Another excellent historical tale from Diana Norman who doesn't try to disguise just how nasty life could be in the past but doesn't dish out the horror in the detail to give one nightmares, unless one extrapolates too much. A likeable heroine based on a real life, in a plot that is set against the conquest of Ireland by the Normans under Henry II who used the chance to hand over the Celtic church to Rome in order to offset the price he had to pay for the assassination of Thomas A'Beckett.
Why, oh why doesn't some enterprising publisher re-issue her back catalogue?
Much as I enjoy her books written as Ariana Franklin I do wish she would go back to writing as Diana Norman and give us some nice meaty historicals.
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