If Eleanor knew it was Father’s Day, she would celebrate and honor the memory of her dear father, who entrusted her with the care of her younger sister Mary, and who taught her their family motto, “Honor et Fides.” It is he who gave her a fierce, independent spirit, encouraged her analytical powers, and cautioned her to, above all, be effective in what she did. In 1272, as you know, dear reader, women were given scant power, save for being pawns in political games, as that cur, William of Litchfield, is plotting. Thanks to her father, Eleanor is up to the task.
What she doesn’t know, however, is that her father also prepared her for dealing properly with Lord Hugh, he who is so condescending to her, and yet, whose gaze transfixes her, sending her heart all a-flutter. Happy Father’s Day!