THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR by Hebby Roman is an interesting
Medival Historical Romance set in Ireland, Scotland and France. Meet Cahira
O'Donnell, an orphan and an Irish Princess forced into a betrothal to the Earl
of Orkney and Spanish Knight Templar Raul de Porcelos, Orkney is Raul's Lord, is
taxed to bring Cahira to Oakney. Cahira has other ideas on her forced marriage.
She is determined to not relinquish her beloved castle and lands. So begins the
battle of the warrior -princess and the warrior-monk......
written, rich in history, and romance. If you enjoy Medieval conflict,
adventure,passion and love than you are sure to enjoy "The Princess and the
These two characters will steal your heart as they fight their
attraction to each other, fight for their lives and hang on to a
I enjoyed "The Princess and the Templar" and hope to read more of
Ms. Roman stories. I would recommend this title, especially if you enjoy
Medieval France, Scotland and yes, Ireland. A great read!
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REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
From the Author
My inspiration as a writer for The Princess and the Templar came from the bestselling book and vintage TV series, "The Thornbirds." I loved that book and series and wanted to write a romance using the element of chastity from the man's point of view and to show the unfolding of and conflict of a forbidden romance.
Even though my other historical romances are all set in the 1800's, I had been reading medieval history and medieval fiction for several years. Before, I started on my medieval reading jag, I had the distinct impression that the Middle Ages was a dirty and dark place, full of brutality and disease. And to some extent, this depiction of medieval life is correct. It was a very dangerous time to live and decent medical care was non-existent. But in many other ways, it was an infinitely fascinating period of history. If for nothing else than that the Middle Ages spanned a thousand years, saw the rise of the Christianity and the Catholic Church, the birth of chivalry and castles, and the beginnings of a middle class as trade and business flourished.
When I decided to write a medieval romance, I wanted to have the hero be a man who had taken a vow of chastity. I didn't want an actual monk or priest, so I settled on a little known group of men (at that time--little known), the Knights Templar, who were, in effect, warrior-monks who were supposed to remain chaste and unmarried.
I choose the Knights Templar long before Dan Brown wrote the "Da Vinci Code," and there was not a wealth of information about them, like there is now. But I gathered what research I could on these knights and cast my hero as one against the backdrop of the French purge of the Order.
For my heroine, I wanted a strong woman from a seldom used romance locale, so I decided on Ireland and an Irish princess who'd been raised as a warrior-princess by her father and five brothers.
I needed both my characters to be strong and brave in their own right but also noble and giving. And for them both to have a soul-altering attraction to each other.
I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.