The King's Bishop (Owen Archer Series #4)

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From the murky Thames to the misty Moors of the North, murder stalks Welsh soldier-sleuth Owen Archer and his dearest friend...

It is 1367. When Sir William of Wyndesore's page is found drowned in the icy Windsor Castle moat, some say he was done away with by Ned Townley-soldier, spy, and jealous lover, But Ned's struggle to prove his innocence to his ladylove, Mary, is thwarted by his abrupt dispatch to Yorkshire on a royal mission.

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From the murky Thames to the misty Moors of the North, murder stalks Welsh soldier-sleuth Owen Archer and his dearest friend...

It is 1367. When Sir William of Wyndesore's page is found drowned in the icy Windsor Castle moat, some say he was done away with by Ned Townley-soldier, spy, and jealous lover, But Ned's struggle to prove his innocence to his ladylove, Mary, is thwarted by his abrupt dispatch to Yorkshire on a royal mission.

Soon an unseen hand speeds Mary to a watery grave, while hot-tempered Ned vanishes in the northern wilds. And Archer, his old comrade-in-arms, must pursue him through a tangle of threats and butchered corpses, to save his life...or to bring him to justice. Owen, with his one sound eye, can see more than most with two, but what the bold ex-archer spies-with the help of his apothecary wife Lucie-will enmesh him and his friend in the dark and bloody intrigues of Church, crown, and court.

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"Robb continues to adeptly blend politics with period detail and three-dimensioned characterization in the Owen Archer tales." —Publishers Weekly

"A superb medieval mystery thoroughly grounded in historical fact." —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
Robb's fourth chronicle of 14th-century church and crown power-plays, highlighting Owen Archer, her Welsh, one-eyed soldier hero (The Nun's Tale, 1996, etc.). King Edward is determined to make William of Wykeham the next Bishop of Winchester, despite the Pope's objections, and he needs the support of the influential Cistercian monks of the abbeys at Fountains and Rievaulx. Archer is to lead the group traveling north on that mission. Sharing the task is his friend Ned Townley, a spy for the Duke of Lancaster, the King's son, who is now in France. Ned is in trouble with the household soldiers of Sir William Wyndosore. Sir William's page Daniel has drowned after a threatening encounter with Ned—who was known to be wildly jealous of Daniel's innocent friendship with Ned's dearly beloved Mary, maid to the King's mistress Alice Perrers. The traveling mission has not reached its goal when Ned gets the news that Mary, too, has drowned. In short order, the group's friar Don Ambrose disappears, as do two of his soldiers. Ned is on the run, tagged a murderer, and only Archer can save him—with help from a surprising source and the revelation of a dark secret. Meantime, amid the proliferation of characters, long-winded conversations, chases through desolate landscapes, and detailed accounts of Archer's idyllic domestic interludes with his adored apothecary wife, only the incisive portraits of Alice Perrers and Lord Chancellor John Thoresby stand out. The rest is a jumbled scenario.

Likely to be appreciated mainly by history buffs and medievalists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312962821
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Owen Archer Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Candace M. Robb, author of The Apothecary Rose, The Lady Chapel, The Nun's Tale, The King's Bishop, and A Gift of Sanctuary, lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, and makes frequent trips to England to research her novels. She teaches a mystery writing class at the University of Washington.

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  • Posted January 19, 2015

    "The King's Bishop" is part of the Owen Archer series

    "The King's Bishop" is part of the Owen Archer series by Candace Robb. Owen Archer is one of my favorite fictional characters. This one-eyed former archer turned apothecary apprentice lives in the 1300's in England. He is also a spy for the archbishop of York and as such finds himself on many adventures, facing peril and intrigue alike while unraveling the mysteries that affect the archbishop and his position both in the church and at the Royal court.

    In this installment of the series Owen's friend and fellow soldier, Ned, finds himself being hunted down while on a mission for the king. Ned is suspected of killing a priest he was charged with protecting and he has just found out that the girl he wished to marry has been murdered. He decides to run. Owen is charged with finding him and returning him to court.

    Candace Robb does a fantastic job of bringing the period and the characters to life in this series. I return to these books again and again as old friends. Be prepared to challenge your brain a bit with these stories because the twists, turns and intrigues of a royal court can be hard to keep up with but well worth the effort. I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    A thrilling historical mystery...

    Read this series, the Owen Archer books are wonderful and this one does not disappoint. The author writes a clever and entertaining mystery which I find rich in description of the time period without being dull or having to skip boring parts. I read every word!

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