To Wear The White Cloak: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$13.23
Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $3.72 (22%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

To Wear the White Cloak Paperback – June 1, 2008


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.23
$7.00 $1.09

Frequently Bought Together

To Wear the White Cloak + The Difficult Saint + The Witch in the Well: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery (Catherine Levendeur Mysteries)
Price for all three: $43.45

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bella Rosa Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193352328X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933523286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With its attention to detail, depth of research and well-developed characters, this seventh book in Newman's Catherine LeVendeur series should delight fans of her medieval mysteries. In a simple prologue, three menAa lord, a miller and a servantAset out on Easter from their small French village to join the Knights of the Temple and King Louis's expedition to rid the Holy Land of the Saracens. Meanwhile, Catherine and her extended family arrive in Paris, expecting to find their house aired and ready for them. Instead there's moldy and rancid food in the kitchen and the decaying body of a murdered man, wearing the white cloak of the Knights of the Temple, in the counting room. Fearful that certain family secrets are at risk of exposure, Catherine, her husband, Edgar, and her cousin, Solomon, determine to discover the man's identity and his murderer. Thus begins a story that will bring the three pilgrims and Catherine's clan together and change their lives forever. Besides providing an intriguing mystery, the author touches on such large issues of life in 12th-century France as Jewish-Christian relations, the restrictions and obligations imposed by a rigid class order and the health hazards faced by craftsmen, as well as more personal matters of housekeeping, child rearing and birth control. Seasoned with wit and humor, this is a recommended read for mystery lovers and historical devotees alike. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"A brilliant series, sparkling with historical tidbits and insight."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Reading a Sharan Newman novel is like journeying back to medieval times. The sights and sounds of Paris are so vividly described that they mesmerize the reader as they enjoy a fine tale of mystery."-Romantic Times (4 ½ stars)

"Seasoned with wit and humor, this is a recommended read for mystery lovers and historical devotees alike." -Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author



Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master's degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

Rather than teach, Newman chose to use her education to write novels set in the Middle Ages, including three Arthurian fantasies and ten mysteries set in twelfth-century France, featuring Catherine LeVendeur a one-time student of Heloise at the Paraclete, her husband, Edgar, an Anglo-Scot and Solomon, a Jewish merchant of Paris. The books focus on the life of the bourgeoisie and minor nobility and also the uneasy relations between Christians and Jews at that time. They also incorporate events of the twelfth-century such as the Second Crusade and the rise of the Cathars.

For these books, Newman has done research at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris where she is a Grand Lecteur, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France Méridionale et Espagne at the University of Toulouse and the Institute for Jewish History at the University of Trier, as well as many departmental archives.

The Catherine Levendeur mysteries have been nominated for many awards. Sharan won the Macavity Award for best first mystery for "Death Comes As Epiphany" and the Herodotus Award for best historical mystery of 1998 for Cursed in the Blood. The most recent book in the series The Witch in the Well won the Bruce Alexander award for best Historical mystery of 2004.

Just for a change, she set her most recent mystery, The Shanghai Tunnel (Forge 2008) in Portland. Oregon in 1868.

Newman has written a non-fiction book, The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code, Berkley 2005. It is in encyclopedia format and gives information on various topics mentioned in Dan Brown's novel and has been translated worldwide. For this she appeared on radio and television programs internationally. She has also appeared on several documentaries about the book. Following on that she wrote the Real History Behind the Templars published by Berkley in September of 2007. It was while doing the research for this book that she noticed how important Queen Melisende was to the Kingdome of Jerusalem and how little had been written about her. She is currently working on a biography of Melisende, the first native-born queen and first female ruler of Crusader Jerusalem. This will be published in early 2014.

Her most recent non-fiction is The Real History of the End of the World, Berkley, 2010. She has kept abreast of the latest threats to our continued existence on her blog, Apocalypses and Other Thoughts, which can be reached through her website.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews

Popular Discussion Topics

beta: what do you think?
  • "Suspense" 5
  • "Characters" 3
  • "Writing" 3
  • "Funny" 2
  • All Topics

