Love, Duty and Loyalty Collide in a Dramatic Fashion to Determine King Edward II’s Future in the Medieval Historical Romance, The Lion and the Leopard, by Mary Ellen Johnson
Maria Rendell is determined to be a dutiful wife to her husband, Phillip, though she can’t deny her attraction to Richard, Earl of Sussex, their liege lord and Edward II’s illegitimate half-brother. Loving Philip should be easy for he is the knight of whom minstrels sing; the knight who saved the Earl of Sussex’s life at the Battle of Bannockburn. However, when Phillip abandons Maria to indulge his wanderlust, she turns to the powerful earl, sparking a scandalous affair that unfolds during the last perilous months of Edward II’s disastrous reign.
After England’s mutinous barons turn against the king, capture him and execute his favorites, Richard of Sussex tries unsuccessfully to rally public support for his half-brother. When Maria’s wayward husband unexpectedly returns, the day of reckoning is at hand–for Maria, Richard, Phillip, and that most unfortunate of Plantagenet kings, Edward Caernarvon.