My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Do you think the king is dead?”
Aubrey de Quincy was caught off balance and furious with himself for his negligence; he ought to have expected this. Throughout their meal, the sole topic had been King Richard’s disappearance. All of England – and indeed, most of Christendom – talked of little else this Christmastide, for more than two months had passes since the Lionheart had sailed from Acre. By December, other crusaders had begun to reach English ports. But none had word of the king.
This book is about the friendship between Justin de Quincy, the bastard son of bishop Aubrey de Quincy and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
It is well know that Richard III was captured by his enemies while his returning from the Acre crusade.
Then the Archbishop of Rouen got a copy of a letter sent to the Holy Emperor to Philippe II, king of France, which was secretly sent to Eleanor, telling about the captivity of his son.
Justin is then in charge of finding the missing and future heir of the throne of England.
Prince John will be known as “Prince of Darkness” which denomination was given by Eleanor herself.
The plot continues in the next book of the series Cruel as the Grave.