The Oath (Medieval West Country Series #29)

The Oath (Medieval West Country Series #29)

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by Michael Jecks
     
 

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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 favourite, 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

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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 favourite, 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 fourteenth-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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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.)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849832458
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Medieval West Country Series, #29
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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The Oath 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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