Author: Patricia Bernstein
Publisher: History Through Fiction
Release Date: March 7, 2023
Synopsis: A Noble Cunning is a novel based on the true story of persecuted Catholic noblewoman Winifred Maxwell, who rescued her husband from the Tower of London with the help of a group of devoted women friends in 1716.
A Noble Cunning is a novel based on the life of Winifred Herbert Maxwell (1680-1749), who became the Countess of Nithsdale in 1699.
Set amidst the 1715 Rebellion against England’s first German king, George I, the novel depicts the ruthless persecution of Catholics and the relentless determination of protagonist Bethan Glentaggart to save the life of husband Gavin after he is captured and condemned to death. Bethan faces down a mob attack on her home, travels alone from the Scottish Lowlands to London through one of the worst snowstorms in years, and petitions an indifferent king for her husband's mercy. As a last resort, Bethan and her friends devise and execute Gavin's escape from the tower, donning disguises and foiling his jailers.
Rich with historical gossip and pageantry, Bethan’s story demonstrates the damage that politics and religious fanaticism can inflict on the lives of individuals.
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Native Texan Patricia Bernstein grew up in Dallas. After taking her degree in American Studies from Smith College, she began her public relations agency in Houston. In 2018, her second book was named a Finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Best Book of Nonfiction. Patricia is previously published by Simon & Schuster and Texas A&M University Press. Her debut novel was published by History Through Fiction on March 7, 2023. For more information, please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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