The Maxwells (Countess and Earl of Nithsdale)

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Portrait (left) of Winifred Herbert Maxwell, Countess of Nithsdale, the inspiration for Bethan Glentaggart in A Noble Cunning. Many of the events in the novel mirror actual events in Winifred’s dramatic life.

Although she and her family were members of the nobility, they suffered severe persecution for their devotion to the Catholic faith.

Portrait (right) of William Maxwell, Earl of Nithsdale, the real-life model for Gavin Glentaggart in A Noble Cunning.


Portraits of Winifred and William Maxwell by permission of the Traquair House Charitable Trust.

Praise for A Noble Cunning

“…a sumptuously detailed historical novel…based on a fiercely courageous woman fighting tirelessly against political and religious tyranny.”

– Kathleen Kent, NY Times bestselling author of The Heretic’s Daughter

“…a riveting and largely unknown story, based on true events, about a remarkable woman’s strength, love and courage against formidable odds.”

– Karen Brooks, international bestselling author of The Good Wife of Bath and The Locksmith’s Daughter

“…dramatic flair and suspense that captures you to the very end…a must read.”

– Sister Jane Meyer, O.P., former Head, St. Agnes Academy, Houston

“The author brings both the Scottish Lowlands and Hanoverian London vividly to life with a keen eye for period detail and a heart-stopping denouement.”

– Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages

“A riveting tale of one woman’s courage and determination! Her forceful personality makes A Noble Cunning a gripping page-turner.”

– David Blixt, author of What Girls Are Good For and Her Majesty’s Will

“Patricia Bernstein paints a compelling and dramatic portrait of Scotland in the perilous time of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion…an immersive tale of adventure, rich with period detail.”

– Gillian Bagwell, author of The September Queen

“The highly descriptive narrative moves at an engaging pace, and the character development is utterly exquisite.”

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