A Tournament of Murders: The Franklin's Tale of Mystery and Murder as He Goes on Pilgrimage from London to Canterbury

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In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales,the pilgrims narrate tales during the days of their journeys to Canterbury, while in this brilliant series, each pilgrim entertains the company at night with a tale of murder or mystery. As Chaucer's pilgrims take shelter for the night around a roaring fire in a friary, The Franklin narrates a mysterious, bloody story set in 1356 with the victory of the Black Prince at Poitiers. During the fight, a young squire, Richard Greenele, lies dying and reveals to his knight, Gilbert Savage, ...
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In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales,the pilgrims narrate tales during the days of their journeys to Canterbury, while in this brilliant series, each pilgrim entertains the company at night with a tale of murder or mystery. As Chaucer's pilgrims take shelter for the night around a roaring fire in a friary, The Franklin narrates a mysterious, bloody story set in 1356 with the victory of the Black Prince at Poitiers. During the fight, a young squire, Richard Greenele, lies dying and reveals to his knight, Gilbert Savage, information leading to the discovery of his true parentage and the dreadful secrets surrounding his father's disgraceful death. As the truth evolves into a heinous tale of duplicity and murder, and a search for the lawyer, Hugo Coticol, who holds a sealed letter containing the facts, Gilbert is compelled to avenge his father's death.
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Doherty's third tale about a pilgrim on the way to Canterbury (An Ancient Evil, 1994; A Tapestry of Murders, 1996), this one narrated by the Franklin: young Richard Greenele, squire to Sir Gilbert Savage, his protector from childhood. As Sir Gilbert lies dying on the battlefield at Poitiers, he instructs Richard to return to England to find the lawyer Hugo Coticol, who will give him information on the deaths of his real father and mother. Richard reluctantly obeys, acquiring on the peril-filled journey two companions—master bowman Cuthbert Barleycorn and a trickster named Gildas. Arriving at last in plague-stricken Colchester, the trio discovers that Coticol is dead, but his daughter Emmeline finds the letter left for Richard and joins the group as they travel to the old Greenele estate on Crokehurst island, off the Essex coast. The letter, by one Sir Roger Greenele, describes how he was set up for the murders, at Crokehurst, of his good friends Baron Simon Fitzalan and wife Lady Catherine; how Richard's mother died in a convent; how he was imprisoned and condemned to die. He escaped and reached Coticol's house, but, according to a supplementary letter added by Coticol, was found drowned in the river only days later. Richard realizes that one of the five attendant knights described in his father's letter must have been behind the carnage and the entrapment of his father, and vows to seek out the truth.

There's more, much more, in a story filled with mysterious, skulking strangers, numerous bloody encounters, fatalities by the dozen, endless details of life in the 14th century, a sweet romance, and a nifty denouement that helps redeem the foregoing. Over the top, though, even for Doherty.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312170486
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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