* * * * *One face stands out from the others as they leave the church; he is one of Edward’s men, a bleak man with a black beard and dark eyes. Even a girl as young as Isabella knows when a man is looking at her in a manner that he should not. He scares her, in that first glimpse, there is a savagery to his face that is unmistakeable even in a crowded and candlelight church. He does not belong among the purple, she decides; his real trade is written plainly on his face.
Later, at the feast, she asks one of her ladies who he is. They do not know; enquiries are made of the English party. Someone whispers to her that his name is Roger Mortimer, and he is one of Edward’s barons. Once she catches him staring at her across the hall. She looks quickly away and never turns back in that direction again.
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Genre – Historical Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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