The Inquisitor: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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I hereby record those events which took place in and around the city of Lazet relating to the assassination of our venerable Brother Augustin Duese in the year of the Incarnate Word, 1318.

So writes Brother Bernard, an Inquisitor of Heretical Depravity, following the discovery of his superior's dismembered corpse. At a time when heresy is a heinous offence, routed out with ruthless determination, Brother Bernard is accustomed to dispensing ...
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The Inquisitor: A Novel

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Overview


I hereby record those events which took place in and around the city of Lazet relating to the assassination of our venerable Brother Augustin Duese in the year of the Incarnate Word, 1318.

So writes Brother Bernard, an Inquisitor of Heretical Depravity, following the discovery of his superior's dismembered corpse. At a time when heresy is a heinous offence, routed out with ruthless determination, Brother Bernard is accustomed to dispensing harsh justice. But as he attempts to make sense of this shocking crime, he himself becomes an object of persecution-thanks to his passionate involvement with a mysterious suspect and her beautiful daughter.

Pursued as a heretic, implicated as a murderer, Bernard must now face his accusers. To fail such a task, in fourteenth century France, means certain death.
Catherine Jinks has crafted a magnificent tale of murder, forbidden lust and betrayal.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466882799
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 310,243
  • File size: 398 KB

Meet the Author


Catherine Jinks was born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1963. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and later spent four years studying medieval history at the University of Sydney. After working for several years as a journalist, she now lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband, Peter, and their daughter.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    insightful authentic historical novel

    Early in the fourteenth century in Lazet, France Dominican Brother Bernard enjoys his pious position as assistant to Father Jacques, the Head of the Inquisition into Heretical Depravity. However, Brother Bernard¿s comfortable lifestyle abruptly ends in 1318 when someone kills Father Jacques, dismembering the corpse. Ailing ascetic Father Augustin replaces Father Jacques and quickly digs deep into the homicide as well as several incidents in which his predecessor declared local VIPs free of heresy. Demanding the accounts of the Inquisitorial registers, Father Augustin learns several are missing. Father Augustin also makes inquiries into an enclave of women living just outside of Lazet, thinking females living alone practice witchcraft or prostitution. However, a massacre occurs as someone(s) slices up Augustin and his ensemble. The new Inquisition leader Pierre-Julien plans to prove that the women and Bernard are ritual murdering heretics even if he lacks any evidence. Those readers who demand authenticity in a historical novel will prefer the uncompromising and invigorating look at the fourteenth century through the mindset of a Dominican Inquisitor. Bernard¿s first person narration enables the reader to observe what seems so hypocritical from the perspective of modern times as the Inquisitors use biblical doctrine to defend their ¿under God¿ actions. Catherine Jinks¿ well written and insightful debut novel is a triumph for those who desire accuracy, but the audience should realize that it will take the paradigm switch of a historiographer to appreciate this deep look at a period of religious fervor and terror. Harriet Klausner

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