The Fool's Tale: A Novel by Nicole Galland
This book targets readers of historical and literary fiction. It is perfect for reading groups. It has been reviewed in Welsh publications, on Welsh regional radio, and in pb round-ups in national and regional newspapers. "An entertaining saga adeptly weaving together political intrigue and deceit, love that both unifies and divides, loyalty that teeters on treason, and the desire for freedom" Wales, 1198, a time of treachery, passion, and uncertainty. King Maelgwyn of Cadwallon, known as "Noble," struggles to protect his small kingdom from foes outside and within his borders. Pressured into a marriage of political convenience, he takes as his bride the young, headstrong Isabel Mortimer, niece of his powerful English nemesis. Through strength of character, Isabel wins her husband's grudging respect, but finds the Welsh court backward and barbaric. Before long, however, Gwirion and Isabel's mutual animosity is abruptly transformed, and the king finds himself as threatened by loved ones as by the enemies who menace his crown.