The Templar's Penance (Medieval West Country Series #15)

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It is 1323, and Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage, each seeking solace after the recent traumatic events in Gidleigh. Together, they travel across Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but danger is never far away. Foreign travel is perilous—outlaws and robbers threaten at all times, not to mention the risks of political unrest and a recent spate of attacks on pilgrims. But it seems an even greater menace hangs over the city of Santiago. A beautiful young...

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Overview

It is 1323, and Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage, each seeking solace after the recent traumatic events in Gidleigh. Together, they travel across Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but danger is never far away. Foreign travel is perilous—outlaws and robbers threaten at all times, not to mention the risks of political unrest and a recent spate of attacks on pilgrims. But it seems an even greater menace hangs over the city of Santiago. A beautiful young girl is found raped and murdered on the hillside, her broken body leaving no doubt that she is the victim of the most brutal of killers. Among the first to arrive at the scene, Baldwin and Simon lend their investigative skills to the ensuing inquiry headed by the local pesquisidore. With so many keen minds on the case, it can only be a matter of time until the culprit is found. But they are reckoning with the unexpected appearance of a face from Baldwin’s past—a face that looks set to threaten not only the investigation, but Baldwin’s very future.

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In Michael Jecks's 15th intricate historical, The Templar's Penance: A Medieval West Country Mystery, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock travel on pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela, where they find themselves looking into the brutal rape and murder of a young girl. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Bailiff Simon Puttock of Lydford and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, member of the once-powerful, now-destroyed, Order of the Knights Templar (The Mad Monk of Gidleigh, p. 575, etc.), make a pilgrimage south and discover that 14th-century vice flourishes just as strongly in Spain. Once they're settled in the home of elected investigator Munio in Santiago de Compestela, they're soon apprised of a series of crimes confounding their host. One outrage focuses on Prioress Dona Stephania of the convent at nearby Vigo. Now divorced from Gregory, her husband, and living in Compestela, she is being blackmailed on the basis of a one-time sexual indiscretion. When her faithful maid Joana volunteers to meet the blackmailer and make the payoff, both she and the money vanish. Her brutally raped and beaten body is found soon after, but not the payment. Her murder is but one in a series of puzzles for the doughty pair. Among the others is the killing of Matthew, a Knight Templar turned street beggar. The rash of felonies is enough to make Simon seriously ill. While he's nursed back to health by Munio's English-born wife Margarita, Baldwin sails to Portugal in pursuit of the man he thinks is Joana's killer. An overpopulated, overplotted saga: not one of Jecks's stronger efforts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755301713
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Medieval West Country Series , #15
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 696,706
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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