The third book of her Jacobean Trilogy, Josephine Bell's The Dark and the Light follows Sir Francis Leslie, a dedicated husband, father and scholar living in Seventeenth Century Oxford. Happy with his work and family life, Leslie determines to stay as clear as possible of the dangerous political world of the Jabobean Court. But his ambitious wife Katharine has other plans. Determined to make her way in the Court by whatever means necessary, Katharine draws herself and those around her into a web of treachery, corruption and intrigue – and unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events which will lead to one of the most notorious murders of the Seventeenth Century.
Seamlessly weaving together imagined and real historical narrative, with The Dark and the Light, Josephine Bell paints an intimate and terrifying portrait of the Court of King James.