October 9, 2016

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Set within the wilds of the Welsh mountains, the courageous and lovely longbow lady, Merry Owen, discovers a river that takes her again in time to the autocratic state of King Henry VIII. whereas there she unearths she needs to compete in an archery event to avoid wasting her ancestors' land from being seized by way of their aristocratic pals the de Courcys. Merry's ally James de Courcy (and inheritor to the de Courcy wealth) follows her again in time and the 2 get twisted up of their households' old histories. There are forces operating opposed to them either some time past and the current. Will they be capable of live to tell the tale their pasts to avoid wasting their futures?

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Yet it’s varied! ’ she exclaimed. ‘It’s unlike the traditional de Courcy crest! ’ ‘No, it’s not,’ agreed James. ‘This one’s an vintage. From 1520. ’ ‘1520 . . . ’ repeated Merry, taking a look away, her voice slightly a whisper. She grew to become again to James. ‘Where did she get it from, your mom? ’ ‘She used to be very coy approximately that,’ answered James. ‘You understand what she’s like, attempting to purchase bits of the castle’s historical past – like she attempted to shop for your book,’ he additional with a half-smile. ‘So she was once very happy to discover this. She has a community of vintage buyers looking out. i assume she acquired lucky,’ he concluded. Merry stated not anything. She simply regarded away back, her face demanding. James used to be having trouble maintaining together with her. She’d been extremely joyful by way of his information; now she brooded like whatever really poor had occurred. What the heck was once occurring in her head? ‘And there’s whatever else,’ James acknowledged, hoping to shift her temper again to sunny. ‘Full of reports at the present time, aren’t you! ’ acknowledged Merry. ‘What is it? ’ ‘It’ll blow your brain. It blew mine. ’ ‘Go on! ’ ‘Dr Philipps simply paid us a trip. He—’ ‘He’s come again? ’ Merry interrupted. ‘Was Professor Parks with him? ’ James shook his head. ‘Surprisingly no longer this time. it seems that he went to London a number of days in the past on a few pressing enterprise. ’ Merry swore. ‘Bit my lip,’ she defined. James carried on. ‘Anyway, Dr Philipps stumbled on whatever in an previous Welsh textual content he unearthed. He used to be beautiful enthusiastic about it. ’ ‘And . . . ’ ‘You understand that King Henry, Henry VIII, stayed with us . . . ’ ‘Oh, definite. I know,’ Merry spoke back with a few bitterness. James glanced at her. It used to be an odd response. ‘Well, it seems that he requested for a tourney to be held. Archery, after all, and jousting, which he additionally enjoyed, and falconry. We used to provide him with peregrine falcons from the Beacons. And this is often the place it will get deeply bizarre. ’ James paused, saved his gaze on Merry. ‘He known as for a longbow contest. And he known as upon the pledge that your ancestor made to the Black Prince. that every new release of Owens furnishes him with a longbowman, if their king asks for one. And King Henry did. ’ Merry started to glance bizarre. ‘Thing is, your ancestor, the guy of the home on the time, was once, er, it seems that in legal. ’ James hesitated simply as Merry spoke out. ‘Your dungeons! ’ she exclaimed. ‘How’d you recognize that? ’ ‘Just guessing,’ Merry acknowledged. ‘After all, your dungeons are the one criminal hereabouts, and they’re infamous. ’ James frowned. ‘Want to listen to the tale? ’ ‘Sorry. It wasn’t you,’ acknowledged Merry. James raised his eyebrows. ‘No. It wasn’t. besides, your ancestor couldn’t honour the pledge, so the king declared that until an Owen got here ahead to compete within the tourney, a longbowman who used to be expert adequate to struggle for him in time of struggle, that Nanteos Farm and all of your lands will be confiscated. ’ Merry gasped. ‘D’you be aware of what occurred? I’m assuming somebody got here ahead. ’ ‘Someone did come alongside. An Owen, given away at delivery. simply in time, they got here again and entered the contest. And this can be the place it will get actually spooky. It used to be a lady!

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