Danae Penn, author of False Rumours – A Belina Lansac Murder Mystery
Photo by Guy Larrieu
- Medieval Women by Eileen Power, edited by M.M. Postan (1975)
- A Small Sound of the Trumpet by Margaret Wade Labarge (1986)
- Medieval Women by Henrietta Leyser (1995)
- Wives and Widows of Medieval London by Anne F. Sutton (2016)
She prefers cats to dogs and horses. She learnt how to make brooches and medallions from Monsieur Benasse, the local goldsmith, her mentor in times of doubt, and Guillaume taught her to play chess. He also taught her to be very discreet. This is a difficult ability for a Gascon to acquire, and she sometimes talks too much for her own good and safety, and for her English husband’s safety too.
Guillaume is often away on secret missions for the Bishop of Condom, missions he combines in even greater secrecy with helping to organise an English invasion of Gascony. In his frequent absences Belina has already developed coping skills and courage. Becoming a detective uses those skills and she is developing qualities which she never expected to have. Her enemies do not anticipate them either.