by Catherine Lloyd
Two linked tales of two amoral men transformed by the women who love them. Set in 13th Century England at Christmas. In Mercenary, Lord Broderick's wife dies in childbirth.Tess, the daughter of the lord whose lands Broderick has usurped, becomes the infant's wet nurse. In Jester, Dumas, a deformed clown travels the countryside with his assistant, Fallon, a young woman who is disguised as a boy.