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Paul Doherty - Author

About the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.

Featured books by Paul Doherty

Roseblood

Roseblood

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

England, 1455: a kingdom on the brink of civil war. The Red Rose: King Henry of Lancaster's days are numbered. Deemed unfit for rule, even by his own mother, he surely cannot last on the throne for long. Simon Roseblood - London lord, taverner and alderman - is one of few loyal servants left to fight his cause. The White Rose: Ruthless Richard of York has his eye firmly set on the crown - and plenty of powerful allies who will do anything to help him win it. Henchman Amadeus Sevigny makes no bones about enforcing his own authority and asserting law and order at York's command. When Roseblood is summoned by Sevigny to stand trial for a crime he knows he didn't commit, their paths cross in ways that alter them both for ever. And as the Wars of the Roses looms, an even greater foe is poised to rock the foundations of England, and wreak horror in a hotbed of political unrest.

Other books by Paul Doherty

The Mansions of Murder

The Mansions of Murder

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2018

The Godless

The Godless

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/2018

Vom Wal verschluckt

Vom Wal verschluckt

Author: Paul Doherty, Cody Cassidy Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2018

Wie lange kannst du auf der Sonne stehen, ohne zu verbrennen? Was passiert, wenn du die lautesten Kopfhorer der Welt aufsetzt?Der Autor Cody Cassidy und der Doktor der Festkorperphysik Paul Doherty unternehmen eine Reise durch die Wissenschaft der spektakularsten und ausgefallensten Todesarten: zu einem Kartoffelchip verarbeitet werden, im All in ein schwarzes Loch eintauchen oder in der Tiefsee aus einem U-Boot aussteigen. Als Leser bekommen Sie nicht nur viele Anregungen, auf auergewohnliche Art und Weise aus dem Leben zu scheiden, sondern lernen vielmehr hochst anschaulich die physikalischen und biologischen Prozesse kennen, die dahinter stehen. Intelligent und schauerlich zugleich: Und plotzlich bist du tot!

The Mansions of Murder

The Mansions of Murder

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Devil's Wolf (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 19)

Devil's Wolf (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 19)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

England, 1311. In the dark of the North the devil lies in wait... Paul Doherty's most popular series character returns in the gripping nineteenth mystery in the Hugh Corbett series. If you love the historical mysteries of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell you will love this. 1296: King Edward I has led his army to Scotland, determined to take the country under his crown. But the fierce Scots have no intention of submitting to their oppressor and violent and bloody war breaks out. 1311: Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds himself back in Scotland and is revisited by the horrors he witnessed there fifteen years ago. An anonymous letter was delivered to the new king. It promised information about a fatal incident that could allow England to finally bow out of the war with the Scots. Tasked with finding out the truth about the murder, Corbett is forced to take risks he would rather avoid and put his faith in the words of strangers. But with an unknown traitor lurking in the shadows and danger around every corner, will Corbett be able to unravel the complex web of plots in time? What readers are saying about DEVIL'S WOLF: 'Doherty evokes the Medieval world brilliantly...tense and suspenseful, the mystery keeps you guessing until near the end...an excellent and enjoyable read' Amazon reader, 5 stars '[A] well written rendition of our historical past...A joy to read' Amazon reader, 5 stars 'Another well told story from a master storyteller...If you like historical adventures you will enjoy this vivid, well paced tale!' Amazon reader, 5 stars 'Vivid and lively. Another Hugh Corbett, please!' Amazon reader, 5 stars

A Pilgrimage to Murder

A Pilgrimage to Murder

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/12/2017

Devil's Wolf (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 19)

Devil's Wolf (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 19)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2017

England, 1311. In the dark of the North the devil lies in wait... Paul Doherty's most popular series character returns in the gripping nineteenth mystery in the Hugh Corbett series. If you love the historical mysteries of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell you will love this. 1296: King Edward I has led his army to Scotland, determined to take the country under his crown. But the fierce Scots have no intention of submitting to their oppressor and violent and bloody war breaks out. 1311: Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds himself back in Scotland and is revisited by the horrors he witnessed there fifteen years ago. An anonymous letter was delivered to the new king. It promised information about a fatal incident that could allow England to finally bow out of the war with the Scots. Tasked with finding out the truth about the murder, Corbett is forced to take risks he would rather avoid and put his faith in the words of strangers. But with an unknown traitor lurking in the shadows and danger around every corner, will Corbett be able to unravel the complex web of plots in time? What readers are saying about DEVIL'S WOLF: 'Doherty evokes the Medieval world brilliantly...tense and suspenseful, the mystery keeps you guessing until near the end...an excellent and enjoyable read' Amazon reader, 5 stars '[A] well written rendition of our historical past...A joy to read' Amazon reader, 5 stars 'Another well told story from a master storyteller...If you like historical adventures you will enjoy this vivid, well paced tale!' Amazon reader, 5 stars 'Vivid and lively. Another Hugh Corbett, please!' Amazon reader, 5 stars

