Introducing Eleanor of Castile
I loved writing The Damask Rose, second novel in The She Wolf Series of books about medieval queens who were regarded as difficult by their contemporaries. This book’s heroine is Eleanor of Castile who gathered up a large property portfolio thus annoying Barons who when in debt sold manors and lands to her. She bought up their properties and debts cheaply. Many disliked this able thirteenth century business woman and queen. Her husband, however, adored her and when she died Edward I erected the famous Eleanor Crosses to commemorate her final funeral journey. Charing Cross derives its name from one of the Eleanor crosses. I off set Eleanor’s story with that of a medieval female gardener in The Damask Rose. See the blurb below.
Eleanor loved gardens and introduced many ideas and now popular flowers such as hollyhocks into English gardens from Castile. Stone Masons from Aragon constructed water features and statues in Eleanor’s castle gardens. Eleanor enjoyed beautiful objects and comforts in her many homes. She loved books and was a blue-stocking. It is said she was responsible for floor carpets as well as gorgeous hanging woven tapestries, ideas brought from Spain.
The Blurb for The Damask Rose
of Castile, adored wife of the Crown Prince of England, is still only a princess when she is held hostage in the brutal
Baron's Rebellion, and her baby daughter dies. Scarred by privation, a bitter
Eleanor swears revenge on those who would harm her family -
and vows never to let herself be vulnerable again.
As she rises to become Queen, Eleanor keeps Olwen - a trusted herbalist, who tried to save her daughter - by her side. But it is dangerous to be friendless in a royal household, and as the court sets out on crusade, Olwen and Eleanor discover that the true battle for Europe may not be a matter of swords and lances, but one fanned by whispers and spies . . .
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Carol McGrath is the author of the acclaimed She-Wolves Trilogy, which
began with the hugely successful The Silken Rose and continues with the brand
new The Damask Rose. Born in Northern Ireland, she fell in love with historical
fiction at a young age, when exploring local castles, such as Carrickfergus,
and nearby archaeological digs- and discovering some
ancient bones herself. While completing a degree in History, she became
fascinated by the strong women who were silenced in record. Her first novel,
The Handfasted Wife, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association
Awards, and Mistress Cromwell was widely praised as a timely feminist retelling
of Tudor court life. Her novels are known for their intricacy, depth of
research and powerful stories.
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