Published: 15/05/2018
ISBN: 9781789013122
Format: Paperback

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My Husband
The Extraordinary History of Nicholas Brome
by Anne Elliot

My Husband’ explores the extraordinary history of Nicholas Brome through the soul-searching of his third wife and widow, Lettice Catesby. When she married Nicholas, who was 25 years her senior, Lettice believed she knew all there was to know about her husband’s violent past. Of all the lords of the manor in 15th century Warwickshire, he was perhaps the most notorious. Physically strong, passionate, proud and driven by an unwavering desire for justice, she knew that as a young man he had twice been a murderer. He had pleaded to the King and the Pope for pardon and both she and God had long ago forgiven him.

But, on his deathbed, Nicholas confesses to another crime, one for which there can be no forgiveness. He demands to be buried standing up, better to face the punishments of Hell, just inside the door of St. James at Baddesley Clinton to be trodden on by all who enter. Shocked and desperate to find salvation for his soul, Lettice examines all she knows of his life: his childhood torn apart by the power struggles between Yorkists and Lancastrians; the promise and pain of his marriages; his love of family and his efforts to make amends for his violent behaviour. The result is ‘My Husband’, a tale of murder and deceit that tests the limits of love.

Even now, centuries later, everyone who steps into the church at Baddesley Clinton treads on Nicholas Brome, once lord of the manor, the king’s sheriff for Warwickshire and Lettice’s husband. It is an enduring punishment, just as he demanded, but is it a fair one? ‘My Husband’ searches his life to find the answer.

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