Entrancing historical fiction from the author of The Barefoot Girl.
At the side of a great king, she would discover a greatness of her own…
In the eighth century, a woman with a mind of her own rarely found more than scorn and abuse. Such is life for Amelia of Ardennes, until she becomes a novice in the M?nster-Bilzen Abbey. In the cloistered world of the church she just might reach her potential as an intellectual and spiritual being. But when Charlemagne, the most powerful man in Europe, visits the abbey, Amelia is chosen to escort the charismatic king and her life is forever changed.
Enamored of her spirit and intelligence—as well as her beauty—the king brings her to the palace to act as his trusted advisor. As time passes, the bond between them grows stronger, as does Amelia’s determination to become an abbess. And when Charlemagne is pulled away by war, Amelia finds herself torn between her unrequited affection for the king and her devotion to her calling.