Emma and Edgar Torbet are fraternal twins. One of them is considered a bastard. Which one of them is it?
Novels by Katherine Pym
London 1661. In this era the old belief that twins cannot be sired by one man still prevails, a superstition which automatically makes the mother of Edgar and Emma Torbet an adulteress. Desperate to protect her children from their violent father she flees, finally settling in London.
Twenty years later, the Edgar and Emmatha Torbet are caught up in a life of turmoil: They are fratnernal, and Roman Catholics in an overwhelmingly Protestant London.
Edgar embarks on an affair with a married woman, and is forced to strike an ominous agreement with her ailing husband, while Emma, who has been declared the bastard, is forced to marry a widowed gentleman farmer. To her horror Emma discovers he’s not only a penniless gambler, but is also having an affair with his sister-in-law.
A Melancholy Tale of Affection, Twins will bring to the reader the history of 1661 London in its finest clarity. With the volatile religious and superstitious beliefs, this tale of Twins is a page turner.
Someone knocked loud on the door."Middy Johns,” the astrologer called. “I must speak with thee.”
Middy’s heart beat hard as she put the babe to the bed, then opened the door. “Aye, Giles. What’s amiss?”
“I can’t read the sky, Middy. ‘Tis the first in me lifetime. I cannot read the sky.”
“What do you see, then?”
He shook loose leafs of paper at her face. “I cannot put anything to this, for it’s all a’ tangle, Middy. The stars overlap each other. They’re the same and then they ain’t. ‘Tis a riddle, I tell you, a riddle.” He sighed and lowered his head. “There ain’t nothing good coming of this birth.”