Sophy Boyle first became fascinated with the medieval era, and the Wars of the Roses in particular, while still at school. Her interest in this explosive period grew while studying History at Oxford University.
In 2013, she decided to step back from her legal career to devote her time to what would become Wyvern and Star, the first book in a series of novels charting the stories of Robert Clifford and Alice de Vere - an ill-starred pair, drawn together by a shared allegiance, then divided by war.
Set during the tumultuous fifteenth century, Wyvern and Star is series of novels that charts the exploits of Robert Clifford and Alice de Vere - drawn together by a shared allegiance, then divided by war.
The year is 1471. Robert Clifford has lost the kingdom for Lancaster, and York reigns triumphant.
One frail hope remains. Alice de Vere carries a child - an heir for the house of Lancaster. But there are rivals even among the vanquished, and an old enemy is growing in power.
Jewels Beyond Price is the sequel to Wyvern and Star.
The year is 1470, a decade since the house of York destroyed Robert Clifford’s life; a decade of wandering exile and waning hopes. Now the house of Lancaster is rising once more and Robert leaps at the chance to reclaim what is his. But the stakes are impossibly high and in the storm to come, he risks the loss of his companions, his sons and Alice de Vere, the woman he loves.