A Sir Geoffrey Mappestone mystery
March 1102, and Robert de Belleme, the Black Earl of Shrewsbury, is summoned to appear before King Henry's Easter Court, to answer for siding with the King's older brother, the Duke of Normandy, in an attempt to steal the King's throne.
Meanwhile, in the crowded and dangerous streets of Southwark, south of the river Thames, Crusader Knights Sir Geoffrey Mappestone and the hearty Sir Roger of Durham witness a man murdered by hanging from the window of the Crusader's Arms Inn. But this is not just any man, he is the illegitimate nephew of Robert de Belleme, and had apparently been holding a meeting with two mysterious men. In fact, it turns out the inn has been used for many meetings of the earl's spies, and there are plans afoot to obtain a terrible weapon to use against the King, one that the Crusader Knights remember with a terrible fear from the Siege of Jerusalem Greek Fire.
Solving the murder is only the first step in uncovering the plot against the King.
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Beaufort is a historian who lectures at the University of Cambridge.From Booklist:
Beaufort offers another entertaining adventure featuring medieval knight Sir Geoffrey Mappestone and his sidekick, Roger of Durham. It's 1102 and King Henry's crown rests uneasily on his head. Plans to unseat the king and replace him with his brother, the Duke of Normandy, abound. One of the nobles who sides with the duke is the Black Earl, Roger de Belleme, who has been summoned to Henry's court to answer for his disloyalty. Geoffrey and Roger are also on their way to see Henry, and wherever the pair goes, adventure follows. This time they witness the gruesome murders of de Belleme's cousin and a priest who purportedly carries a vital message to the king. Before long, Geoffrey and Roger are caught up in solving the murders, which appear to be linked to both the plot against Henry and a terrible weapon called Greek Fire. A fine plot, unexpected twists, engaging characters, a liberal sprinkling of humor, and plenty of rousing escapades make this an excellent choice for historical mystery fans. Emily Melton
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Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0727860399
Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110727860399
Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-157-99-7426707