The Bishop Must Die (Medieval West Country Series #28)

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1326: Queen Isabella refuses to leave France and further humiliates her husband King Edward II by flaunting her adulterous relationship with his sworn enemy, the arch-traitor Sir Roger Mortimer.

The King is furious when he hears he has also betrothed their son to the daughter of the French Count of Hainault, and all England fears invasion. King Edward suspects there is a rebellion afoot and his reign begins to disintegrate amidst panic, violence and terror. As news of an ...

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The Bishop Must Die: (Knights Templar 28)

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Overview

1326: Queen Isabella refuses to leave France and further humiliates her husband King Edward II by flaunting her adulterous relationship with his sworn enemy, the arch-traitor Sir Roger Mortimer.

The King is furious when he hears he has also betrothed their son to the daughter of the French Count of Hainault, and all England fears invasion. King Edward suspects there is a rebellion afoot and his reign begins to disintegrate amidst panic, violence and terror. As news of an invation fleet is received, the King's knights, including Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, are commanded to London to protect the King and his realm.

Meanwhile Bishop Stapledon, the Treasurer of England, is under threat - but from whom? He has made many dangerous enemies in a long political life and Baldwin and ex-bailiff Simon would-be assassin before he can strike. But in a chaotic London gripped with paranoia can the pair help their friend before its too late?

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The 28th entry in Jecks’s Knights Templar series (after 2009’s No Law in the Land) takes its time bringing series lead Baldwin de Furnshill into the main plot, but readers won’t mind the wait. In 1326, Walter Stapledon, the bishop of Exeter, begins to receive threatening letters that place him in fear for his life. Almost half the book goes by before the bishop asks his old friend de Furnshill, keeper of the king’s peace and investigator of suspicious death, for help in identifying the author of the threats. The letters somehow managed to find their way into the bishop’s inner sanctum from a number of possible culprits. Political turmoil—in particular, the prospect of a French invasion—also keeps the medieval detective busy. The sprawling cast of characters can be a bit overwhelming, but Jecks once again captures the spirit of the period with another exciting visit to 14th-century England. (June)
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"Jecks once again captures the spirit of the period with another exciting visit to 14th-century England."  —Publishers Weekly

“Jecks’s painstakingly researched medieval whodunit . . . is neatly enfolded in the continuing saga of Edward’s tumultuous reign.”  —Kirkus Reviews on The King of Thieves

“Jecks does a good job of evoking the brutal and tempestuous society of the period.”  —Publishers Weekly on The Prophecy of Death

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755344208
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Medieval West Country Series, #28
  • Pages: 403
  • Sales rank: 794,153
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jecks is the bestselling author of the Knights Templar series and a member of The Medieval Murderers.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    Amazing!

    Since I first learned of this series about 5 years ago, I could not help but be drawn to obtaining all of the titles in the series. Jecks not only does exceptional historical research for the series, but entwines well woven mysteries into the mix. There are few who could sustain a series as long as this without losing something yet he proves himself with each new title. I would say that rather than losing anything over time, he has grown in quality. I would not dream of getting rid of any of his titles! I would encourage anyone to search his website which includes many interesting photos of historical locations. Jecks is an author that puts great energy as well as integrity into his talented writing. I can only wish him many more years of writing for the enjoyment of his ever growing number of fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Jecks Continues to Out Do Himself

    The most recent title in this Templar Series by Micheal Jecks, "The Bishop Must Die," surprised me in that I did not think he could possibly get any better, yet he did. There are not a few authors who begin a series, and, at some point, just can't sustain quality of writing. This is not the case with Jecks! First, he has a passion for the primary locale where the main characters come from. His historical research goes well beyond just skimming a few pages in one or two source books. He takes real historical situations (14th centuryEngland) and weaves a tale within the historical framework using his characters along side the historical figures. I confess that I am "picky" in choosing authors whether it be in academic subjects or fiction. I happened upon one of Jecks books in the series a few years back. I found it so entertaining that I was compelled to get the first in the series and then the rest. To date, I have read 28 out of 28 in print (this series), and with a few, obtained them from the UK because of my impatience to read the next one. I have also read other works by Jecks to include collaborative efforts. I shared the collaborative works with others, one an academic editor, and each could pick out Jecks' contributions because of the quality of writing without previously knowing which portion was his. By sharing his books, I have created other avid fans of his writing. Search for his website and / or Facebook page.

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