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A Friar's Bloodfeud: A Knight's Templar Mystery

Michael Jecks.
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Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9780755322992
Pages/Publication Date 405/2005
Daedalus Item Code 61762
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In March 1324, spring should soon be on its way. But the cruel winter is far from over, in this 20th mystery in the series (following The Butcher of St Peter's). Bailiff Simon Puttock's servant Hugh has been granted leave to look after his wife and help raise their child. But soon after, she is attacked in their home, raped by a gang of men, then sees her son murdered and Hugh struck down before she too is killed and the house set afire. When word reaches Simon that bloodshed and mayhem have entered nearly into his own household, he and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, set off immediately for Iddesleigh, Simon vowing revenge. Since The Last Templar appeared more than 20 years ago, Michael Jecks has given us a rare and realistic view of England in the early 14th century through the adventures of Sir Baldwin, a former Knight Templar, and his friend Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford Castle. Jecks depicts a time of enormous change, as the language of authority shifted from French to English, the feudal system was broken, new towns sprang up, and the incompetent King Edward II saw his power crumble.

"A vivid and bloody panorama of Edward II's 'war-scarred kingdom.' In 1324, rival landowners battle for property and power, and Keeper of the King's Peace Sir Baldwin de Furnshill is reluctantly drawn into the conflict when the family of his neighbor, Hugh, a humble moorland shepherd, is found butchered and burned by unknown assailants. This tragedy follows the rape and torture of Lady Lucy of Meeth and her servant, leading Baldwin to suspect the involvement of ruthless Hugh Despenser (an ally of the king) and his fearsome steward, Sir Geoffrey Servington. Opposing this land-grab by Edward's surrogates is a third Hugh, Lord Hugh de Courtenay, also with powerful allies in knights Sir Odo de Bordeaux and Sir John Sully. Nervously observing all this carnage is shadowy renegade Friar Humphrey, who's ostensibly caring for an elderly priest, but is caught in a dilemma of his own making. Despite multiple subplots, Baldwin's perseverance leads to a just resolution."Publishers Weekly

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