This character list is a work-in-progress and will be updated with each book’s publication. If you’re behind on reading the series, there may be spoilers!
Alfred—son of Heloise and resident of Beaupoint village, he becomes Amaury’s squire in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Alys Armstrong—daughter of Robert Armstrong and a reputed witch, she is living on her family holding in poverty when Maximilian returns to claim Kilderrick. She has dark hair and green eyes and a burn scar on her face and arm, a souvenir of Maximilian’s initial attack on Kilderrick. She is 24 in 1375 and her story is The Wolf & the Witch.
Amaury de Vries, later Amaury d’Evroi—oldest son of Gaston (by Florine) who learns in The Wolf & the Witch that Jean le Beau was his father, and is disinherited as a result. A knight, active in tournaments, he has a destrier (Zephyr) which is chestnut with a white star on his brow, a falcon (Persephone) and three hounds (Bête, Grise, Noisette). Amaury has chestnut hair that can look blonder in the sun and blue eyes and is one year younger than Maximilian: he is 32 in 1375. At the end of The Wolf & the Witch, he abandons his command of Kilderrick to pursue the men who have abducted Elizabeth with Oliver. Amaury and Elizabeth’s book is The Hunter & the Heiress.
Anna—mother of Twyla, Thomas and Robert and wife of the smith at Beaupoint in The Hunter & the Heiress. The smith is unnamed and absent (seeking work) but he returns to Beaupoint in the epilogue.
Ardyne—Elizabeth’s mother, married to Percival D’Acron in an arranged marriage that became a love match. She died of a fever when Elizabeth was twelve.
Armorer (Unnamed)—he comes from Carlisle to Kilderrick to work/live at the end of The Wolf & the Witch
Audry—the bonesetter in Beaupoint village and daughter of Erwina, the healer.
Bayard—Henri’s 6-year old son (unnamed in The Wolf & the Witch)
Bertram—one of the men-at-arms who return to Beaupoint with Laurent. He is small and dark, and fights with Oscar.
Bête—the largest of Amaury’s hunting hounds, he is black and the best tracker.
Beth Carter—a villager in Rowan Fell who is a brewster; she is married to Niall.
Blanchefleur—Elizabeth’s mare, a dapple and daughter of her father’s destrier.
Calum Moffatt—Elizabeth’s betrothed as arranged by James d’Acron. She took an immediate dislike to him and fled Beaupoint to protest the match. He offered a generous reward for her delivery to him at Caerlaverock where he serves Robert de Maxwell.
Ceara—a woman who has taken shelter with Alys, the second to join her. She’s a redhead with hazel eyes, originally from the Isles whose family traded in horses. She hunts with a bow and provides meat for the women, and also despises Jeannie. She steals Rafael’s destrier, intending to sell him in Carlisle, and implicates him with his dagger when the Smith’s pig is stolen – and gives Oliver’s dagger to Alys in The Wolf & the Witch. Her story is The Dragon & the Damsel.
Clive—the miller at Beaupoint, who is described as looking less prosperous than is typical of a miller. His wife is Merry, who Amaury does not think looks merry at all. Later, we learn that the fields have been left fallow so revenue is presumably down at the mill.
Cormac Smith—the smith of Rowan Fell who accuses Rafael of seducing his daughter, Isobeal, in The Wolf & the Witch. His wife is Nerida.
Denis—the cook of de Vries who accompanies Maximilian with his wife Marie
Dorcha—Nyssa’s pet raven
Ealhard—one of the men-at-arms who return to Beaupoint with Laurent in The Hunter & the Heiress. He is not described.
Eamon Ross—sheriff of Rowan Fell (surname not mentioned in The Wolf & the Witch)
Edmond—the former seneschal at Beaupoint. He has left Beaupoint when Elizabeth and Amaury arrive there in The Hunter & the Heiress but has returned by the epilogue.
Elizabeth d’Acron—daughter of an English nobleman (Percival D’Acron) who fled her arranged marriage to Calum Moffatt. She was subsequently abducted by reivers and her maidenhead taken. She escaped them when Alys, Ceara and Nyssa robbed them of their spoils and joined Alys’ company of women almost a year before The Wolf & the Witch. She has auburn hair and brown eyes and is the one who understands the law and also military strategy: she anticipates what Maximilian will do to rout them, and suggests they set a trap for the spy who will seek them out, just as her father would have done. She is attracted to Amaury. At the end of The Wolf & the Witch, she is captured by two of Godfroy’s men, to be delivered to Calum Moffatt for the offered bounty. Her story is The Hunter & the Heiress.
Erwina—the healer at Beaupoint village. Her daughter, Audry, is a bonesetter.
