The Siege of Caerlaverock

The Siege of Caerlaverock is a medieval adventure for 8-13 year olds and set during the real life siege of Caerlaverock Castle in July 1300. A heraldic poem about the siege survives and told me exactly who was there and how the events progressed. As a Middle Ages aficionado, I was so very drawn to the story and really wanted to write about this, especially if I could weave in an unusual perspective.

The gorgeous cover, juxtaposing the ruin of Caerlaverock with the shadows of what happened there. I am especially chuffed about the cover quote from one of my very favourite authors.

That perspective is my main character, Ada. She is a laundress in the castle, but her fried Godfrey is an eight-year-old page boy, destined to become a knight one day. When they stumble across a terrible secret, they have a choice: stay silent and survive or be courageous and risk it all.

However, the King of England is on the march across the border, and soon all the castle-dwellers at Caerlaverock find themselves besieged and embattled. Unluckily for Ada, the most dangerous enemy of all is within the castle walls.

There is nowhere to hide!

File:Caerlaverock Castle from the air.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Caerlaverock Castle is a ruin you can still visit today. It’s Scotland’s only triangular Medieval fortress and its name means ‘Fort of the skylarks’.