Thomas, son of “The Gatekeeper”, Robert of Norham is detested by his oldest brother, also Robert. One particularly nasty incident, when Robert falls foul of Thomas’s unusual talent, does nothing to lessen his animosity and leaves Thomas with no choice but to leave the castle, his home.
Taking the opportunity to help in the civil war against the Welsh, which is being waged by the Princes Llewelyn and Daffydd against King Edward I, Thomas and his elder brother, John, lead a mercenary war-band from County Durham to the Welsh Borders. Using the experience gained whilst being squire to his great-uncle and namesake, a renowned Templar knight, he trains them to be fighting men. The war-band proves itself to be a force to be reckoned with and its leader shows himself to be shrewd, resourceful and a useful pawn for his King.
He also meets one Gwyneth ap Iornwhenn when she is suspected of spying for the Welsh, but after he is able to help her recover her late husband’s estate, they become close.
|Publication Date:||3rd May 2019|
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