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Under King Charles II, England's New World colonies are flourishing, as is France's colony Louisianne. Napolean is the dreaded Master of the European continent . . . And Sarah Cunningham, a woman from our own world, knows all too well what a difference this makes, for not long ago she was ripped from her life as a United States citizen in our history. Sarah, now the Duchess of Wessex, journeys to North America with her new husband, the Duke—but this is no pleasure trip. The fate of the world—New and Old—rests on her saving her friend Meriel, rescuing Louis, rightful King of France, from the clutches of the Marquis de Sade, and finding the Holy Grail. But she and her beloved Duke are beset by perils that will test their strength and spirit to the utmost.

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Leopard in Exile

By

Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill

Contents

Author's Foreword

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Footnotes

TOR BOOKS BY ANDRE NORTON

The Crystal Gryphon

Dare to Go A-Hunting

Flight in Yiktor

Forerunner

Forerunner: The Second Venture

Here Abide Monsters

Moon Called

Moon Mirror

The Prince Commands

Ralestone Luck

Stand and Deliver

Wheel of Stars

Wizards' Worlds

Wraiths of Time

Grandmasters' Choice
(Editor)

The Jekyll Legacy
(with Robert Bloch)

Gryphon's Eyrie
(with A. C. Crispin)

Songsmith
(with A. C. Crispin)

Caroline
(with Enid Cushing)

Firehand
(with P. M. Griffin)

Redline the Stars
(with P. M. Griffin)

Sneeze on Sunday
(with Grace Allen Hogarth)

House of Shadows
(with Phyllis Miller)

Empire of the Eagle
(with Susan Shwartz)

Imperial Lady
(with Susan Shwartz)

THE SOLAR QUEEN (with Sherwood Smith)

Derelict for Trade

A Mind for Trade

THE WITCH WORLD (Editor)

Four from the Witch World

Tales from the Witch World 1

Tales from the Witch World 2

Tales from the Witch World 3

WITCH WORLD:

THE TURNING

I
Storms of Victory
(with P. M. Griffin)

II
Flight of Vengeance
(with P. M. Griffin and Mary Schaub)

III
On Wings of Magic
(with Patricia Mathews and Sasha Miller)

MAGIC IN ITHKAR

(Editor, with Robert Adams)

Magic in Ithkar 1

Magic in Ithkar 2

Magic in Ithkar 3

Magic in Ithkar 4

THE HALFBLOOD CHRONICLES
(with Mercedes Lackey)

The Elvenbane

Elvenblood

CAROLUS REX (with Rosemary Edghill)

The Shadow of Albion

Leopard in Exile

TIME TRADERS (with Sherwood Smith)

Echoes in Time

TOR BOOKS BY ROSEMARY EDGHILL

Bell, Book, and Murder

comprising:
Speak Daggers to Her
,

Book of Moons, The Bowl of Night

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are either products of the

author's imagination or are used fictitiously.

LEOPARD IN EXILE

Copyright © 2001 by Andre Norton, Ltd. & Rosemary Edghill

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or portions thereof, in any form.

Edited by James Frenkel

A Tor Book

Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

175 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10010

www.tor.com

Tor® is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

ISBN: 0-812-54540-0

First edition: April 2001

First mass market edition: February 2002

Printed in the United States of America

To Teresa Nielsen Hoyden and Jennara Wenk for industrial-strength eleventh-hour hand-holding.

And to Harry and Bandit, for Cavalier Attitude and being Very Patient.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors would like to thank the SFF.NET Contra-historians (and various otters) for their help:

Constance Ash (for Washington's toast and other matters)

John C. Bunnell (for straightening out all my theories about where the Cree should be)

India Edghill (for the third Countess of Monticello, nyahh!)

Zette Gifford

Sharon Lee

Thomas J. Lewis (for the Ferguson rifle and general New World military advice)

Anne McCaffrey (for advice and input on an earlier draft)

Steve Miller

Adam Pacio

Beth Nachison

Allen Hazen

Laura J. Underwood

Lawrence Watt-Evans

Rose Wolf

Most of you for hand-holding and reference-pointing at short notice in my SFF.NET newsgroup, and

some for other things. My apologies to all those I've omitted here, who listened to my ideas,

commiserated with me about my research sources, and generally provided emotional support during the

writing of this book.

And most of all my coauthor, the Lady herself, Andre Norton, without whom neither this book nor this

world would exist at all.

—ree

NOTE

In writing an historical novel these days, even a contra-historical novel, the writer walks a fine line

between the political correctness of modern enlightened usage and the way people actually spoke and

thought at the time. In referring to tribal and slave populations of the New World, I've done my best to

be clear and reasonably naturalistic while still trying to avoid terms that make me wince (complicating

matters is the fact that nearly every Native American tribal name used in the East and South translates as

"the People.") Only you can be the judge of how well I've succeeded at this delicate—and sometimes

ticklish—task.

—ree

May this nation always be a lesson and an example to princes.

—George Washington

AUTHOR'S FOREWORD:

An Empire That Never Was

The "If Theory" of history is that oftentimes in world history distinct and radical changes rest upon a single

event or person. From that particular point two worlds then come into existence, one in which the matter

goes one way and one wherein it goes the other.

The point of divergence here is the affair of the Duke of Monmouth in the days of Charles II. The

majority of the English people at the time of Charles' death were bitterly opposed to the return of a

Catholic ruler. Unfortunately, Charles II had not been able to produce a living heir by his Portuguese

wife, Catherine of Braganza, though he had a number of illegitimate children by various mistresses, upon

whom he settled dukedoms and other major honors.

There has always been a rumor that James, Duke of Monmouth, the eldest known of Charles' by-blows,

is actually legitimate—that Charles, while in exile, did marry Mistress Waters, the Duke's mother.

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