The Bastard's Tale by Margaret Frazer
A Dame Frevisse Medieval Mystery

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AMBITION, TREACHERY, AND THE THRONE OF ENGLAND

It is the year 1447, and powerful men from all of England have been summoned to Parliament in the great pilgrimage town of Bury St. Edmunds. Most come to make laws and pass taxes. But a small group of nobles will use this chance to bring down their greatest rival through treachery...

From her nunnery, Dame Frevisse is brought into this swirl of politics and plotting by the ambitious Bishop of Winchester. While she is meant to merely observe and report to him what she sees, she is instead drawn into the dangerous maelstrom encircling the throne of England.

And what Dame Frevisse will soon discover is that desperate acts of loyalty and love are not always enough to save men from murder... or an innocent man from the gallows...

"Anyone who values high historical drama will feel amply rewarded by Edgar-nominee Frazer's latest Dame Frevisse mystery... History fans will relish every minute they spend with the characters in this powerfully created medieval world. Prose that at times verges on the poetic." - Publishers Weekly
 

About Margaret Frazer

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Margaret Frazer was a finalist for an Edgar(r) Award for both "The Servant's Tale" and "The Prioress' Tale,
 
Published January 7, 2003 by Berkley Hardcover. 320 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Fears of perfidy prove well founded when Suffolk, who’s spread the rumor that Gloucester is advancing on the town with an army, has him arrested for treason, and things go from bad to worse when Arteys, secretly visiting the ailing prisoner, catches someone trying to murder him, kills the killer ...

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While the slow unfolding of the plot and the shortage of crime solving may put off some readers, anyone who values high historical drama will feel amply rewarded by Edgar-nominee Frazer's latest Dame Frevisse mystery (The Clerk's Tale, etc.).

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Margaret Frazer's 12th Dame Frevisse medieval mystery, The Bastard's Tale, is an easily ingested history lesson, in addition to being a good suspense story.

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