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Colin is the story of the handsome, maddeningly attractive, younger son of an aristocratic family whose history is bound to the legend of the first Colin Stanier, a shepherd, who sold his soul to the devil in order to seduce Queen Elizabeth I and become a wealthy land-owner. Succeeding eldest sons became even richer and more successful but:
“….Love, can find no seed cranny in their hearts”, while any woman they marry, “freezes in the Arctic cold of lovelessness”.
Generations of Stanier sons have kept the covenant through practising satanic rites down the ages and it can only be dissolved if one of them decides to renounce it.
When we meet Colin, the younger brother of his twin, Raymond, he is consumed by the desire get rid of Raymond, marry his cousin, Violet, and become heir to the Tudor House, built by the original Colin.
Author: E.F. Benson
Paperback Published 1994 302 pages