Monica Bentley makes history sexy.
At a time when women were merely chattel, one woman forges her own path.
M'Lady Lela, countess of Brionde, has survived the bloody sack of Chateau Brionde. Her husband did not.
Far from enjoying freedom, now she lives with the daily expectation of a Summons from the king. How many days left of sweet air will she breathe before being ordered to the confines of court at the Palais de la Cite in Paris? How soon before she is ordered to marry, turning over all of her lands and her person to her new lord and master? How much longer before her body becomes sacrificed to the larger political aims of the crown?
The carnage of Poitiers looms in the background of this thrilling story of one woman's quest to negotiate the slippery shoals of court intrigue.
Inspired by historical events, Chateau of Longing helps us escape to an earlier time in this unforgettable tale of a woman coming into her own with love and resilience.
For mature readers only.
What drives you as a writer of history?
The story of people – their passions, flaws, redemption. No matter what time or place, we have the same dreams and nightmares.
What draws you to medieval France?
The pageantry, ambition, intrigue between nobles and royalty. Edward III looms large for Cressy and Poitiers, his bete noir being du Guesclin, one of the first practitioners of asymmetrical warfare. It's a wonderful stage on which to mount a story readers return to repeatedly.
Your heroines find their strength through their femininity.
The root of a woman's power lies in her sexuality. Though doomed to a society designed to keep them in the background, Emma of Normandy, Eleanor of Aquitaine or Elizabeth I come forward by using their sexuality to render men weak in the knees.
What sources of inspiration did you use?
Chroniclers Venerable Bede, Chaucer and Froissart, philosophers Aquinas, Bonaventura, and Teresa d’Avila, and classical and medieval historical and military authorities. Fencers will recognize my thrill of the fight.
*Please note that each of the Chateau of Love trilogy are completely standalone stories with no cliffhangers.
“Lots of political intrigue, plenty of chivalry, and an attention to detail that is rare in historical novels.”
“The adventures and deception draw one into the book keeping us enthralled...”
“Well written storyline that lured me right into the storyline from the very first page and the well detailed characters...”