woensdag 4 april 2018

A Plague of Heretics - Bernard Knight

The most recent book I finished, this is one of a series of murder stories apparently.

I got it from a second hand store a while ago for half a euro, and it was "historically placed", so it can`t be bad in the end... or can it?


Novenber, 1196.
With the county of Devon ravaged by an outbreak of the "yellow plague", Sir John de Wolfe, the county coroner, finds himself stretched to breaking point - particularly when his brother, William, is struck down by the disease at the family manor in Stoke-in-Teignhead.
And that's before Exeter is rocked by a series of brutal murders which appears to be linked to a revival of heresy in the city.
When some of the cathedral canons begin a crusade against this danger to the Church, Sir John finds himself accused of sympathising with the heretics, bringing him into dangerous conflict with the ecclestial authorities.  As the situation worsens, the coroner is forced to take desperate measures in order to save his skin.  Can Sir John survive long enough to unmask the real killer?

What I liked about it

* The book really gives you the atmosphere of 12th century england, and all it's desperation of the common people when there are trouble.

What I didn't like about it

* How well immersed you might get into the english medieval life, I just couldn`t get "in the flesh" of the main character, making it for a not so "lived in" reading.

Not to terrible a book at all, I doubt though I`ll be pursuing more books from the series in the future...

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