Julian de l'Hache, favorite ward of Edward I of England, is a precocious tot. She is already in love (with her father's...

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WITNESS TO TREASON

Julian de l'Hache, favorite ward of Edward I of England, is a precocious tot. She is already in love (with her father's squire John Hansard) at the age of five, when she witnesses a murder of state. In the course of consequent attempts on her own young life, she contracts amnesia and lands in Scotland as the adopted sister of Robert Bruce, claimant to the Scottish throne. Since her beloved patron Edward I will stop at nothing to get Scotland for himself, Julian has problems with conflicting loyalties when her memory returns--especially since, in her amnesiac days, she was engaged to William Wallace, a rebel leader whom Edward has since drawn and quartered. The style here is flatly ingenuous (""I was delighted to have recovered my childhood loved ones, but I was coming down with a rheum and constantly ill at ease with an unknown murderer roaming about the court""), laced with undigested gobs of medieval lore and Scots dialect. Aye, for all its wars, hostages, and innumerable attempts on Julian's life, this tale could have been written by a computer, were a computer capable of suspending disbelief long enough.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1977

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1977