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A Friar's Bloodfeud (Medieval West Country Series #20)
     

A Friar's Bloodfeud (Medieval West Country Series #20)

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by Michael Jecks
 

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Bailiff Simon Puttock's servant, Hugh, has been granted leave to look after his wife Constance and help raise her child. One day she is attacked and raped by a gang of men at her home. She sees her son being murdered and her man Hugh struck down before she is killed and the house set on fire. When Simon and Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, arrive

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Bailiff Simon Puttock's servant, Hugh, has been granted leave to look after his wife Constance and help raise her child. One day she is attacked and raped by a gang of men at her home. She sees her son being murdered and her man Hugh struck down before she is killed and the house set on fire. When Simon and Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, arrive on the scene, the cottage has burned to the ground and the body of the child lies outside. Inside there is a woman's torso, badly burned, but no remains of Hugh. The fire raged so fiercely, all believe Hugh died inside. However, things are not so simple, and not only does Simon vow revenge, there are dark forces lurking which will cause no end of mischief and bloodshed.

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Life in medieval England continues to be a struggle for survival, with death a constant companion. Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace (The Templar's Penance, 2003, etc.), feels obligated to help his old friend Bailiff Simon Puttock investigate the death of his loyal servant Hugh, whose home was near the village of Iddesleigh. The area is coveted by Sir Geoffrey Servington, Steward for the Despenser family, whose greed for land and lucre knows no bounds. Trying to hold the land is Sir Odo de Bordeaux, who owes allegiance to Sir John Sully. The same day that the bailiff's servant and his family are slaughtered and their house burnt, Sir Odo's bailiff is ordered from his house, which also goes up in smoke. Baldwin, his wife and child and their servants Edgar and Emma settle at a small inn, where local gossip puts the blame on Sir Geoffrey. But the mystery is complicated by the discovery of the bodies of Ailward, Servington's sergeant, after a dangerous game of football, and Lady Lucy, a wealthy young widow who had been tortured and thrown in a bog. Hugh is discovered alive, hidden by one of two mysterious clergymen newly arrived in the area. Baldwin weaves the strings into a pattern that throws blame where it belongs and brings uneasy peace to the West Country. Target audience: history buffs interested in period minutiae.

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ISBN-13:
9780755323005
Publisher:
Headline Book Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Medieval West Country Series , #20
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
953,027
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.32(d)

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Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history, especially that of Devon and Cornwall. He lives with his family in northern Dartmoor.

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