MURDER IN THE CLOISTER
By Tania Bayard

 

Publisher: Severn House (April, 2021)
Format: Hardcover
Price: $28.99
ISBN-13: 978-0-7278-8945-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4483-0495-0 (e-book) $25.99
Kindle edition: $19.49

 

A Medieval mystery (Book 4 of 4)

 

Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
(May, 2021)

 

Paris, late 14th century. Christine de Pizan spent several years of her childhood in the court of King Charles V. Her father was the king’s physician at the time, and the crown prince was her playmate. Now the old king is gone, and Charles VI is suffering from mental illness. Queen Isabeau asks Christine to visit the Royal Priory at Saint-Louis at Poissy, where the Royal Princess and Christine’s daughter Marie are living. A novice nun has been murdered, and it appears to be an inside job. The royal parents are concerned for their daughter’s safety, and they want Christine to find the killer before they strike again.

To explain her presence at the priory, the prioress tells the sisters that Christine, a well-known scribe, is coming to translate a rare manuscript. Since there are already several talented scribes in residence, some suspect that something more might be going on. One person in particular knows the true purpose of her visit, and is determined to stop her from fulfilling her task. 

The late thirteenth-early fourteenth centuries were a time of superstition, magic, and sorcery. Christine de Pizan, who was a real historical figure, was a woman ahead of her time, seeing the hand of man in most mysteries. She is known for her poetry, revolutionary works on women, and a biography of King Charles V. MURDER IN THE CLOISTER is a seamless blend of history and fictional mystery. Recommended for fans of historical mystery and medieval life.




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