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The Higher The Rise, The Greater The Fall
David Stedman brings fact and fiction together in The Chronicles of Pauncefoot and Longshanks
This is the purportedly long-lost account, based on true facts, of Hamo Pauncefoot, a crafty and ambitious jester who daringly insinuates himself into the service of the future King Edward I, known as Longshanks. Pauncefoot reveals his story of clever scheming but also courageous loyalty as he rises, through war and battle, to high rank and becoming indispensable to Edward's cause.
Pauncefoot relates how he serves and manipulates the future king through various situations, including the brutal war in Gascony and Edward's passionate marriage, while he is enraptured and ensnared by his own bride-to-be, his ‘woman of the sorrows’. He attempts to save himself and his royal benefactor by preventing Edward's downfall at the hands of his own father, and witnesses his redemption during the bloody battles of the Barons’ War before accompanying him on a crusade to the Holy Land to face assassination and a foe more formidable than any before.
Edward ascends to the throne in tragic circumstances but, during Pauncefoot's moment of greatest triumph, a shocking revelation means that everything he has built comes crashing down and leaves him in the thrall of a man who is a more cunning manipulator than Pauncefoot himself…
The medieval world, in all its piety, passion, romance, superstition and bloody barbarity, comes to vivid life in David Stedman's historical fiction.
David Stedman trained as a printer, travelled the world, went into retail management, then became a quiz compiler. He won Brain of Britain in 2003. In 2006 he entered Mastermind and the in-depth study of bad boy artist Caravaggio as his specialist subject inspired his debut novel That Terrible Shadowing.
PUBLICATION DATE 28th April 2014
eISBN: 9781783067015 Price: £3.99