A KNIGHT'S DUTY, the debut novel by W.J. Small

Left for dead amid a town set aflame, 14th-century squire Thomas Gray rises from the ashes to become one of England’s most feared and respected knights. Son of a bullying father, husband to a stranger, witness to the brutality on both the battlefield and gallows, Thomas Gray must confront his own demons and those of his country during the turbulent First War of Scottish Independence.

Drawn on historical accounts, A Knight's Duty is the story of a man of his time: a knight, a husband, a father, a friend.

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W. J. Small is a struggling runner, dog lover, and avid historian, focusing on late medieval Britain. She became fascinated with Thomas Gray while researching the First War of Scottish Independence and was soon drawn into the labyrinth of early 14th-century life.

When not enmeshed in the past, she splits her time between New York and South Carolina, where she lives with her husband, son, and two Jack Russell terriers.