What happens when the world’s worst shrew meets the world’s most formidable warrior?

Mirrored Sword, a comedy as black as the Plague, as turbulent as the Wars of the Roses. She is an aspiring painter and devoted Yorkist. He is the legendary but ageing Beast of Ferrybridge – a Lancastrian Stalwart! Rebellion in Lincolnshire throws them together, the Yorkist king keeps them together, and thus they must work out their destinies and England’s, in an epic story that combines laughter and tears, romance and adventure, history and make-believe, high art and vulgar entertainment: a medieval banquet, loaded with surprises, colourful characters and poetic justice.

Part One, The Dance, is a journey from Lincolnshire to London, where he goes in search of a fool brother, and she goes in quest of a royal romance, the story careering through a series of revealing encounters, climaxing in treachery and mayhem at Baynard Castle, the king’s London home.

Part Two, The Tour, is their return journey from London to Lincolnshire, as companions and fellow travellers of the king, when their previous encounters are even more revealing in reverse order, ending in a rising tide of bloodshed and revenge, malice and pure evil, hope and desperate self-belief, deep in the fens.

The narrative is an exuberant blend of historical and fictional characters. The thirty-one chapters are presented as calendar days in February-March 1471, divided between Parts One and Two. The story is organised into the viewpoints of different characters, but focussing in Part Two almost entirely on the views of hero and heroine. Each book is available as either paperback or eBook, and includes its own map. The eBook for Part One is free (for now), allowing readers to decide if it’s their sort of story before forking out money for Part Two. Slide the divider to see both paperbacks below.


What happens when the world’s worst shrew meets the world’s most formidable warrior?