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“Taylor deftly depicts the fragility of a society in the grip of a madman… the next installment promises a massive emotional payoff.” – Kirkus Reviews

The Novels

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At the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred comes of age in the enlightened court of his grandfather, sure that his life will be unremarkable. His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny. Taken captive while on a mission for the king, Alfred is held for ransom and taken ever farther away from his home. With his prospects dwindling, he must find a way to survive if he is ever to fulfill that mysterious destiny.
It was inevitable that the new king would be very different from his father. What no one could foresee was where his penchant for action would lead. It was equally inevitable that Alfred’s brother would do something outrageous. What no one would have predicted is just how far he would exceed the bounds of royal decorum. And Ralf is still out there, knowing that his plan for Alfred’s death has failed and that vengeance for his father has yet to be achieved.
The unthinkable has happened: Alfred’s brother is king. And it isn’t long before everyone’s worst fears are realized. These will be the most dangerous years of Alfred’s life, forcing him to re-examine his duty to personal honor and to the kingdom, while the threats posed by his brother constantly remind him of his father’s final words of advice. What choices will he have to make to try to protect the things he holds most dear?



Welcome

It is the dawn of the Renaissance in a land ruled by an enlightened monarch.  Alfred — the eponymous second son — is convinced that his life will be unremarkable, spent in diligent but mundane service to his king. His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny, though that destiny is shrouded in mystery. These novels tell Alfred’s story.

Each book is a complete story unto itself. Begin wherever you like. But you may find it most rewarding to meet Alfred at the beginning, when he is growing up and coming of age at his grandfather’s court.

More about the Chronicles
Royal Family Tree
Nobility Family Trees
Allegory
Related Topics
Heraldry
Encryption in Medieval Times
Paleography (medieval script)
Medieval and Renaissance Dance


About the author. Pamela Taylor brings her love of history to the art of storytelling. An avid reader of historical fact and fiction throughout her life, she finds the past offers rich sources for character, ambiance, and plot that allow readers to escape into a world totally unlike their daily lives.

“I’d tried my hand at several ideas and wasn’t quite satisfied with any of them,” she says. “I’ve always been intrigued by the importance of first sentences and first paragraphs. So when the opening of Second Son came to me, utterly unbidden, during one of those nights when one’s mind won’t shut down and let sleep take over, I knew I had to see where it would take me.

“Once I found Alfred’s voice, his story began to unfold. By the end of the first book, I was completely in love with him and knew that he had so much more to tell.

“Step into Alfred’s world. Once you do, I’m confident you’ll be as eager as I’ve been to discover what happens next.”

To learn more about me, visit my author website at pamela-taylor.com