When Ned Elder’s father and brother are murdered and his sisters abducted by his brutal neighbours the Radcliffes, the young knight is forced to flee from his home. His sister Emma is torn from the quiet harmony of her household and forced into marriage. Eleanor, her wild and beautiful younger sister, is condemned to austere imprisonment in a remote nunnery. However, neither Ned nor his sisters are willing to concede all to the Radcliffes without a fight. And so the feud begins…
But in 1459 England stands on the brink of chaos as the most powerful nobleman in the land, Richard of York, and the weak king, Henry of Lancaster, prepare to settle their differences on the battlefield.
The fate of Ned and those dear to him hangs upon more than just his skill with a sword, but on the courage and tenacity of his sisters and the small band who travel with him, as the feud of Elders and Radcliffes is played out amid the blood and misery of civil war.
In the mid-fifteenth century, England is in tumult—brother pitted against brother, neighbor fighting neighbor—as allegiances shift and and political division grows. In the history books, the main players are the Lancashires and the Yorks in what will become known as the Wars of the Roses. Against this backdrop of country-wide upheaval, Derek Birks’s Feud takes the reader into the midst of the bitter dispute between two fictional families, the Elders and the Radcliffes.
Feud is a fast-paced tale of political history and gripping action with strong elements of romance and adventure. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is filled with compelling characters who face insurmountable odds with bravery and determination. The battle scenes are grisly and rousing, and the details of life in the late medieval era show the brutality and uncertainty of the day.
The beauty of Birks’s Feud lies in the human face he gives to those common men in the midst of a raging civil war, taking the reader out of the pages of the history tomes and into the lives of those on the bloody battlefields—those fighting not for the crown but for their families, their homes, and their honor. Well-researched and tautly plotted, Feud is an engaging, unforgettable read.