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In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings
London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford—England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London—catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings—and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low.
Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews—and potentially implicates Gower's own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that John Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may hold the key to saving the king, and England itself.
Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.
Very engaging story. I listened in my car on my way to and from work, and couldn't wait for each day's installment. It really evoked the times very well.Published 3 days ago by 12stringT
Really liked this book despite its slow beginning. Once you get into the second half things really role! You will enjoy it!Published 10 days ago by Kevin Nicholas
Haven't finished it yet, but I love it so far. Reminds me a little of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose". Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great read. It had me turning the pages with anticipation. Even if you're not a middle ages nut, the story was engaging and the plot complex enough to keep you guessing. Read morePublished 14 days ago by B. Humphrey
Wow what a book. Started off not sure I could get interested enough to continue reading, then I found I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Martha hurst
I won a paperback copy of this book on Goodreads.com
This book is one you have to constantly pay attention with. Read more
it`s a very good book to read about king Richard the 3rd assassination during his reign as king of England in the 1400 century.Published 26 days ago by delo