Written by Barbara Cartland
Having read with breathless excitement the tales of the legendary Dukes of Burgundy Philip the Bold, Charles the Rash and John the Fearless the beautiful Lady Yursa Home is thrilled when her grandmother takes her to Castle Montréal, where the Head of their Family, the illustrious Duc César rules almost as if he was a King. The untouched and innocent Yursa has a good idea of the visit’s real purpose as she has overheard a supposedly secret conversation in the drawing room between her grandmother and her father. Her grandmother aims to marry her off to the Duc , thereby saving him from the clutches of the sinister yet most alluring beauty Zelée de Salône, who is staying for far too long at his magnificent Château.. Blissfully unaware that she has made a mortal enemy, Yursa is kidnapped by Zelée’s gang of followers and to her horror finds that she is a witch and a Satanist. Tied to a stake, Yursa is to be sacrificed to Satan by burning at the stake as a perverted revenge for Joan of Arc at the hands of English soldiers in 1431. By an unusual form of telepathy the Duc has a very strong feeling that she is in danger and acts accordingly. Can the strange magic that seems to connect her so instinctively to the smoulderingly handsome Duc be love? And has it the power to conquer evil and save her life and his from the evil wiles and schemes of Zelé de Salône?