Esther—a chestnut palfrey with a white star on her brow, purchased from Maximilian by Amaury in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Eudaline—a healer from de Vries and an elderly woman with vision problems who accompanies Maximilian to Scotland.
Father Owen—the priest at Beaupoint in The Hunter & the Heiress
Felicia—Amaury’s cousin whose marriage was arranged to a duc many years her senior by her father, against her objections. She subsequently fell very much in love with her husband, evidence to Amaury that arranged marriages work out for the best. By the time of The Hunter & the Heiress, Felicia has been married 15 years and the couple have five sons and a daughter.
Finlay Smith—a villager in Rowan Fell and formerly the smith, he no longer mans the forge because of his age. He has two sons, Cormac and Tynan. His son Cormac is now smith of Rowan Fell.
Flora—a chestnut palfrey with white socks, purchased from Maximilian by Amaury in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Frederick—an older man at Beaupoint who was the falconer in the time of Elizabeth’s father. He has taken the two falcons home with him to take care of them—they are Maeve and Magdalena—but returns to the hall in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Gaston de Vries—brother of Mathilde, Lord of Château Pouissance at beginning of The Wolf & the Witch, claims de Vries as oldest son of the blood, m. three times. His betrothed Florine was raped by Jean le Beau, resulting in Amaury, and he has two more sons Philip and Gasper, each by a different wife. He is pale blond with silvery eyes.
Gavin de Montgomerie—oldest son of the Baron of Clyffton and a former suitor of Elizabeth’s in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Ghita—a dapple palfrey with a dark mane and tail, taken by Amaury to carry baggage when he leaves Kilderrick in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Godfroy Macdonald—Alys’ betrothed, the third and youngest son of the Lord of the Isles who rejected Alys when she was scarred. He returns at the end of The Wolf & the Witch, having been summoned by Murdoch. He’s described as dark of hair, large and burly, with flashing green-grey eyes and a sense of entitlement. Nyssa has heard tales of his charm and his mother’s indulgence of him. Two of his men take Elizabeth captive to deliver her to Calum and claim the offered coin.
Grise—one of Amaury’s hunting dogs, she has long grey fur and bushy brows. She reminds Elizabeth of Grendal, her father’s dog who followed her when she was a child.
Gwendolyn—Murdoch’s mother, a maid in the service of the Percy’s, who was raped and left pregnant by Jean le Beau. She married Rupert Campbell, an older and kindly man, who raised her son as his own. She died when Murdoch was five.
Hamish—the cook at Beaupoint. His wife is Nelwyna.
Harriet—a red-haired maid in service at Beaupoint.
Heloise—the whore at Beaupoint and mother of Alfred.
Henri—the ostler from de Vries who accompanies Maximilian with his 6-year old son, Bayard. His wife died in childbirth and he is talkative when it comes to horses.
Hugh—one of the men-at-arms who return to Beaupoint with Laurent in The Hunter & the Heiress. He is not described.
Isobeal Smith—the youngest daughter of Finlay who is seduced by Rafael in The Wolf & the Witch, prompting her family to demand retribution from Maximilian.
James D’Acron—a cleric and Elizabeth’s uncle, who arranged her arranged marriage to Calum Moffatt after her father’s death, despite her objections. He also is Lord de Beaupoint.
Jean le Beau—a notorious mercenary and father of the four brothers, Maximilian, Rafael, Amaury and Murdoch. The series starts with his funeral. He served the Percy family in Alys’ recollection.
Jeannie Ross—wife of Eamon and notorious gossip. She recognizes Murdoch when he arrives and Maximilian notices her surprise. She also remembers that Murdoch swore vengeance upon the Silver Wolf for the death of his father, Rupert.
Laurent de Rousson—formerly captain-at-arms at Beaupoint, he has left the holding with the other warriors when Elizabeth and Amaury arrive in The Hunter & the Heiress, but is encouraged to return. The men have gone to the holding of Baron of Clyffton. Laurent was given a dapple destrier by Percival de Beaupoint, which the baron returns to Amaury at the end of the book. The horse is unnamed but is the son of Percival’s own destrier, thus a half-sibling of Blanchefleur.
Louis—a squire in Maximilian’s company who rides to hunt with Amaury and Oliver. He also helps to rethatch the roofs of the huts at Kilderrick.
Maeve and Magdalena—the peregrine falcons at Beaupoint, mentioned in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Mallory—a squire in Maximilian’s company. He goes with Rafael in search of Ceara in The Wolf & the Witch.
Marie—Denis’ wife, who accompanies Maximilian to Scotland, a baker.
Masons (unnamed)—they arrive to rebuild Kilderrick in The Wolf & the Witch and depart at Christmas, intending to return the following spring.
