#MedievalHop Marriage by Threat? from Barbara Bettis’s Lady of the Forest
Today we look at a villain who threatens marriage.
Lady of the Forest Excerpt 7:
The priest shook his head. “Words are not empty. Vows are binding, and vows of intent to wed have been likened to betrothal. A betrothal is as binding as a ceremony.”
“Never heard of that,” Mortimer shouted.
“It’s an old rule, made by the Church hundreds of years ago.”
“You lie.” Mortimer’s voice shook with fury.
“Of course, that tradition may no longer be observed.” The priest retreated a pace, his tone placating. “But the bishop should be consulted. We wouldn’t wish to–”
“I demand you marry us.” Mortimer’s voice became wild, and he brandished his sword. “It’s why I brought you from London, you lazy imbecile. Since then you’ve done nothing but lounge in my hall and eat my food. Now get to it, or by God you won’t marry anyone ever again.”
Will the priest cave in to Mortimer’s demands? See next week at Lane McFarland’s blog: http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/
Blurb: He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.