King Henry V's new French Queen, Catherine, dazzles the crowds in England, blithely unaware of court undercurrents building against her. Her loyal companion, Guillamette, suspects that the beautiful Eleanor Cobham, mistress to the Duke of Gloucester, is spying for him. Her warnings are ignored though, for Catherine believes herself invincible as she gives birth to an heir.
Tragedy strikes when King Henry is struck down by fever back in France and Catherine suffers further tragedy trying to reach his deathbed. A weak and weeping dowager queen follows the slow funeral cortège through France and the King's Harper, Owen Tudor, plays to comfort her.
Back in England, Gloucester persuades the regency council to remove the new young king from her care, and a defeated Catherine retires to her dower estates and asks Owen to go with her as Steward. At the secluded manor of Hadham, a smouldering ember bursts into flame and Catherine and Owen Tudor become lovers.
But their love cannot remain a secret forever, and when a grab for power is made by Gloucester, Catherine - and those dearest to her - will once again face mortal danger....
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 11 / 2013
- 197 x 130 x 35mm