Winter 1644, the Tower of London.
Colonel George Monck is confined to his prison chamber in St Thomas's tower, charged with high treason. A brilliant soldier, admiral and military governor, Monck joined the King's men in besieging Nantwich. But the Parliamentary side's more disciplined army successfully routed them, and Monck was thrown in jail.
Brooding and despondent, Monck's troubles look to intensify when he starts an affair with Anne Ratsford, a married woman who is caring for him in The Tower. In an age when adultery is not only a mortal sin, but a capital offence, Monck is not only risking his reputation, but his life. But then his fortunes begin to change.
Word of his prowess has reached Parliament, and he is offered a position within their army. All that stands in his way is his honour...
In 'The Forging', the first book in the 'Sword of the State' trilogy, award-winning author Richard Woodman recreates the true story of George Monck, a giant of the 17th Century. Monck is all but forgotten today, yet his legacy is nothing less than the British monarchy and a famous regiment - the Coldstream Guards.
Author: Richard Woodman
Title: Sword of State: The Forging
Series: Sword of State Trilogy
First Published by: Endeavour Press
Date: 7 March 2015