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Delina E. Caldwell on November 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't wait for this latest installment of Sharan Newman's series featuring the clever and clumsy Catherine and her stalwart spouse Edgar, set in the 1140's, this time back in Paris. Just as with her previous novels, I was more than satisfied. I discovered Catherine and Edgar in "Cursed in the Blood" just after our return from Scotland and the north of England this summer, visiting castles of our ancestors dating from the 11th and 12th centuries, primarily. Newman has such a thorough grounding in the history of the time and yet she has the ability to bring her characters to life. I raced through all of her previous novels in the series, except for the next to last one--on order!--just prior to this one, "To Wear the White Cloak". In this latest story, Catherine and Edgar were shocked upon their return from what seems to have been a dangerous and difficult journey to Germany to find a very dead (and moldy!) Knight of the Temple locked inside her father's home. The well-educated twosome have to counter the suspicion that quickly falls on their family, as before, by solving the murder themselves. This is accomplished while they deal with the everyday issues of raising their family in health and safety, establishing themselves financially, and even struggling with moral issue of birth control. You will do yourself a favor if you begin reading Newman's books--go back and read the others--if you have an appreciation for this time period and for an excellent mystery. (Note to fans of Ellis Peters: finally, someone to (almost) fill her shoes)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Paris in 1147 is pure mayhem. Men leaving for the holy land have converged on the city, bringing with them vagabonds and conmen smelling opportunities to gull and steal. There is also evidence that the doomsday cult, the eonisits, has arrived. Starvation seems to be rampant, and a group of ruffians is attacking the Jews. All in all not the homecoming that Catherine had hoped for!
Catherine, Edgar and family have finally made it home from Germany. However upon entering their house, they find the dead and festering body of a man garbed as one of the Templars. Catherine and Edgar naturally report this finding to the Marshall of the Knight Templars; and so it is with great outrage that they discover that they are somehow under suspicion for either knowing who committed the murder, or else witholding some vital clue of the crime. Catherine resolves to solve the mystery. However other matters keep getting in the way. She has to deal with the unsettling relationship that seems to be growing between her Jewish cousin Solomon, and Edgar's sister, Margaret; someone keeps trying to break into their house; and to cap it all, Jehan, that somewhat mad and vengeful knight from previous novels, has returned and is causing all kinds of problems by spreading rumours about Catherine and her family's involvement with witchcraft and lapsed Judaism. Too many things are getting in the way of solving the mystery of the dead Templar!
This series keeps getting better and better. The historical detail is wonderful, and the plot, while a seemingly simple one is padded with enough sub-plots to keep the reader's interest. A truly enjoyable read!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dean James on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'll freely admit that this is one of my all-time favorite mystery series. Sharan Newman has the gift of creating wonderfully memorable characters and placing them in a vividly realized setting. When I read her books, I feel myself walking through the streets of mid-twelfth-century Paris with Catherine and Edgar. This latest book is a superb addition to the series. Catherine, Edgar, and their family return to Paris from a long sojourn in Germany (chronicled in THE DIFFICULT SAINT) to find a dead body in their Paris house. Who was he? and how did his body come to be left in their house? The answers to these questions prove fascinating, as usual, while Newman continues to unfold the story of her major characters. This book, like the others in the series, is richly textured, not only in the historical details, but in the emotional lives of the characters. Newman is a fine historian, as always, but she's a stunning storyteller as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neker on August 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Newman just kepts improving with age. How she manages to come up with all these new settings, people, and situations is beyond me. Each book can stand on it's own, but I'm happy to have read them all in order to allow me to see how each character in the story has changed and matured.
I hope this series never ends!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Jeanne on December 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading this book, I am dying to get the next in the series on my nightstand. Sharan Newman's books are so engaging in their plots, well-crafted subplots, and details of medieval life that you almost hate to finish one. Her works are intelligently written and addictively interesting. Four stars, no question.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Dean James on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'll freely admit that this is one of my all-time favorite mystery series. Sharan Newman has the gift of creating wonderfully memorable characters and placing them in a vividly realized setting. When I read her books, I feel myself walking through the streets of mid-twelfth-century Paris with Catherine and Edgar. This latest book is a superb addition to the series. Catherine, Edgar, and their family return to Paris from a long sojourn in Germany (chronicled in THE DIFFICULT SAINT) to find a dead body in their Paris house. Who was he? and how did his body come to be left in their house? The answers to these questions prove fascinating, as usual, while Newman continues to unfold the story of her major characters. This book, like the others in the series, is richly textured, not only in the historical details, but in the emotional lives of the characters. Newman is a fine historian, as always, but she's a stunning storyteller as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?