Love and loyalty. Betrayal and murder. What is the cost of a crown?
In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families - the Bruces and the Balliols - vie for the throne.
Robert the Bruce is in love with Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of an adherent of the ruthless Longshanks, King of England. In order to marry her and not give up his chances of someday becoming King of Scots, Robert must abandon his rebel ways and bide his time as Longshanks' vassal.
But Edward, Longshanks' heir, doesn't trust the opportunistic Scotsman and vows to one day destroy him. While quietly plotting his rebellion, Robert is betrayed by one of his own and must flee Longshanks' vengeance. Aided by the unlikely brilliance of the soft-spoken young nobleman, James Douglas, Robert battles for his throne.
Victory, though, is never certain and Robert soon learns that keeping his crown may mean giving up that which he loves most -- his beloved Elizabeth.
The Crown in the Heather, Book I of the Bruce Trilogy, is free. Other books in the series are Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II) and The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III). To read closely related books, check out Isabeau and The King Must Die.
keywords: historical fiction, medieval, king, knight, battle, Robert the Bruce, Scotland, England
About the author
N. Gemini Sasson is a lifelong runner, serial remodeler, intrepid gardener, and longtime dog owner. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, she learned she is a descendant of both.