The Oath (Medieval West Country Series #29)

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Set amid the turmoil of war, when nobody's life is safe, comes a gripping new murder mystery from a master of medieval crime
 

1326. In an England riven with conflict, knight and peasant alike find their lives turned upside down by the warring factions of Edward II, with his hated favorite, Hugh le Despenser; and Edward's estranged queen Isabella and her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer. Yet even in such times the brutal slaughter of an entire ...

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Overview

Set amid the turmoil of war, when nobody's life is safe, comes a gripping new murder mystery from a master of medieval crime
 

1326. In an England riven with conflict, knight and peasant alike find their lives turned upside down by the warring factions of Edward II, with his hated favorite, Hugh le Despenser; and Edward's estranged queen Isabella and her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer. Yet even in such times the brutal slaughter of an entire family, right down to a babe in arms, still has the power to shock. Three further murders follow, and bailiff Simon Puttock is drawn into a web of intrigue, vengeance, power, and greed as Roger Mortimer charges him to investigate the killings. Michael Jecks brilliantly evokes the turmoil of 14th-century England, as his well-loved characters Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill strive to maintain the principles of loyalty and truth.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Boasts an exciting, twisting plot."  —Publishers Weekly on No Law in the Land

“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

"Stirring intrigue and a compelling cast of characters will continue to draw accolades from fans of the author's hefty historicals."  —Mystery Lovers Bookshop News on The Malice of Unnatural Death

Publishers Weekly
The inexplicable slaughter of Bristol merchant and moneylender Arthur Capon and his family propels British author Jecks's chilling 29th Knights Templar mystery (after April 2010's The Bishop Must Die). In October 1326, Edward II faces perhaps the greatest challenge of his disastrous 20-year reign. His queen, Isabella, and his eldest son, the duke of Aquitaine, are in France with the queen's lover, Sir Roger Mortimer, who threatens war unless Edward gets rid of his regent and alleged lover, Sir Hugh le Despenser. When more murders follow the Capon killings, Mortimer calls on bailiff Simon Puttock to investigate. Simon and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, keeper of the king's peace, get on a trail that takes them to Wales, where they get involved in the dramatic events leading to Despenser's execution in late November. Once again, Jecks seamlessly blends fact and fiction. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857200341
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Series: Medieval West Country Series , #29
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2010

    "The Oath" is True!

    I confess that I waffled and obtained the early release of the hardcover from the U.K. and just finished it. It is the most recent of the Michael Jecks Knights Templar series, and perhaps the best. The extra cost, for me, was worth the read! I accidentally read one of the earlier books in the series a few years ago. It was so good that I hunted down the first in the series and now have the complete series to date. I believe that I am discerning in selecting authors to read in this genre, historical murder mystery, and hold Michael Jecks and Bernard Knight in high regard. Jecks is meticulous in his historical research and uses first hand resources. He then weaves great tales of murder mystery within the historical context of early 14th century England. "The Oath" takes place in 1326, an important year in the reign of Edward II. I should note that "The Oath" is under his new publisher, Simon & Schuster U.K. with the previous titles having been done by Headline and still available. I would check out Michael Jecks website. Just search by his name and you will find it. He is also on FB and Twitter. I had to get away from academic reading for a while a few years ago, but found enjoyment in my love of history and good story telling with Jecks. I wish him many more years of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Highly recommended - a must read for Jecks fans.

    Jecks continues to maintain the high standard of entertaining historical fiction, his readers expect. I am eagerly awaiting his next book.

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