Rose of Raby is volume 1 of the THWARTED QUEEN series.This tale of Cecylee’s girlhood will appeal to all who love YA novels.
The seventh daughter, Cecylee is the only one left unmarried by 1424, the year she turns nine. The Earl of Westmorland plans to marry his youngest daughter to 13-year-old Richard, Duke of York, who is close to the throne.
A year later, Cecylee’s father is dead and Countess Joan becomes one of the most powerful magnates of England. Never happy with Richard as her daughter’s suitor, she forces him to leave the day after her husband’s death.
Set in the years following the great English victory at Agincourt in 1415, the novel shows Cecylee surrounded by a household of clever and resourceful women who read Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale and other subversive manuscripts, which colors her attitudes about marriage and the role of women.