The Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healey
A Novel of Suspense

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The only thing I felt was a strong hand around my neck, another around my waist, and -- before I could cry out -- I smelled the thick, sweet scent of a mandrake-soaked cloth. Unforgiving hands clapped it against my face, and all went dark.

Alaïs, the king of France's sister, is abducted while on her mission for the wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, the former Queen of England, to retrieve hidden letters that, in the wrong hands, could bring down the English king. In exchange, the French princess was to receive long-heldand dangerous information. Now Alaïs, along with help from the very intriguing leader of the Knights Templar, must unravel a tangled web of family secrets and lies.

Filled with intrigue and peopled with compelling legendary figures, The Canterbury Papers is an "electrifying journey into the past" (Booklist).

 

About Judith Koll Healey

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Judith Koll Healey indulges her hobby, medieval history, when she is not working as a consultant to family foundation boards in solving planning and dynamics problems. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by William Morrow. 370 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alaïs is approached by Queen Eleanor, who asks her to retrieve a secret and highly personal cache of letters hidden in England's Canterbury Cathedral.

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After some plodding in the early going, the narrative swiftly evolves toward a suspenseful finish as satisfying for readers as it is for the unusual Princess Alaïs.

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When Richard's aged mother, the legendary and powerful Eleanor of Aquitaine, summons Alais to perform a mysterious errand at Canterbury Abbey, Alais jumps at the chance to have a bit of an adventure.

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It is the year 1200 and Princess Alais of France is living an unhappy life in the castle with her brother, King Philippe and his family.

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