The Loyalties of the CourtesanA.J. Hall
The Loyalties of the Courtesan is the tenth in a series of Queen of Gondal books and is a quasi-historical AU of the BBC Sherlock series set (more or less) in three fantasy kingdoms devised by the Bronte children. You might like to refer to their suggested reading order, family trees & series information.
The most notorious woman in Gaaldine is on a mission. A chance encounter five years earlier left Gertie owing a debt of gratitude which is unexpectedly called in following the Reaching Beck Bridge disaster. With an unidentified traitor sitting in the heart of the Court, the fate of two kingdoms rests in her hands.
Warnings: The author chooses not to warn.
Advisory: The time period is the late seventeenth century and readers should bear in mind that this saga contains the doings of a set of supremely dysfunctional more-or-less European Royal families steeped in the “divine right of kings” ideology of monarchy, filtered through an early nineteenth century Romantic/Gothick sensibility and then depicted using the freedom of expression afforded by the early twenty-first century internet.
Furthermore, if the Greek myths contemplated it, some member of the Royal houses of Gondal, Angria or Gaaldine has probably put it into practice somewhere.
Gentle reader, consider yourself advised accordingly.
As every, thanks to caulkhead for betaing.
The original central cover image is taken from a photograph of the painting ‘Elegant Company Preparing for a Masked Ball’ by Luis Paret Y Alcazár (1746-1499). The original cover background is from a 16th-17th century calligrapic fragment of a lovers lament by an unknown calligrapher, the photograph is by DrFO.Jr.Tn. The fonts used in this book are from the Source Serif Pro font family by Frank Grießhammer.
The images and fonts were used under license detailed on their respective website pages at the date of this book publication.
As usual, Russ from shoes for industry designed the book cover, produced the books and compiled the on-line work.
The opinions, prejudices, faults and spelling herein are all my own work, and I apologise in advance for them.
This work is created as a transformative work on a not-for-profit basis. All rights in the underlying properties are those of their respective holders.
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