The Canterbury Papers: A Novel

The Canterbury Papers: A Novel

by Judith Koll Healey
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The Canterbury Papers: A Novel by Judith Koll Healey

The only thing I felt was a strong hand around my neck, another around my waist, and -- before I could cry out -- I smelled the thick, sweet scent of a mandrake-soaked cloth. Unforgiving hands clapped it against my face, and all went dark.

Alaïs, the king of France's sister, is abducted while on her mission for the wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, the former Queen of England, to retrieve hidden letters that, in the wrong hands, could bring down the English king. In exchange, the French princess was to receive long-heldand dangerous information. Now Alaïs, along with help from the very intriguing leader of the Knights Templar, must unravel a tangled web of family secrets and lies.

Filled with intrigue and peopled with compelling legendary figures, The Canterbury Papers is an "electrifying journey into the past" (Booklist).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062196804
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Series: Alais Capet , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 3,454
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Judith Koll Healey indulges her hobby, medieval history, when she is not working as a consultant to family foundation boards in solving planning and dynamics problems. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Canterbury Papers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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emmi331 More than 1 year ago
I never got beyond a few chapters of this; this is a surprise since I'm a big fan of historical novels, especially those set in medieval Europe. The problem is that Alais, who is narrating, is a bit of a cipher. Unless I missed something, even her age is uncertain. We are given little sense of her personality or background, beyond the basics, so it is hard to connect with her. The narrative is linear, which is fine if there were a more evocative sense of the time and place. It's more like first we did this, then we went to another place, then we saw and talked to these people, and then....no sense of excitement. For a richer sense of the Plantagenet years, read the authors below, or find an old copy of The Lute Player, by Norah Lofts.
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The time period of the storyline kept me interested enough to finish it. I didn't think the plot was engaging at all - a little more intrigue could have made it more engaging, but the book was well written. I did like the characters.
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This book was not as good as I had hoped. I didn't feel connected to Alais. I kept waiting for more background about her and King Henry - maybe a flashback or two earlier in the story would have helped. As it was, I couldn't care less about her pendant, the letters, or her rendezvous with Eleanor by the end of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book although, centered around Alis, helps you understand the plots surronding king john and the complex thinkin system of his mother Eleanor, i highly recommend this book to any one even if they dont like these kinds of storys
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great summer read. From the momment I started this enchanting story I was drawn in to each page as if I was Princess Alais.
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I normally don't read this type of book; however, I wasn't able to put it down from the time I started reading it. The author takes you on a maze of events, some quite startling. This is definitely worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a lover of historical novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It captured my attention and held it, something that does not always happen.