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A burnable book / Bruce Holsinger.

By: Holsinger, Bruce W [author.].
Description: ix, 473 pages : 1 map, genealogical table ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780007493302 (hardback); 9780062240323; 0007493304 (hardback).Subject(s): Gower, John, 1325?-1408 -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Richard II, 1377-1399 -- FictionGenre/Form: Suspense fiction. | Historical fiction.DDC classification: 813.6 Action note: Action historical.
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Tensions between King Richard II and his uncle, the Duke of Lancaster, continue to intensify. As the spectre of revolt looms, a fragile truce with France nears its end, and the realm faces threats at home and abroad. Now word is spreading of a book of prophecies that has foretold the deaths of 12 English kings - and Richard is to be number 13. John Gower, poet and trader in secrets, is commissioned by Chaucer to hunt down the book. Tracking the manuscript from the halls of Westminster to the stews of Southwark, Gower uncovers an intricate conspiracy reaching to the King's innermost circles, as well as his own family.

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Library Journal Review

Medieval historian Holsinger's first novel is an absorbing narrative exploring royal power and dissent in 14th-century England. King Richard II has many enemies beyond the borders of his kingdom and within. Factions among lords, the clergy, and commoners conspire to take the throne. Geoffrey Chaucer, at work on a series of sketches of everyday England that will become The Canterbury Tales, and an unlikely range of prostitutes, poets, butchers, and nuns are at the twisted center of this plot. With the help of poet John Gower, Chaucer seeks a treasonous book, often fatal to those who possess it, that prophesies a royal death. Multiple plotlines evolve, as noble servants and ignoble knights fight to the death to save the kingdom or bring it down. VERDICT Medieval England never tasted so rich nor smelled so foul as in this descriptive and intricately layered mystery. Holsinger is at his best describing the everyday lives and privations of the lower classes. He succeeds in elevating the missing manuscript genre to new heights that will entertain readers of both fiction and nonfiction. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/13.]-Catherine Lantz, Morton Coll. Lib., Cicero, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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