He was a slave, an assassin and a soldier of the Caliphate of Egypt. He was sent as an emissary to Rome to solicit western help in fighting the Turks. Little did he know that he will be the instigator of the greatest war the world has ever seen.
"If I choose to wed then I want a man that is older. For men are like fine wine. If he is not at least one year my senior- then send him on his way out. For I do not seek a husband that I am expected to consummate with as well as raise." That is exactly what Lady Clarisse Renoir had gotten after she had spoken those words. Clarisse was the daughter of the Duc de Normandie. She was well mannered, smart, and a true beauty. However she had no interest in marriage. Yet when she meets future Archduke Darius Laroque De Paris- she no longer has a choice in the matter. The Archduke's health is failing, and Darius is expected to wed in order to take the title. When he proposes to the Duchess de Normandie that he claims Lady Clarisse as his wife, she instantly agrees. However Clarisse does not go quietly.