While much is known about Hugh le Despenser and his role in the downfall of King Edward II, history tends to overlook the woman behind the man. Susan Higginbotham takes this on in her novel of Eleanor le Despenser, The Traitor's Wife.
We meet Eleanor prior to her being married to Hugh, as a repayment of a debt owed by her father. Her uncle has just become King Edward II and Piers Gaveston is the "favorite" at this time, and he is returning from exile. Rumors of the nature of their true relationship run amouk through the court...
This is an intriguing medieval historical epic starring a courageous real fourteenth century person. The story line brings to life the Edward II reign so that the audience obtains a taste of the era.
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