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Book 2 of 11 in the Medieval Mystery Series

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The chill that pervades Royal's second medieval historical (after 2003's Wine of Violence ) stems not just from the bitter winter besetting the Welsh border castle of Wynethorpe but also from the murderous tensions that afflict its occupants. The illness of Richard, grandson of Baron Adam of Wynethorpe, has brought home the boy's aunt, Eleanor, prioress of Tyndal, as well as her companions, Sister Anne, a nun skilled in medicine, and Brother Thomas, a handsome and unwilling monk. Jealousy, lust, fear and treachery lead to murder, perhaps committed by Eleanor's brother, Robert, who's found standing with a bloody knife over the freshly slain victim. It's up to Eleanor and her oddly matched companions to prove Robert's innocence before medieval justice delivers its swift and violent verdict. The author carefully renders the hardships of surviving the harsh winters without obscuring the small pleasures that people of the period enjoyed. Eleanor, forceful or diplomatic by turns, is an engaging and resourceful heroine, and Brother Thomas shows surprising depths and strengths. Royal brings her 13th-century world vividly and artfully to life in a series sure to have a bright future.
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This second medieval mystery featuring the delightfully flawed Eleanor, Prioress of Tyndal, grabs readers by the lapels and forcibly hauls them into eleventh-century East Anglia. Her nephew's illness brings Eleanor back home to Wynthorpe Castle and embroils her in the latest family crisis, which involves her brother Robert's impending marriage. The prioress skates close to disaster when the bride-to-be's brother Henry meets a violent end, and Robert is found holding the bloody dagger, forcing Eleanor to bring her investigative talents to bear. Aided by the handsome and mysterious Brother Thomas, Eleanor sets her logical mind to solving the puzzle while grappling with the complicated emotional ties between Henry's family and her own, now snowbound together behind the icy walls of Wynthorpe. Royal combines an intriguing "country house" mystery with an cast of engaging characters whose realistically complex motives and personal issues lend the story depth. With a deft and subtle flair rivaling that of Brother Cadfael, Prioress Eleanor sets her world to rights and leaves us wanting more. Jennifer Baker
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Product Details

  • Series: Medieval Mysteries
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; US trade ed edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590582829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590582824
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Eleanor of Wynethorpe, the prioress of Tyndale in East Anglia, is summoned home because her young nephew Richard is very ill. Accompanying her is the renowned healer Sister Anne and Thomas a monk who was forced into the church by a fanatical bishop. Visiting the castle are Sir Geoffrey, his wife Isabella and his son Henry and his daughter Julianna who are negotiating the marriage of Lord Adam's son and Eleanor's brother Robert to Sir Gregory's daughter Julianna .

While Anne takes care of Richard, Isabella flirts with Robert and Sir Geoffrey fights with his son and herHenry and Robert engage in fisticuffs. Shortly thereafter, Henry is dead from knife wounds and Robert is found standing over the body, his hands dripping with blood. Surprisingly, it is Sir Geoffrey who argues that Robert is innocent and his father who has him locked in a guarded room waiting for the sheriff to come. Eleanor and Brother Thomas work together to find the real killer because they believe Robert is innocent.

TYRANT OF THE MIND is a fascinating medieval mystery that takes place six months after the ill fated rebellion of Simon de Montefort. Readers geta tantalizing glimpse of the inner workings of a medieval castle. The heroine is the voice of reason and quite logically shows her father why her brother couldn't possibly be guilty; in an age when women had no rights, Eleanor stands up for her beliefs. Brother Thomas, who also plays a role in finding out who the killer is, has adjusted to the circumstance that forced him to become a priest. Priscilla Royal will appeal to fans of medieval mysteries as her style is reminiscent of renowned author Sharon Key Perman.

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Priscilla Royal's 'Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal' stories (this is the second) are especially competent in every respect. Her characters are carefully drawn and three dimensional, her story line is logical and intriguing, her grasp of medieval detail is extremely good...she is simply a first rate story teller. It happens that medieval mysteries are my favorites, and this author is right up there with Alys Clare, Margaret Frazer, Bernard Knight, and Kate Sedley. I'll look forward to her next entry in the 'Prioress Eleanor' tales.
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Format: Paperback
Tyrant of the Mind is a first-rate historical mystery. The characters are fascinating and full of life. Royal has a marvelous talent for incorporating medieval history and customs into the story line. The mystery is incredibly complex. It kept me guessing until the final chapters. I'm a big fan of Ellis Peters and Margaret Frazer's medieval mysteries and I'm so glad that I discovered such a wonderful new series.
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I liked this book, but it wasn't as good as the first in the series. The plot is stretched beyond believability. I just don't believe people would act this way. And the effort required to find a solution after all the false leads ends up with a resolution that's beyond my ability to suspend disbelief. People don't behave consistently. There would have to be an epidemic of mental illness for so many people to behave so irratically. So, obviously I don't care much for the plot. And given how much the characters are manipulated by the author, I don't care much for most of them either. The only truly delightful part of this book is the historical locale. The seamless recreation of 1271 is delightful.. Good enough that I'll give the next book a try.
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Priscilla Royal may be a new favourite author.

This is second in a currently 9-book series that features the clever, young Prioress Eleanor of Wynethorpe, and dubious new priest, Thomas who was given the choice of burning or God after being accused of the crime of Sodomy. His betrayer was the very man he had begun to develop feelings for. Oh, did I mention that Eleanor is falling in love with Thomas?

This story takes place in Castle Wynethorpe, the seat of Prioress Eleanor's childhood home. A murder is committed just as a visiting family begins to unravel. When Eleanor's brother is accused of the murder it becomes not just her duty, but the love that she bears for her family, that spurs her to find the truth. Brother Thomas is also there to help.

The history takes place in the rough times of the 11th century, and the author has woven a believable world, and memorable characters. This is my second book, and the two main characters are only built stronger, and more believable.

Eleanor is a woman, and despite a woman who is Prioress of her own world, Tynedale Abbey, she is just that, a woman. Although loved by her father she is still thought less of because of her sex. As Eleanor seeks the truth her father has to come to the realisation that his daughter is grown up, but that she is as strong, and as clever as her own mother was. Her father, Baron Adam, comes to see Eleanor is a confidant light, and he grows stronger in his pride of her. He gains new respect for her, and Eleanor learns that the love and respect she had long thought her father unable to give her he had, and he was able to face her as an adult, yet still as her father, and let her know how he truy felt about her.
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