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An auspicious match, an invitation to war.

‘Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride’
Daily Telegraph


England, 1238

Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe’s life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations, including her own.

Now a wealthy heiress, Joanna’s arranged marriage to the King’s charming, tournament-loving half-brother William de Valence immediately stokes the flames of political unrest as more established courtiers object to the privileges bestowed on newcomers.

As Joanna and William strive to build a life together, England descends into a bitter civil war. In mortal danger, William is forced to run for his life, and Joanna is left with only her wit and courage to outfox their enemies and prevent them from destroying her husband, her family, and their fortunes.


An author who makes history come gloriously alive
The Times
Stunning . . . Her characters are beguiling, and the story is intriguing
Barbara Erskine
Meticulous research and strong storytelling
Woman & Home
Elizabeth Chadwick is without doubt the Queen of Medieval Fiction. A Marriage of Lions is captivating; a beautifully written thirteenth century epic inhabited by memorable personalities who step from the past and feel gloriously present.
Carol McGrath, author of The Damask Rose
An even greater than expected treat! Elizabeth Chadwick's work always delivers a combination of faultless historical research and astonishing insight. A Marriage of Lions turns the spotlight on one of the greatest heiresses of her generation, and her surprisingly successful arranged marriage to the King's notoriously unpopular half- brother. An unmitigated joy.
Sara Cockerill, author of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor of Castile