“Conveys emotions and relationships quite poignantly.entertaining historical fiction.”-Kirkus Discoveries
“The dialogue is excellent, the characters are well formed and vibrant.Higginbotham’s talents lie not only in her capacity for detailed genealogical research of the period, but also in her skill in bringing these historical figures to life with passion, a wonderful sense of humor, honor, and love.”-Historical Novels Review Online
A bewitching tale of treachery and betrayal set in fourteenth-century England, The Traitor’s Wife tells the story of Eleanor de Clare, a young woman who becomes entangled in a twisted web of royal affairs.
Young Eleanor, niece of King Edward II, is delighted with her marriage to Hugh le Despenser and her appointment as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Isabella’s household. But before long, Eleanor realizes that her beloved Uncle Edward is not the mighty ruler his kingdom-or his queen-expected.
Hugh’s unbridled ambition and his intimate relationship with Edward arouse widespread resentment, even as Eleanor remains fiercely loyal to her husband and to her king. However, her allegiance may cost her dearly.
From the battlefield to the bedchamber and through hope and despair, treachery and fidelity, The Traitor’s Wife is a tale of an extraordinary woman living in an extraordinary time.