A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth

A Knight's Tale

Book 1
Gabriella West
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Warwickshire, England, 1260. Will Talbot is leaving home at fourteen to spend the next few years in training at nearby Kenilworth Castle as a squire. Kenilworth is the home of the ambitious Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is married to Eleanor, the youngest sister of King Henry III. Will's adjustment to life at the castle is made easier by his growing love for Stephen, the young chaplain's clerk he shares a spartan chamber with. 

But in the years after Will and Stephen are unexpectedly separated, Will's life becomes more complicated. Despite his vow to reunite with Stephen once knighted, he allows himself to grow closer to Simon, the Earl's charming and charismatic second son, whom he serves as a squire. As Simon's intentions toward him become clearer and impossible to resist, and the political stakes around the Montforts grow ever higher, Will is faced with a painful choice. 


Set against the tense backdrop of the Second Barons' War of 1264-67, and the battles of Lewes and Evesham, Will must navigate a world that he wasn't prepared to enter and decide for himself what, and who, is really worth fighting for. 


Keywords: MM historical romance, medieval romance, Second Barons' War, 13th-century England, knights, squires, blackfriars, Simon de Montfort, Eleanor de Montfort, Kenilworth Castle, smallpox, hurt comfort, LGBT historical romance, love triangle, betrayal, young love, first love, battles of Lewes and Evesham, Oxford, Dover Castle, Odiham

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About the author

Gabriella West was born in Santa Barbara in 1967. In 1969, her parents moved to Dublin, Ireland, and she grew up in Ireland, studying English and Italian at Trinity College, Dublin. She graduated and left Ireland in 1988.

She earned an MA degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University in 1995.

She has published six LGBT-themed novels: The Leaving, Time of Grace, Elsie Street, The Pull of Yesterday, and A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth. The follow-up, A Knight's Tale: Montargis, was published March 2018.

Gabriella West lives in San Francisco, CA. 

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Gabriella West
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Pages
190
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Medieval
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / Gay
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 France, 1266. Will and his lover, Stephen, are safely ensconced at Montargis Abbey, a Dominican convent two days' ride south of Paris, where the widowed Lady Eleanor de Montfort has chosen to live out her days in peace and seclusion with her young daughter. Will and Stephen fall into a pleasant routine of chores, while Wilecok keeps the small household running with his work in the kitchen. It's in many ways an idyllic life, one that Will could not have predicted. And when they hear that Kenilworth Castle has fallen after a long siege, it seems that the rebellion against the English Crown that the Montforts spearheaded has well and truly ended.


But the reappearance of Simon brings a complexity to Will's life, for he is still passionately attracted. Even as he and Stephen grow closer and more deeply attached, the shadow of Simon periodically falls over their relationship. A sudden, horrific act of murder in the year 1271, Will's 25th year, shatters their calm. In the aftermath, Lady Eleanor commands a reluctant Will to journey to a castle in southern Tuscany to visit her mortally ill son. It's here that he will learn the devastating truth about Simon's misdeeds, a truth that Will has not wanted to face, and that changes everything.



This lusty, bittersweet sequel to A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth spans another six years in Will and Stephen's lives together, and ends in the South of France, where the mystery of Stephen's tragic past is finally laid to rest. Yet the two still face an uncertain future together in a dangerous world.


Keywords: A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth, MM historical romance, medieval gay romance, 13th-century England, Second Barons War, Medieval France, Cathars, Eleanor de Montfort, nuns, beekeeping, love triangle, Simon de Montfort, Guy de Montfort, Italy, murder, grief, sexual abuse, secrets, reconciliation

 France, 1266. Will and his lover, Stephen, are safely ensconced at Montargis Abbey, a Dominican convent two days' ride south of Paris, where the widowed Lady Eleanor de Montfort has chosen to live out her days in peace and seclusion with her young daughter. Will and Stephen fall into a pleasant routine of chores, while Wilecok keeps the small household running with his work in the kitchen. It's in many ways an idyllic life, one that Will could not have predicted. And when they hear that Kenilworth Castle has fallen after a long siege, it seems that the rebellion against the English Crown that the Montforts spearheaded has well and truly ended.


But the reappearance of Simon brings a complexity to Will's life, for he is still passionately attracted. Even as he and Stephen grow closer and more deeply attached, the shadow of Simon periodically falls over their relationship. A sudden, horrific act of murder in the year 1271, Will's 25th year, shatters their calm. In the aftermath, Lady Eleanor commands a reluctant Will to journey to a castle in southern Tuscany to visit her mortally ill son. It's here that he will learn the devastating truth about Simon's misdeeds, a truth that Will has not wanted to face, and that changes everything.



This lusty, bittersweet sequel to A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth spans another six years in Will and Stephen's lives together, and ends in the South of France, where the mystery of Stephen's tragic past is finally laid to rest. Yet the two still face an uncertain future together in a dangerous world.


Keywords: A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth, MM historical romance, medieval gay romance, 13th-century England, Second Barons War, Medieval France, Cathars, Eleanor de Montfort, nuns, beekeeping, love triangle, Simon de Montfort, Guy de Montfort, Italy, murder, grief, sexual abuse, secrets, reconciliation

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