A Civilized Witch Hunt with Tony Riches
Before even discussing the story itself, I just want to point out that the author isn't one to substitute imagination for facts. He always strives for his novels to remain as accurate and well-researched as possible, so all the verifiable facts in history in regards to the duchess are taken into account and written around. Anyhow, Lady Eleanor's and her husband's downfall came when her family's enemies conspired against them, accusing the former of witchcraft due to her interest in astrology. She is found guilty and sentenced to be imprisoned for life by Henry VI. Over a hundred years after her death, some carpenters working on the Beaumaris Castle discover a box containing the duchess' diary, written in a secret code none could decipher... except for our narrator, who four centuries later has finally found the key to unlocking the mysteries within.
The Shrouded Eleanor
A Deliberate and Ambitious Plot
The whole twist of her diary being found and deciphered five hundred years later adds a bit of an interesting angle on the story, especially since it creates an interesting contrast between what actually happened to her and the distorted truth people in the modern age believe. There are jumps back and forth in time which get a bit confusing in some instances, but it's not too distracting as we can quickly infer whether we're in the deep past or present times.