughout Edward I’s conquest.
In The Castilian Pomegranate, the reader is invited alongside to medieval
Castile and Aragon, locations rife with intrigue and betrayal. The subsequent ebook is as
but anonymous, however is ready in England.

Anna has additionally lately revealed a brand new time journey novel, The
Whirlpools of Time
.  Join Duncan and the considerably reluctant
time-traveller Erin on their adventures by means of the Scottish Highlands simply as
the primary Jacobite insurrection is about to blow up.

All of Anna’s books have been awarded the IndieBRAG
Medallion, she has a number of Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choices, and one
of her books gained the HNS Indie Award in 2015. She can be the proud recipient
of varied Reader’s Favorite medals, a number of Discovered Diamond
awards and has additionally gained numerous Gold, Silver
and Bronze Coffee Pot Book Club awards.

Find out extra about Anna, her books and luxuriate in her
eclectic historic weblog on her web site, www.annabelfrage.com 

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