The Velvet Turnshoe by Cassandra Clark
(Hildegard of Meaux medieval crime series Book 2)

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In the years when the beautiful boy-king Richard II is beset by enemies from his own court, when Chaucer is penning his famous Canterbury Tales, and when the notorious Kathryn Swynford is making out with the most powerful man in England, Hildegard is sent on a secret mission to bring back the legendary Cross of Constantine to York, its original home. But dangerous enemies are determined she will not succeed. Alone in the icy hell of the Alps, pursued by a deadly assassin, her courage and instinct for crime-solving are all she has between herself and a violent death. Meanwhile the plot to depose the king continues...When Richard lost his little velvet slipper during his coronation, the rumour-mongers said it was a portent that he would lose his crown to a usurper. Now the story of the turnshoe continues. It begins before Martinmas when the rains sweep throughout Europe bringing floods, murrain and the Plague. Bodies are piled outside town gates. Open pits are covered in quick lime. Beggars, roaming the countryside searching for food, find only death. And after many twists and turns, Hildegard’s mission itself is fated to end in death or destiny.

About the Author
Award winning playwright and novelist Cassandra Clark is a fan of anything Gothic. Ruined abbeys, mist-wreathed castles, moated granges and knights in armour are her thing. Not surprisingly, then, she chose the late fourteenth century for the setting of her latest series featuring intrepid sleuth Hildegard of Meaux. The glamour of the royal court at Shene was at its height when the City of London was still a rabble of houses, fortifications and dockyards on the banks of the Thames. Political and civic intrigue were rife. Conflicting faiths brought excommunication. Desire to wear the Crown of England brought cousin against cousin. Ordinary people were beginning to find a voice. As an historian Cassandra is fascinated by the period when the seeds of so much we take for granted were sown. She likes nothing better than riffling through the archives for the facts that bust a few myths about medieval men and women, about what they wore, ate, drank, and how they lived and loved.
 

About Cassandra Clark

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CASSANDRA CLARK lives in London. This is the fourth novel in her acclaimed series featuring Abbess Hildegard. Her childhood spent in Yorkshire was her inspiration for the series.
 
Published November 7, 2013 by Cassandra Clark. 290 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction