Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently spending time in Scotland and York to research her books. She is the author of the best selling Owen Archer series, set in medieval York in the third quarter of the 14th century. A place quite close to my own home. I have read all of the books and find them fascinating.
For those unfamiliar with the Owen Archer novels, as the name suggest Owen is a once Captain of Welsh Archers. He has only one good eye, the other being removed by a woman of ill-repute, but that is another tale. He is now the captain of the guard for Archbishop Thoresby, the Archbishop of York. Owen is married to Lucy, who owns an apothecary shop in York.
Owen's master, the Archbishop lies close to death and Owen is determined that Thorseby will be peaceful. However Thorseby has agreed to a visit from Princess Joan, who wishes to take advice from him regarding the royal succession. However things are never that simple and within minutes of the royal party arriving it becomes apparent that a servant who apparently had an accident and subsequently died, was in fact murdered. This is just the start of a plot that begins to thicken with every hour. The servant may be the first to die, but he certainly will not be the last . . .