The Traitor of St. Giles

The Traitor of St. Giles

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by Michael Jecks
     
 

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1321and Tiverton is preparing for the Feast of St Giles. Philip Dyne is in the church of St Peter's, claiming sanctuary for murder. He agrees to abjure the realm, and sets off as a penitent.

Sir Baldwin and Simon arrive at Sir Hugh de Courtenay's castle at Tiverton, just as another body is found, that of Sir Gilbert of Carlisle, discovered near the decapitated body

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1321and Tiverton is preparing for the Feast of St Giles. Philip Dyne is in the church of St Peter's, claiming sanctuary for murder. He agrees to abjure the realm, and sets off as a penitent.

Sir Baldwin and Simon arrive at Sir Hugh de Courtenay's castle at Tiverton, just as another body is found, that of Sir Gilbert of Carlisle, discovered near the decapitated body of Dyne.

Sir Gilbert's horse and money are gone, but the coroner is keen to close the matter and declare that Dyne killed the knight and was then slain as an outlaw. Case closed.

Editorial Reviews

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"Everything, from dress to living accommodations to common speech (especially the curses), rings true. This is a crowded tapestry of a book, peopled with well-developed villains of every stripe."  —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this medieval romp, the ninth in the series (Belladonna at Belstone, etc.), Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, keeper of the king's peace in Crediton, and his old friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock, join the throngs gathering at Lord Hugh de Courtenay's castle in Tiverton to celebrate the midsummer feast of St. Giles. Trouble is afoot. Hugh Despenser, King Edward II's corrupt favorite, is attracting nobles to his ignoble cause and threatening civil war. Someone murders Sir Gilbert de Carlisle, Despenser's ambassador to Lord Hugh, while he's carrying a chest of gold to the king. The head and body of outlaw Philip Dyne are found nearby. Harlewin le Poter, coroner of Tiverton, announces that Dyne killed Sir Gilbert; two upright citizens then beheaded Dyne as he was trying to escape. Meanwhile, St. Giles Fair is in full swing. Its festivities provide a delightful picture of everyday life in the Middle Ages. Everything, from dress to living accommodations to common speech (especially the curses), rings true. This is a crowded tapestry of a book, peopled with well-developed villains of every stripe. One of the most difficult aspects of solving the case is the sheer number of suspects. It seems that everyone had some excuse to be in the forest glade where Dyne and Sir Gilbert were killed. Set upon by footpads and cutthroats, Sir Baldwin and Simon realize that the truth behind the murders is far more sinister and complex than the coroner imagines. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In the 11th title in the "Medieval West County" series, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, is just getting used to married life when he must investigate the seemingly related deaths of Sir Gilbert, a fellow templar, and of Philip Dyne, accused of raping and murdering young Joan Carter. Not quite as seamless as other tales in the series, this is still well researched and well presented. Following Squire Throwleigh's Heir (LJ 5/1/00), this series moves into hardcover. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781471126314
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
03/15/2014
Series:
Knights Templar Series , #9
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
709,552
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children, and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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