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Jessamy was educated in Hampton, Middlesex, and at Cambridge University, where she read History. She has worked in music publishing and as a teacher. She now lives in North London with her family, and muses on the similarities between twelfth-century England and daily life in her kitchen.

King’s Company – historical adventure story for children – blends a sure feel for story-telling with a vivid sense of period, in the tradition of Rosemary Sutcliff and Ronald Welch. And in William D Amory she has created a hero that boys and girls will want to follow to the last page.



“It could have been a shadow, but the darkness was too thick, and solid. Then the shape shifted, spreading and splitting, until William could see separate bodies: horseman, five or six of them, gathered as if for a discussion. Only horsemen. But born in the middle of the civil war, William had never known a time when strangers in the lanes didn’t bring a warning chill at their backs.”

A chance encounter plunges young William D’Armory into a world of intrigue and betrayal. He meets new friends and dangerous enemies, and learns the truth about his father, as he is caught up in the fight for the throne of England itself.

I was pleasantly surprised by how dense the information was. The course completely exceeded expectations on content and helpfulness!