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An Earthly Knight
Publication Date: 2004-03-02
Number of pages: 272
Medieval Scotland, a time of French-speaking Normans occupying the land with Gaelic-speaking Scots, a time of jousts, of miraculous healings at famous sites, and of fairies in the forest.
Sixteen-year-old Jenny, the second daughter of a lord, is thrust into the role of the eldest daughter, including marrying well, when her sister Isabel shames the family by sneaking out of her father’s house with the intention of marrying a knight. But everything went wrong, and Isabel is back in the family in penance, awaiting her fate - will she have to spend the rest of her life with Cistercian nuns? Jenny is concerned for her sister, who seems to have shut out her entire family.
In the meantime, Jenny attracts the attention of a well-placed Scottish family, which has been charged with finding King David’s brother, Earl William, a wife. Eager to please her father, she travels to various households, attends jousts, and tries hard to win the Earl’s (a well-known womanizer) affection. Yet a strange newcomer, rumoured to have been touched by fairies, has come into her life. Although her father has warned her not to, Jenny can't help visiting the nearby ruined house, where Tam is residing. Tam is unlike any man she has ever met, and she finds herself confiding in him. But Is he helping her or is he having fun with her? And why does she feel so strangely attracted to this man who doesn’t seem to be from this life?
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