The Oath (Knights Templar)

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1326. In an England riven with conflict, knight and peasant alike find their lives turned upside down by the warring factions of Edward II, with his hated favourite, Hugh le Despenser, and Edward's estranged queen Isabella and her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer. Yet even in such times the brutal slaughter of an entire family, right down to a babe in arms, still has the power to shock. Three further murders follow, and bailiff Simon Puttock is drawn into a web of intrigue, vengeance, power and greed as Roger Mortimer charges him to investigate the killings.

Michael Jecks brilliantly evokes the turmoil of fourteenth-century England, as his well-loved characters Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill strive to maintain the principles of loyalty and truth.

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Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children, and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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The inexplicable slaughter of Bristol merchant and moneylender Arthur Capon and his family propels British author Jecks's chilling 29th Knights Templar mystery (after April 2010's The Bishop Must Die). In October 1326, Edward II faces perhaps the greatest challenge of his disastrous 20-year reign. His queen, Isabella, and his eldest son, the duke of Aquitaine, are in France with the queen's lover, Sir Roger Mortimer, who threatens war unless Edward gets rid of his regent and alleged lover, Sir Hugh le Despenser. When more murders follow the Capon killings, Mortimer calls on bailiff Simon Puttock to investigate. Simon and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, keeper of the king's peace, get on a trail that takes them to Wales, where they get involved in the dramatic events leading to Despenser's execution in late November. Once again, Jecks seamlessly blends fact and fiction. (Dec.) (c)
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