Mathilde de Vries—mother of Maximilian, lady of Château de Vries until death of Jean le Beau, retired to the convent of Ste. Radegunde at the beginning of The Wolf & the Witch, raped by Jean in front of her father which was the only time they coupled
Matteo—a mercenary from the Compagnie Rouge who accompanies Maximilian to Scotland; sleek and sinuous, dark-haired with silver at his temples, he has a slight limp and a scar on his cheek.
Maximilian de Vries—oldest son of Jean le Beau, a mercenary known as the Silver Wolf, former leader of the Companie Rouge, only son of Mathilde de Vries, blond with blue eyes. He is 33 in 1375 and came to Liddesdale fifteen years before. His black destrier is Tempest and his squire is Reynaud. He weds Alys Armstrong in their book, The Wolf & the Witch.
Merry—wife of the miller, Clive, in Beaupoint. She is not a person of cheerful appearance.
Miller’s son (unnamed)—he was the one who claimed Isobeal’s maidenhead
Miriam—the brewster at Beaupoint, she is plump and cheerful and has twin sons, Tyson and Roydon.
Morag—the woman of the woods and healer who took in Alys when she was burned and orphaned, tended her injuries and taught her to survive in the forest. Her hut is destroyed by Maximilian in The Wolf & the Witch to ensure that the women don’t have a sanctuary-but he has the masons rebuild it later as residence for Nyssa and Ceara. Morag had left Alys four small vials, each containing an herbal remedy. Only one has contents in The Wolf & the Witch and is hidden beneath the hearth stone, and Alys is relieved to see that the women took it. Morag had been Alys’ nursemaid but left Kilderrick when Robert assaulted her and moved to the hut in the woods. Morag did ensure that the dead Robert was buried in the church in Rowan Fell, though Alys cannot imagine how it was done.
Murdoch Campbell—son of Rupert Campbell, the castellan of Robert Armstrong. He has red hair, blue eyes, a beard, and thirst for vengeance. He blames Maximilian for his father’s death and vowed that he would avenge himself upon Jean le Beau and his followers. At the end of The Wolf & the Witch, he is revealed as the killer of Jean le Beau, when he summons Godfroy to attack Kilderrick and (apparently) kills Maximilian. Murdoch does not realize in The Wolf & the Witch that Jean le Beau was also his own father. His mother was a serving maid, Gwendolyn, who was raped by Jean le Beau and cast out by her family. She married the much-older Rupert who showed her kindness and took responsibility for her son. Murdoch’s story is The Scot & the Sorceress.
Nathalie—an orphan who served as a maid at de Vries and accompanies Maximilian to Scotland. She serves as Alys’ maid and marries Tynan Smith at the end of The Wolf & the Witch.
Nelwyna—a dark-haired woman who does not like James d’Acron and wife of Hamish, the cook at Beaupoint.
Nerida—a friend of Morag’s, she keeps bees and grows herbs and flowers in Rowan Fell and lives with her grand-daughter.
Nerida’s grand-daughter (unnamed)—she is skilled with a needle and sews new kirtles for Alys.
Niall Carter—a villager from Rowan Fell who owns an ox; his wife is Beth
Nicholas—a squire in Maximilian’s company. Maximilian summons him with a whistle of three notes.
Nigel de Montgomerie—second son of the Baron of Clyffton and Gavin’s younger brother.
Noisette—the youngest and smallest of Amaury’s hunting dogs, she is sleek and a fast runner.
Nyssa—one of the women who have taken shelter with Alys, the first. She is from the north and reputed to be a sorceress. She is tall, lithe and blond with green eyes. She has a witching stone, that she looks through to see the future, and keeps a pet raven. She goes to the Ninestang Ring each high quarter day, seeking a vision. Her story is The Scot & the Sorceress.
Oscar—one of the men-at-arms who returns to Beaupoint with Laurent in The Hunter & the Heiress. He is tall and bald, and missing two fingers. He is friends with Bertram and becomes captain-of-arms at Beaupoint by the end of The Hunter & the Heiress.
Odette—the gold and white hen that Nerida Smith gives to Maximilian in tribute for his judgement in favor of her daughter, which then follows him around the camp and sits on his lap.
Oliver—a squire in Maximilian’s company who is assigned to Amaury and also sent by Maximilian to spy on the three women in the forest. Maximilian thinks him clever, adept with languages and a good stalker. Oliver is captured, then returned to the company uninjured but naked and painted blue with woad. His dagger is also taken by the women and later given to Alys. He accompanies Amaury in pursuit of Elizabeth at the end of The Wolf & the Witch. He is tall but still slender, about 16, has straight brown hair and green eyes.
Percival D’Acron—Elizabeth’s father and an ally of Walter Stewart. He died and his holding of Beaupoint (west of Carlisle) passed to his younger brother, James, a cleric, along with the wardship of Elizabeth. The insignia of Beaupoint is a black field with three golden falcons.
