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The Fool's Tale: A Novel of Medieval Wales

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The Fool's Tale: A Novel of Medieval Wales

Wales, 1198: a time of treachery, passion and uncertainty. King Maelgwyn ap Cadwallon, familiarly known as Noble, struggles to protect his small kingdom from foes both outside and inside his borders. Pressured into a marriage of political convenience, he takes as his bride the young, headstrong Isabel Mortimer, niece of his powerful English nemesis.

Through strength of character, Isabel wins her husband's grudging respect, but finds the Welsh court backward and barbaric -- especially Noble's oldest friend and confidant, the rascally Gwirion, a charismatic prankster who delights in making the foreign-born queen feel unwelcome. Before long, however, Gwirion and Isabel's mutual animosity is abruptly transformed, and the king finds himself as threatened by his loved ones as by the enemies who menace his crown.

Here is a haunting debut novel from a gifted storyteller about three people united -- and ultimately divided -- by loyalty and love.

The Fool's Tale: A Novel of Medieval Wales
by Nicole Galland

  • Publication Date: January 4, 2005
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • ISBN-10: 0060721502
  • ISBN-13: 9780060721503