‘Blanche d’Alpuget has now turned to medieval history to produce an extraordinary tale of ruthlessly pursued political and personal aims. It seems she has reproduced the very texture of those times, their sophistication, their ambitions and stratagems. I was expecting the normal historical novel. This isn’t it. This is fresh and invigorating and absolutely gripping. The revision she provides of the motives and character of Thomas Becket will rivet readers as they have not been riveted since Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell.’
This book was launched by Susan Ryan (too famous to describe) at the Sydney Women's Writers Festival on Saturday, 18 October, at the State Library of NSW. It was an excellent festival.