A Dysfunctional Royal Family


Highlighting Historical Romance: Regan Walker

William the Conqueror died in Normandy in 1087. Robert, the eldest son, inherited the dukedom of Normandy. William, his middle son, succeeded his father as King of England. William was quick to seize the opportunity. Called “William Junior” by his contemporaries and dubbed “Rufus” by historians because of his ruddy complexion (his hair was blond), William II was skilled with a lance and well liked by his men. However, he frequently broke his word and constantly warred with the church, eventually drawing open disdain from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his male lovers who frequented his court.

What-William-Rufus-probably-looked-like Author's Blog Guest Author Highlighting Historical The Conqueror’s youngest son, Henry, received only silver at his father’s death and was bitter for it, often changing sides between his two warring brothers when doing so gained him lands.

It is against this background of a dysfunctional royal family my story is set.

In 1090, nobles loyal to Robert and William were at war with each other in Normandy, a war instigated by William himself. Henry, who had purchased lands from Robert, fought on the side of his eldest brother, but was soon abandoned by both his older brothers.

Early in the next year, William decided to personally intervene in Normandy, taking a force of knights with him. At the king’s side stood a noble and valued knight, Sir Alexander of Talisand, son of the legendary Red Wolf, whose men, out of respect, called him the Black Wolf.

For such a knight, only a woman of extraordinary character would do, one who had triumphed over hardship and shame, one who was not afraid to hunt with a wolf.

About the Book: King’s Knight 

ReganWalker_KingsKnight_800-200x300 Author's Blog Guest Author Highlighting Historical For every woman who ever believed she was unworthy of her dream…

HE SEIZED LIFE BY THE THROAT

Dubbed the Black Wolf for his raven hair, his fierceness in battle and his way with women, Sir Alexander of Talisand attacked life as he did the king’s enemies. But acclaim on the battlefield and his lusty escapades did not satisfy. King William Rufus would bind him to Normandy through marriage to one of its noblewomen, but the only woman Alexander wanted was a commoner he had saved from a terrible fate.

SHE KEPT MEN AT BAY WITH HER BOW

The shame of being the child of a Norman’s rape dogged Merewyn’s steps from her youth. Determined never to be a victim of a man’s lust like her mother, in Wales she donned the garb of an archer and developed extraordinary skill with a bow. Despite her fair beauty, men now keep their distance. No longer in need of protection from other men, can Merewyn protect herself from Alexander when he holds her heart yet can never be hers?

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This series captures the medieval era perfectly, creating the true sensation of traveling back in time to experience epic, riveting love stories that ignite the imagination. Beautifully written, perfectly paced and action-packed… What more can you ask?”

—  The Book Review

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Regan-Walker-profile-pic-200x300 Author's Blog Guest Author Highlighting Historical About the Author

Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. A lawyer turned full time writer, she has six times been featured on USA TODAY’s HEA blog and nominated four times for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf’s Prize won Best Historical Novel for 2015 in the medieval category).

Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown.” Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” Each of her novels features real history and historical figures. And, of course, adventure and love.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Dysfunctional Royal Family

  1. If high school history was as enlightening and fun as reading Regan Walker’s stories I would have been a straight A student!

    • I learned my love for history—and a heap of actual history–from reading fiction. I most certainly did not get it from my High School teachers. That is a pity.

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