The Fool's Tale: A Novel

Paperback | January 24, 2006

byNicole Galland

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Wales, 1198. A time of treachery, passion, and uncertainty. King Maelgwyn ap Cadwallon, known as Noble, struggles to protect his small kingdom from foes outside and inside his borders. Pressured into a marriage of political convenience, he takes as his bride the young, headstrong Isabel Mortimer, niece of his powerful English nemesis.

Through strength of character, Isabel wins her husband's grudging respect, but finds the Welsh court backward and barbaric, and is soon engaged in a battle of wills against Gwirion, the king's oldest, oddest, and most trusted friend. Before long, however, Gwirion and Isabel's mutual animosity is abruptly transformed, and the king finds himself as threatened by loved ones as by the enemies who menace his crown.

A masterful novel by a gifted storyteller, The Fool's Tale combines vivid historical fiction, compelling political intrigue, and passionate romance to create an intimate drama of three individuals bound -- and undone -- by love and loyalty.

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Wales, 1198. A time of treachery, passion, and uncertainty. King Maelgwyn ap Cadwallon, known as Noble, struggles to protect his small kingdom from foes outside and inside his borders. Pressured into a marriage of political convenience, he takes as his bride the young, headstrong Isabel Mortimer, niece of his powerful English nemesis.T...

Nicole Galland's five previous novels areThe Fool's Tale;Revenge of the Rose;Crossed;I, Iago, andGodiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for theMartha's Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.23 inPublished:January 24, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060721510

ISBN - 13:9780060721510

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read Galland's other novels! Set in medieval Wales, this story draws you in from the get-go, with an action-filled scene that lays the groundwork for all that follows, some 20 years later. A character-driven novel, with one of the most (unexpectedly) tender portrayals of love that I ever read. Full of twists and turns, it keeps you guessing until the end of the novel. Can't wait to read her other novels!
Date published: 2008-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction This is a great historical novel with a romantic subplot. This has one of the best love stories I have ever read.
Date published: 2007-11-02