Isolde is a young and beautiful noble lady with a heart shaped face, framed by long, blonde hair. Deep blue eyes and a determined mouth reveal her untameable confidence. She bathes in rosewater and scented oils as a lady of status should, and wears her mother’s sapphires and a belt of priceless, Arabic gold over her gown of mourning. She has a tender heart and her purse is always open to children, women, and beggars.
Isolde has been raised by her father with the expectation that she will inherit his castle and lands and thus be a lady of independent means and autonomy. On her father’s death however, it becomes apparent that her freedom is to be limited. Her inheritance is usurped by her brother and, refusing to marry his choice of husband for her, she is forced to accept the only other option available to her, to take holy vows and enter the local nunnery as a Lady Abbess. There is a growing bond and physical attraction between Luca and Isolde as the plot develops. Meaning beautiful, Isolde, is a name redolent of Malory’s iconic Tristan and Isolde (1470). It is the Celtic version of the name that has other variants such as Isoletta in Italian.