Since she solved a particularly nasty case of child murder using her forensic skills, Adelia Aguilar is deemed too valuable to send back to the School of Medicine in Salerno where she was trained. Instead, King Henry II has decided to keep her in England. This is bad news for Adelia - in free-thinking Salerno, women doctors are accepted but in twelfth-century England they're unheard of and regarded as witches. Under suspicion, and with her illegitimate child, Adelia is forced to live and practise in the secrecy of Cambridgeshire's fenland. But at Henry's court, terrible things are happening. Out of jealousy, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine is not only stirring up revolt against her husband, rumour has it that she has also poisoned Fair Rosamund Clifford - the King's favourite mistress.If Henry believes the stories, England will be torn apart as King battles Queen. In a race against time to prove that Eleanor is at least innocent of Rosamund's murder, Adelia is recruited by Rowley, her former lover and father of her child, to help avoid a civil war. It isn't easy. An assassin is on the loose and so is Queen Eleanor with a small army. Adelia encounters both as, in the middle of a terrible medieval winter, she tries to pierce the physical and metaphorical maze that surrounds Rosamund's tower and the mystery of the dead woman who lies frozen inside it.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ariana Franklin was born in Devon and at twenty became the youngest reporter then on Fleet Street. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Mistress of the Art of Death, The Death Maze and Relics of the Dead, all featuring anatomist Adelia Aguilar.
Photography © Mary Jane Russell