The Prophecy of Death (Medieval West Country Series #25)

The Prophecy of Death (Medieval West Country Series #25)

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by Michael Jecks
     
 

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The new thrilling medieval mystery from the West Country's master of crime.

1325: There is turmoil in England. But could the Prophecy of St Thomas's Holy Oil save King Edward? It is believed that the king who is anointed with it will conquer France, unite Christendom and throw the heathens from the Holy Land. King Edward II has rejected his wife, confiscated

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The new thrilling medieval mystery from the West Country's master of crime.

1325: There is turmoil in England. But could the Prophecy of St Thomas's Holy Oil save King Edward? It is believed that the king who is anointed with it will conquer France, unite Christendom and throw the heathens from the Holy Land. King Edward II has rejected his wife, confiscated her income and taken away her children. Yet even now she is in France to negotiate peace with her brother, King Charles IV. Meanwhile, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock return from France with an urgent instruction for the King. Before long Baldwin and Simon find themselves at the centre of a deadly court intrigue involving the most powerful and ruthless men in the country, who will stop at nothing to achieve their ambitions...

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"Jecks does a good job of evoking the brutal and tempestuous society of the period."  —Publishers Weekly

"Great characterization, a detailed sense of place, and a finely honed plot make this a superb medieval historical."  —Library Journal

"Memorable characters, steadily absorbing period background . . . a commendable achievement."  —Kirkus Reviews

"The most wickedly plotted medieval mystery novels."  —The Times

"Really difficult to put down."  —Historical Novels Review

"Each page is densely packed with cuckolding, coarseness, lewdness, lechery, gore galore, but also with nobility. A heady mix."  —North Devon Journal

"A gem of historical storytelling."  —Northern Echo

"This is another solid entry in a reliable series."   —Ellery Queen

Publishers Weekly

Set in 1325, Jecks's solid 25th Knights Templar mystery (after 2008's The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover) finds Edward II, England's unpopular king, trying to calm his factious nobles and dispel threat of foreign invasion by being reanointed with sacred oil that, according to a prophecy, was revealed in a dream by the Holy Virgin to St. Thomas à Becket. When the oil goes missing, series hero Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his bailiff friend, Simon Puttock, seek to recover it, traveling from Canterbury to Westminster, with various stops along the way. Since the course of action provides few hints of the unexpected ending, armchair sleuths must read carefully. Despite a somewhat thin plot and mostly undeveloped secondary characters, Jecks does a good job of evoking the brutal and tempestuous society of the period. As an authorial note suggests, he's a stickler for adhering to the historical facts. (Mar.)

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Ellery Queen
This is another solid entry in a reliable series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780755344154
Publisher:
Headline Book Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Medieval West Country Series , #25
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

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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The Prophecy of Death (Medieval West Country Series #25) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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GConradDietz More than 1 year ago
The Prophecy of Death is the 25th in the Templar series. I have purchased and read all twenty-five finding each one a great read. Michael is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to each and every new adventure of Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Baliff Simon Puttock that flows from his pen. In my opinion, these Medieval Mysteries are a must read.