The Tarnished Chalice (Matthew Bartholomew Series #12)

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In 1356, on a bitter winter evening, Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael arrive in Lincoln—Michael to accept an honor from the cathedral, and Bartholomew to look for the woman he wants to wed. It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine—one guest has already been murdered. It emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies,...

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Overview

In 1356, on a bitter winter evening, Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael arrive in Lincoln—Michael to accept an honor from the cathedral, and Bartholomew to look for the woman he wants to wed. It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine—one guest has already been murdered. It emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies, and intrigue in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

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Gregory's 12th reveals skullduggery in Lincoln, a once-powerful city in crisis in 1356. Physician Matthew Bartholomew, accompanied by his book-bearer Cynric, is in search of his lost love Matilde. His friend Brother Michael is to be installed as a cathedral canon. On arriving, they discover two factions viciously battling for power as a string of unexplained deaths grows longer by the day. Michael's reputation as a detective (The Mark of a Murderer, 2005, etc.) has preceded him, and the Bishop asks him to investigate. Twenty years ago, the Hugh Chalice, a holy relic, was stolen. Now it has reappeared. One of the warring factions is a group of villains involved in the original theft but cleared by a bribed Cambridge jury. The clergy of Lincoln are a licentious group, and even Michael seems to succumb to the wiles of the beautiful widow Christiana, who assists the revered Dame Eleanor while waiting to see if the King finds her a husband to her liking. Matthew has no luck learning the whereabouts of Matilde from the wealthy merchant who had once asked for her hand, but each day the Cambridge group becomes more mired in local hostilities, and they barely escape several attacks on their lives. The crimes of the past help to reveal the truth in a bloody ending. Beneath the verbiage lurks a rather mundane mystery. For dedicated medievalists only.
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Skillfully blending history, medicine, and murder most foul, these intricate, richly textured medieval mysteries follow the investigations of 14th-century Cambridge physician and forensic sleuth Matthew Bartholomew. The pseudonymous author Susanna Gregory, a Cambridge academic, is a former coroner’s officer. Writing under the pseudonym Simon Beaufort, she is also the author of the Sir Geoffrey Mappestone Mysteries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780751535457
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew Series , #12
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 927,726
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. Her series of medieval mysteries, including Blood on the Strand, The Hand of Justice, The Mark of a Murderer, and To Kill or Cure have gained a formidable following.
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