Phantôm—Rafael’s dapple destrier.
Philip de Vries—son of Gaston and that man’s second wife, made Lord de Pouissance by his father on Jean le Beau’s death. He writes to Maximilian in The Wolf & the Witch, asking to hire the Compagnie Rouge to drive Gaston out of de Vries and claim that keep. He offers it to Maximilian as payment. Rafael rides to his assistance instead.
Priest of Rowan Fell (unnamed)—he is described as tall and angular, with a white tonsure and assessing gaze. He becomes flustered in Maximilian’s presence.
Raymond—Amaury’s uncle and lord d’Evroi, he trained Amaury for his spurs. He has a daughter, Felicia, whose marriage was arranged to a much older duc and became a happy match despite the maiden’s objections.
Rafael—third brother, son of Jean le Beau, swarthy dark good looks but blue eyes, a mercenary with a speciality in Greek fire. His destrier is Phantôm, a dapple, and Rafael is Venetian. He expected to be captain-at-arms of Kilderrick and when Maximilian delayed making him sheriff of Rowan Fell in the interim, he left Scotland to provide military aid to Philip at Château de Vries. He is 30 in 1375 and his story is The Dragon & the Damsel.
Raymond d’Evroi—Amaury’s maternal uncle (the older brother of Amaury’s mother, Florine) who trained him for his spurs. He holds Château Evroi and has three children who are Amaury’s cousins: Gerard, Felicia and Edouard. Amaury tells Elizabeth about Raymond and about Felicia’s arranged marriage in The Hunter & the Heiress, and Raymond makes a cameo appearance in the epilogue.
Reynaud—Maximilian’s squire. He is almost as tall as Maximilian, about 15 in The Wolf & the Witch, lanky with dark wavy hair and dark eyes, thickly lashed. He blushes in Alys’ presence and is fastidious.
Robert Armstrong—the former laird of Kilderrick who dabbled in sorcery and Alys’ father. He was burned to death in the fire started by Maximilian in the first assault upon the holding.
Sir Robert de Maxwell—Lord of Caerlaverock, he has regained the holding and is rebuilding it in The Hunter & the Heiress. Robert was an historical figure, although I have meddled with his dates a bit so that he could make better progress on Caerlaverock’s restoration. (The real Robert regained the keep in 1373: I gave it to him ten years earlier than the king actually did.) His wife is unnamed in the records, so she is unnamed in my book. Robert had two sons, at least, but I gave him a daughter, Meriot, as well. His grandson Herbert was the first created Lord Maxwell (c. 1440) His insignia was a diagonal black cross on a white ground (argent, saltire sable).
Rona—an older villager in Rowan Fell who keeps goats and sells their milk, also makes cheese
Royce— a mercenary from the Compagnie Rouge who accompanies Maximilian to Scotland; large and bearded with hair that hangs to his waist and a ring on every finger, he is missing an eye and part of one ear. He whittles and carves wood, including a set of bowls in The Wolf & the Witch.
Roydon—one of the twin sons of Miriam the brewster in Beaupoint, he helps Amaury at the hunt in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Rupert Campbell—Robert’s castellan and Murdoch’s father, he died in Maximilian’s initial attack on Kilderrick outside the door to the solar. He was defending Robert, but Maximilian did not strike him down. He died of age and fright, but Maximilian was blamed.
Simon—the ostler at Beaupoint, he is about 30 and of a cheerful disposition.
Tempest—Maximilian’s black destrier.
Thomas de Montgomerie—Baron of Clyffton, father of both Gavin and Nigel, and Lord Warden of the Marches. His insignia is a green field with a white hart upon it.
Twyla—daughter of the smith at Beaupoint, she helps Amaury at the hunt and later becomes Elizabeth’s maid. She has two younger brothers, Thomas and Robert.
Tynan Smith—a villager in Rowan Fell and the younger son of Finlay Smith. He is a tall, quiet, dark man and comes to Kilderrick to be blacksmith for the Silver Wolf’s horses. He marries Nathalie at the end of The Wolf & the Witch.
Tyson—one of the twin sons of Miriam the brewster in Beaupoint, he helps Amaury at the hunt in The Hunter & the Heiress.
Victor— a mercenary from the Compagnie Rouge who accompanies Maximilian to Scotland, large and swarthy, he is missing a finger on his left hand and a tooth, which is evident when he laughs.
William—a farmer from Rowan Fell who plays a harp
Yves—the former châtelain of Château de Vries who leads six to accompany Maximilian. (They include Denis and Marie, Nathalie, Henri and his 6 year old son, and Eudaline.) Yves is tall and older, with silver hair. He taught Maximilian to play chess as a child.
Zephyr—Amaury’s destrier, chestnut with a white star on his brow.