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Cassandra Clark lives in London. Her childhood in the East Riding of Yorkshire was her inspiration for her medieval mystery series featuring Hildegard of Meaux - spy, sleuth and Cistercian nun.
Desperate to return home to Meaux after the traumatic events in London and Salisbury, intrepid nun Hildegard and her charismatic but untouchable abbot Hubert de Courcy set out with their two militant monks through the New Forest on the long journey north at last.Fate however intervenes.Even before they escape the labyrinthine paths of the Royal Forest Hubert is in need of urgent medical attention and they are forced to seek shelter at the mysterious Netley Abbey. Although welcomed inside the precincts all is not as it seems. A motley group of pilgrims are waiting to take ship to France. Guests secretly come and go. Who are they? Are they spies assassins or something even more threatening to the safety of King Richard's realm? And why are they here in this remote and beautiful place? A Welsh alchemist reputed to have mysterious powers adds his own sinister desires to the brew and when a valuable book disappears and two deaths follow who is to blame?As usual Hildegard is entangled in a web of intrigue and defies all dangers to discover the truth.
Murder and mayhem engulf Hildegard of Meaux and sexy abbot Hubert de Courcy in a seventh mystery as soon as they get back from Avignon. They arrive secretly on the English coast, in a storm, at dead of night. Why the secrecy? Because the duke of Gloucester, head of the King's Council in Westminster, is savagely condemning every single one of young King Richard's allies to death at The Merciless Parliament. Even his tutor, the nationally beloved Sir Simon Burley, is in the Tower awaiting execution. Outraged by Gloucester's cold ambition and diabolical cunning, Hildegard is willingly drawn into a plot to free Sir Simon by the ambiguous knight in grey. Meanwhile, an apprentice is found hanging from a rope in Salisbury Cathedral. Are both events linked and if so, how? Hildegard defies death to discover the truth.
In the savage aftermath of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, the nun Hildegard of Meaux sets out on a perilous journey across the wilds of North Yorkshire. Her quest is to establish a small priory of her own but along the way she encounters five corpses swinging from a gibbet and a brutally murdered boy in the woods. Horrified, she is determined to discover who can have committed such a crime but when the trail leads to Castle Hutton she soon finds her own life in jeopardy from the brutal mercenary Escrick Fitzjohn. What has this to do with events in London? Mystery follows mystery as Hildegard seeks to unravel the truth. First in the acclaimed medieval mystery series, Hangman Blind introduces Saxon heart-throb Ulf of Langbrough and the charismatic Abbot de Courcy. Murder is not the only danger Hildegard faces - her heart is in danger too.
When Hildegard is sent on a mission to the fabulous papal palace in Avignon, she is well aware that Clement VII is known throughout Europe as the Butcher of Cesena and, with England at war, she will have to watch her step while inside the very stronghold of the enemy. Shortly after arriving, an English knight and his brutal bodyguards turn up. He is a vassal of one of young King Richard's deadliest rivals. What is his purpose in Avignon? Why has he abducted two innocent men from the streets of London and smuggled them into the palace? And, worse for Hildegard, two other Enlighmen are here, one close to her heart but a traitor to the king and the other a violent and dangerous obsessive. When the body of a chorister is found stabbed on a sack of gold inside Clement's most secret and private treasury, Hildegard cannot walk away from the troop of young pages who seek her help in finding his killer. Can she solve the puzzle of the murder before the murderer finds her? Danger follows the intrepid nun every step of the way to a final and gruesome reckoning.
After the bloody affair with spy master Rivera, Hildegard returns from pilgrimage still heart sore. The prioress sends her for a cure to the remote gothic priory at Handale. As a house of correction it lies in the middle of vast, dark woodland where rumours of a dragon terrorise the most hardened and sinful penitents. When Hildegard discovers the body of a young and handsome apprentice in the morgue she is told that he is the dragon's latest victim. At the same time assassins pursue King Richard's trusted courier across the bleak Yorkshire Moors and a secret meeting of the northern barons is being held at nearby Kilton Castle. Risking death and mutilation, Hildegard sets out to unravel the unholy links between these factions.
Hildegard is back! This stellar series continues with the intrepid nun on a mission to Florence. In a cleverly plotted medieval mystery full of twists and turns, the period is brought to life with a rollicking good story charting the fate of a host of believable characters. This is great stuff. Medievalists rejoice!
"e;Hildegard is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding ranks of religious sleuths who populate the pages of medieval mysteries."e; - BooklistIn the midst of a long, bleak winter in the year 1383, flooding brought famine, famine brought disease, and The Black Death visited town after town. Into this watery world, against a background of plague and the turmoil of the Hundred Years' War, a brave and brilliant nun, Abbess Hildegard, embarks on a quest for a precious relic, the Cross of Constantine. Strong-willed and independent, she will need remarkable skills to survive. For with the English Crown at stake, there are many who want her mission to fail-and one, above all, who plans a deadly revenge.
In November 1382, the month of the dead, Abbess Hildegard rides out for York from the Abbey of Meaux. This is no ordinary journey-it is a time of rival popes, a boy king, and a shaky peace in the savage aftermath of Wat Tyler's murder-and Hildegard has embarked on a perilous mission to try to secure the future of her priory. Traveling alone, she discovers danger, encountering first a gibbet with five bloodied corpses and then the body of a youth, brutally butchered. Who was the boy, how was he connected to the men hanging from the gibbet, and what do these gruesome deaths mean? Hildegard is determined to uncover the truth, no matter how terrible it may be. When even her childhood home, Castle Hutton, turns out not to be a safe haven from murder, Hildegard realizes she will have to summon all of her courage and wisdom to counter the dark forces that threaten her friends and family as well as her country.