Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ The Summons

Good Morning! Welcome to the Fall/Winter Medieval Monday blog hop! We’re doing the hop somewhat differently this time around. There will be a link below to the Medieval Romance Lovers Facebook page that has links to all the other authors who are participating this time around. So after you read my excerpt, click the link and go have fun with our medieval romance snippets.  They can also be found via #MedMonFall2020 .

Our theme for the fall is Nature and I’ll be sharing a segment from my medieval Christmas novella Seduction at the Christmas Court. The scene begins with a boar hunt some days before Christmas in 1349. Geoffrey, Lord Longford and his wife Alyse have been summoned to the King’s Christmas court and this is the King’s favorite sport.

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Alyse and Geoffrey, Lord and Lady Longford, have journeyed to the glittering Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?


(The action this week shifts from the woods to Alyse in the castle when she receives an urgent summons.)

Furious knocking erupted at the door, making all the ladies jump.

Dropping her work, Alyse straightened, suddenly sober–such frantic rapping could not bode well, although mayhap His Majesty had returned from the hunt and wished to display his kill before the queen. The hollow booming sent a chill down her body.

The queen nodded to Lady Tamworth who opened the door to a skinny, red-faced boy hopping from one foot to the other, peering into the room with wild eyes. “Is Lady Longford here?”

Bounding up, all frivolity forgotten, Alyse sent a stricken took to the queen, who gave a quick nod, then she sped to the door saying, “I am Lady Longford.”

The disheveled appearance of the lad, no more than twelve, had her heart thrumming like the strings of a plucked lute.

“Your husband bids you come now, lady,” the boy’s eyes showed white all around the deep brown centers, “he said your sister must come too, for pity’s sake.”

“Who are you?” Alyse demanded, gripping the lad’s shoulder, fear in her heart for the boy seemed frightened out of his wits.

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4 Responses to Medieval Monday ~ Seduction at the Christmas Court ~ The Summons

  1. Oh, yikes! What’s going on? Great snippet!


  2. Goodness! What will happen next? I’m intrigued! Great scene, Jenna!

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  3. Love the frantic energy in this snippet.

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  4. Oh, my, the boy is definite agitated. I’d be alarmed too!! Lovely, tense snipped, Jenna. Looking forward to more. Happy Week 🙂

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