Set during the reign of King Phillipe le Bel, this panoramic novel by bestselling author Jeannette de Beauvoir shares the passions and politics of medieval France in a tale rich with adventure, turmoil, and heartbreak. When three girls betrothed to Phillipe?s sons arrive at the French Court, they are soon swept up by palace intrigue and deadly betrayals. In the short period from 1301 to 1315, Phillipe will orchestrate the murder of a pope, drive the Jews from France, ensure the destruction of the Knights Templar, and thwart the love affair of his daughter, Isabelle?who, as Queen of England, will sow the seeds of the Hundred Years? War. A master of suspense, de Beauvoir is renowned for creating authentic, compelling characters. Her nuanced, knowledgeable, and heartfelt portrayal of these real-life individuals not only brings their stories to life but also reveals the machinations of a troubled time all too reminiscent of our own.