It's a time of upheaval in England and no less so than in Knightbridge. King Edward II has been defeated in battle by his wife Queen Isabella and she crowns their son who becomes King Edward III. With the Queen's authority Sir Roland returns to Kingsbridge as the new Earl of Shiring, arresting the current Earl for treason. Roland agrees to spare the lives of his two sons, with Ralph becoming his squire while Merthin is apprenticed to Elfric Builder. He also arrests Edmund Wooler but the condemned man's daughter Caris and his sister Petranilla buy his freedom. Caris takes an interest in medicine and learns from Mattie Wise, the barber's daughter. A wounded Knight, Sir Thomas Langley, makes his way to Kingsbridge priory in the hope of becoming a monk. He carries a great secret.
Did You Know?
The "poisonous" mushroom used by Petranilla to poison Caris' mother is clearly a Chanterelle and very edible. The only lookalike to a Chanterelle that is mildly poisonous is a Jack-o-lantern which only would give cramps but would not be lethal so a poor choice if you would want to kill someone. Jack-o-lantern is also not indigenous to the UK and almost impossible to find. See more
She is young and willful. She only needs taming.
I need a wife, not a horse.