The Ruling Passion

a novel by David Pownall
Author of The White Cutter
Chosen for BBC Radio 4
Book At Bedtime

The Ruling Passion is a story of infatuation and a relationship pursued to destruction.

Prince Edward was the only surviving son of Edward I, one of England’s greatest warrior kings, whose subjugation of the Welsh, campaigns against the Scots and massive programme of castle building near-bankrupted the realm. Not only was Prince Edward unsuited to carry through his father’s military ambitions, as heir to the throne, but his defiant resistance to every pressure to abandon his relationship with the Gascon warrior Piers Gaveston was to have disastrous consequences.

David Pownall is one of Britain’s most accomplished writers of historical fiction. The Ruling Passion is his eleventh novel and marks his return to the medieval period. His earlier novel, The White Cutter, set among the Masonic fraternity in the Middle Ages, enjoyed considerable critical and commercial success. As a stage playwright, David Pownall’s award-winning work has been widely performed by major companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. His play about Stalin, Master Class, has been staged all over the world. He is one of Britain’s most frequently performed radio dramatists.

Size: 156 x 216 mm
Binding: softback
Extent: 278 pages
ISBN: 978-1-84289-050-9
Price: £11.99

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