The Maiden's Sword
Pieter-Lucas van den Garde, a gifted young Dutch artist, and Aletta Engelshofen, daughter of a bookseller, have loved each other from childhood. Their secret pledge of love has already carried them through incredible turmoil. But as the Dutch revolt against the repressive control of Spain, they are caught in a swirl of rebellion and a violent attempt to abolish religious dissent and heresy.
Bound by a vow never to wield the sword to take another's life, Pieter-Lucas must decide whether he will support the Dutch war effort, accepting the dangerous role of messenger for Willem van Oranje. Aletta, as a "healer lady," faces the difficult decision of whether to administer herbal aid to wounded soldiers, placing her own life at risk. Together, their deep love for each other is sorely tested when plans for their upcoming marriage become uncertain.
Forced to flee for their lives, will Pieter-Lucas and Aletta find a life together? Or will the power of the sword destroy all that stands in its way?
They Believed They Were Called to Save Lives, Not Destroy Them, in Sixteenth-Century Holland
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