THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Now a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.
In 1386, a few days after Christmas, a massive crowd gathered at a Paris monastery to watch two men fight a duel to the death. A trial by combat to prove which man's cause was right in God's sight.
The dramatic story of the knight, the squire and the lady unfolds during the tumultuous fourteenth century. A time of war, plague and anarchy, as well as of honour, chivalry, and courtly love.
The notorious quarrel appears in many histories of France, but no writer has recounted it in full, until now.
'Succeeds brilliantly in combining page-turning intensity with eye-opening insights' Sunday Times
'Suspenseful and well written' Spectator
a genuinely suspenseful and well written piece of narrative.
'succeeds brilliantly in combining page-turning intensity with eye-opening insights.'
'Jager knows his territory well; we learn a good deal about medieval armor and weaponry, fashion and custom, the legal system and sexual ideas, court politics and religion. His skilful prose quickly ensnares readers in the web of the characters' invention, allowing no escape until very near the end- Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history.'
'A riveting account that will satisfy general readers and historians alike.'
'As enthralling and engrossing as any [story] about a high-profile celebrity scandal today.'