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10 thoughts on “The Bishop Must Die

  1. says:

    I wonder if Michael Jecks knew where he was going with this series when he started it 16 years and 28 books ago His choice to place the action during the reign of Edward II of England would indicate that he knew exactly where these many meandering mysteries would eventually lead and I must say that I certainly enjoyed traveling along with Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King s Peace and Bailiff Simon Puttock as they travelled throughout Devon and Cornwall.The thing is that the political I wonder if Michael Jecks knew where he was going with this series when he started it 16 years and 28 books ago His choice to place the action during the reign of Edward II of England would indicate that he knew exactly where these many meandering mysteries would eventually lead and I must say that I certainly enjoyed traveling along with Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King s Peace and Bailiff Simon Puttock as they travelled throughout Devon and Cornwall.The thing is that the political events which eventually take over the stories just kind of sneak up on you At first these were rather simple murder mysteries but, as the series moved through time and we gained aintimate understanding of the protagonists, Jecks took them deeper into the maneuverings of royal court and the feudal system of allegiances from the peasant going step by step on up to the King All are affected by the alliances of the European states through marriage and territories The Hundred Years War and the great plague loom on the horizon Events which will finally put an end to feudalism.But for now, the feudal lords are caught in a trap of their own making and the next book in the series, if my knowledge of historical events and my guess of what the title, The Oath, means, will bring it all to a head This has been a very satisfying literary journey, and the best part is that it isn t over yet


  2. says:

    Civil war is about to break out in England between the king and the queen When the Bishop of Exeter s life is threatened, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, the King s Keeper of the Peace, and his friend Simon Puttock are caught up in the struggle of trying to prevent the bishop s murder This is a good Medieval read.


  3. says:

    I found this book very disappointing There are too many characters to keep track of and every few pages the author jumps to another of the many different plot lines The result is that the book lacks focus The character of the Bishop of Exeter has potential but this is not really explored in any depth,


  4. says:

    One of his best I really enjoyed the historical feel of this one, plus it was action packed, with plenty of emotional appeal The weaving together of fictional events with historical events was well done.


  5. says:

    A complicated book, moving from England to France, and I always find this approach harder to get into and hold on to In his notes Jecks says he was trying to get hold of the unsettled times, and with the 2sides of the bishop, who was either admired or hated Think he managed both these well.


  6. says:

    Full review at classicmystery.blog


  7. says:

    The story continues As good a read as the previous books.


  8. says:

    A great read shame to see the end of a great character


  9. says:

    I generally like reading books set in medieval times but I have to say that this was one of the worst I have read The plot was the one redeeming feature and it was quite exciting once it got going What really lets it down is the language The writing felt lazy in places as though it s all been done before which is possibly a result of this being part of a long series The characters were generally one dimensional and either really good or really bad other than the Bishop himself who was actual I generally like reading books set in medieval times but I have to say that this was one of the worst I have read The plot was the one redeeming feature and it was quite exciting once it got going What really lets it down is the language The writing felt lazy in places as though it s all been done before which is possibly a result of this being part of a long series The characters were generally one dimensional and either really good or really bad other than the Bishop himself who was actually quite interesting The worst thing of all was the constant droping in of cod old Englsih phrases and terminology in the midst of ordinary prose Genuine words from the period were also usd from time to time but again they didn t really work and it tended to suggest the author was trying to be a smartasrse Also the referral of dates by using the medieval saints days calendar utterly pointless and distracting So despite the plot I won t be rushing to choose another one in the series


  10. says:

    This was one of the books that surprised me as I wrote it In all my years of writing about Bishop Walter and others, I had not realized just how involved the Bishop became in the various schemes which Despenser plotted For this book I had to extensively research Stapledon and his period in office The good Bishop, it appears was less kindly than I would have thought For a man who set up grammar schools, who created Exeter College, Oxford originally Stapledon College , and who travelled widel This was one of the books that surprised me as I wrote it In all my years of writing about Bishop Walter and others, I had not realized just how involved the Bishop became in the various schemes which Despenser plotted For this book I had to extensively research Stapledon and his period in office The good Bishop, it appears was less kindly than I would have thought For a man who set up grammar schools, who created Exeter College, Oxford originally Stapledon College , and who travelled widely over his See to select brighter youths for training in the Cathedral, it came as a shock to understand that he was still very much a man of his period He saw nothing wrong in using force and his power to take wealth from others.I took a few of the nastier cases in which he was involved in this exciting story about the turning point of the reign of King Edward II, and wove them into a plot that still delights me today


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The Bishop Must Die In France, King Edward II S Estranged Wife Queen Isabella Shames Him By Refusing To Return To England, And Humiliates Him Further By Flaunting Her Adulterous Relationship With The King S Sworn Enemy, Traitor Sir Roger Mortimer When The King Hears She Has Betrothed Their Son To The Daughter Of The Count Of Hainault, All England Fears An Invasion Of Hainault Mercenaries Meanwhile The Treasurer Of England S Life Is Threatened He Has Made Many Enemies In A Long Political Life And Sir Baldwin And Simon Must Do All They Can To Find The Would Be Assassin Before He Can Strike