The Countess At War
It is 1642 and Charlotte, the Countess of Derby, is a masterful woman, combining a fierce love for her husband with her duties as mistress of a vast feudal household. But when Civil War in England erupts and Lord Derby’s loyalty to the king brings brutal change, Charlotte faces a serious decision and the threat of combat against overwhelming odds. In a breath-taking tale of personal devotion and drama set against the backdrop of bloody battle, Jane Lane presents the story of one woman and her fight for justice.
Author biography:Jane Lane Elaine K. Dakers was born in 1905 and her first novel was published when she was just seventeen. She adopted the pen-name of Jane Lane to reflect the historical nature of her books, Lane being the maiden name of her grandmother, a descendant of the Herefordshire branch of Lanes who sheltered King Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.
A versatile and dynamic author, Jane Lane wrote over forty works of fiction, biography, history, and children’s books.
She is perhaps best known for her books about the Stuart period and 18th century Scotland, written from a Catholic and Royalist perspective. ‘A State of Mind’ is unique among her books, being set in a dystopian future.
She died in 1978.
‘Miss Lane towers head and shoulders above the rest’ – The New Statesman
‘A writer who offers…faithfulness to historical fact and style’ – The Sunday Times
‘One of the few contemporary writers who excel both as novelists and historians’ – The Tablet