A Knight’s Tale (Passages)
~~a short story~~
Stephan l’Aigle is the third son of a Yorkshire baron with no hopes of inheriting land or titles, probably a good thing as he has no interest in women, nor any desire to marry or produce heirs. He finds pleasure in the arms of other men.
At eighteen years old, Stephan has recently been knighted and must make his living on the tournament circuit or become a soldier for hire. His fortunes change when Richard, Duke of Aquitaine & son of King Henry II, sees his skills in battle.
Stephan will hone his sword arm against Richard’s enemies, and learn about comradeship, duty, and honor. Will his relationship with one of Richard’s knights crack his hard-hearted armor?
NOTE: this short story is not an HEA. It’s rather bittersweet. A Knight’s Tale is a prequel to Men of the Cross. It is also included in the historical fiction anthology Betrayal, a collection of twelve stories by award-winning novelists.
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