The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover (Medieval West Country Series #24)

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It is 1325, and an atmosphere of dread and suspicion hangs over England like a thick fog. The last years have been racked by treachery and mistrust, and even the mightiest in the land have been effected. In the gilded cage that is the Palace of Westminster, Queen Isabella is troubled by court intrigue. Her jealous husband, King Edward II, has removed all her privileges, including her regal status and even access to her children. When Isabella is dispatched to France to negotiate peace with the French, Sir Baldwin...

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The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover: (Knights Templar 24)

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Overview

It is 1325, and an atmosphere of dread and suspicion hangs over England like a thick fog. The last years have been racked by treachery and mistrust, and even the mightiest in the land have been effected. In the gilded cage that is the Palace of Westminster, Queen Isabella is troubled by court intrigue. Her jealous husband, King Edward II, has removed all her privileges, including her regal status and even access to her children. When Isabella is dispatched to France to negotiate peace with the French, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill is sent along to ensure her safety. No one, it seems, can be trusted, not least the Queen’s own retinue. Murder, betrayal, adultery, and cold, calculating evil soon litter Baldwin’s tempestuous journey.

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Publishers Weekly
British author Jecks displays an impressive command of period in his ponderous 24th Knights Templar mystery (after 2007's Dispensation of Death). In 1325, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, a Knight Templar, and his friend Simon Puttock accompany Queen Isabella of England on a diplomatic mission to her brother, France's Charles IV. Soon after the queen and her entourage arrive in France, the Comte de Foix, "a powerful magnate," is found stabbed to death with Sir Baldwin's dagger. Accused of murder, Sir Baldwin must once again turn sleuth to clear his name-and save the queen's mission. A lengthy list of characters at book's start will be welcome to many readers, who may have trouble keeping them straight. A glossary of archaic words like "calefactory" and "tabor" is also useful.
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Kirkus Reviews
An honorable English knight confronts danger and deception on a mission to France. Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his bailiff Simon Puttock have been ordered to join the escorts of Queen Isabella, sister of the French king and unhappy wife of Edward II, king of England. Edward is still carrying on a scandalous romance with greedy, vicious Sir Hugh le Despenser, whose hold on the king is ruining the country. Now that England has lost the land it held in France, Isabella's mission is to negotiate with her brother for its return. Even before the trip starts, several murders in London are used to blackmail a troupe of English musicians to join the queen's retinue in order to spy on her. Along the way a French count is killed and Baldwin is framed for the crime. Still more fatalities await in Paris. As Baldwin investigates, he senses the disparate murders are connected, but there is no one but Simon he can trust. Even the other members of his party have their own agendas, some as spies for Despenser and others for Roger Mortimer, a valiant English general, whose hatred for Despenser has cost him dearly. As usual in Jecks (The Malice of Unnatural Death, 2007, etc.), the meticulous period detail paints a compelling portrait of medieval life, this time with the bonus of a well-integrated mystery.
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"Great characterization, a detailed sense of place, and a finely honed plot make this a superb medieval historical."  —Library Journal

"The meticulous period detail paints a compelling portrait of medieval life."  —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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755332847
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Medieval West Country Series , #24
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 422,853
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jecks is the author of the Knights Templar series and a member of the Medieval Murderers.

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    This book is mystery, suspense, history and a great tale all in one. The book is readable, has great characters, likable and not, and is set in 1325. This author has a knack for blending detail into his story so that it doesn't lose pace and you still have a sense of being there. The story doesn't get bogged down in detail, either descriptive or historical. It's a story that blends fact and fiction effortlessly while providing a birdseye view of the political arena of the time as well as a snapshot of daily life. Could hardly put the book down and left wanting more.

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