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Tyrant of the Mind (Medieval Mysteries) Paperback – January 1, 2006
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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.
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.Read more ›
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I really like these characters! Get comfortable as you won't want to put the book down. The period details add to the story and the characters. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Reader1018
Another great addition to the series, the second book, with many more to come. Love the pictures of 12th century life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marjorie W.
I adored Priscilla Royal's first Medieval Mystery, Wine of Violence. The multifaceted creation of Prioress Eleanor and the monk, Thomas, was captivating and well written. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carpe Librum
I love the prose of this book, but the story was difficult to get into. The characters' motives are vague and the red herring at the beginning confused the plot more than added to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lisa Kimbrough
Mysteries aren't really my thing, but I enjoyed the historical context and good character development.Published 15 months ago by Dr. O'Brien
This second book in the series has a surprising story line and the characters continue to gain the reader's affection. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
The plot is very skillfully woven. New hints are appearing till almost the end. The language is refreshing.Published 20 months ago by Malgorzata Matusiewicz