King's Writ (Hugh Corbett Novella)

King's Writ (Hugh Corbett Novella)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

With the stakes so high, can Sir Hugh prevent a jousting tournament turning deadly?An exclusive digital novella featuring Sir Hugh Corbett, the medieval sleuth of acclaimed historian Paul Doherty's most popular series. Includes an exclusive extract from his next novel in the series, the follow up to Dark Serpent. Perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Michael Jecks.In the summer of 1311, a jousting tournament is about to commence in the Tower of London, supervised by Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal.Two powerful lords have come forward with writs from the late king, promising them both the inheritance of a lucrative estate. To settle the dispute, they are submitting their quarrel to the judicium Dei: the Judgement of God. But when a third claimant comes forward, Corbett suspects that something is awry.Corbett launches an investigation to uphold the reputation of the late king as treachery looks set to spread. But it soon becomes clear that more than one person in the Tower has secrets to keep...What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'A magical author''Paul Doherty has the rare talent of making you feel as though you are there, be it medieval England, or battling with Alexander. The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of his books''Doherty has a gift for bringing distant ages alive and for populating his books with endearing, believable characters'

And Then You're Dead

And Then You're Dead

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

"e;Entertaining - if harrowing."e; - New York Times Book ReviewWhat would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only Speedos? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China?And Then You're Dead offers serious answers to these horribly interesting questions. Paul Doherty and Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind these and other fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy and more along the way. Illustrated with straightforward technical art and leavened by small doses of dry humour, And Then You're Dead is both scientifically informative and gruesomely entertaining.

The Mansions of Murder A Medieval Mystery

The Mansions of Murder A Medieval Mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2017

Dark Serpent (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 18) A gripping medieval murder mystery

Dark Serpent (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 18) A gripping medieval murder mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Paul Doherty's most popular series character returns. It is the Summer of 1311 and Hugh Corbett is about to take up a life of danger again in the eighteenth novel in his series, DARK SERPENT, the follow up to THE MYSTERIUM. If you love historical mysteries from Robin Hobb, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Peter Tremayne and Bernard Knight you will love this. After his recent unveiling of a devious assassin, Sir Hugh Corbett has returned to service as the Keeper of the Secret Seal, begrudgingly admitting that his appetite for adventure has once again been whetted. Summoned to meet the King to be congratulated on their work together, Corbett and Ranulf learn of the death of Corbett's close friend, Ralph Grandison. Ralph, a leper, has been found dead in a rowing boat, a dagger thrust through his chest. But this murder is not the first of its kind. Other patients of the hospital in which Ralph was staying have similarly slaughtered and it seems as though the lepers, all former knights of the Royal household, are being targeted. The discovery that Ralph was killed by no ordinary weapon, but a poison dagger that once belonged with the Crown Jewels before being famously stolen, leads Corbett down a complex path, where the risk of disease plays out against the backdrop of finding an assassin who will use any means necessary to kill. As Corbett puts himself in the path of extreme danger, will he survive to see another day?

The Great Revolt A Mystery Set in Medieval London

The Great Revolt A Mystery Set in Medieval London

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2017

Great Revolt A Mystery Set in Medieval London

Great Revolt A Mystery Set in Medieval London

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2016

Peacock's Cry (Hugh Corbett Novella)

Peacock's Cry (Hugh Corbett Novella)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2016

With Ranulf's life at stake, can Sir Hugh hope to save him?An exclusive digital novella featuring Sir Hugh Corbett, the medieval sleuth of acclaimed historian Paul Doherty's most popular series. Includes an exclusive extract from the eighteenth Corbett novel Dark Serpent. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and Ellis PetersIt is 1311 and England seethes with unrest. Sir Hugh Corbett, former keeper of the Secret Seal, has been absent from royal service for over six years. Content to live a life more relaxed with his wife and children in the country Corbett has enjoyed his time away from the machinations of court and the secrets men will kill to keep. But a visit from his new King, Edward II, brings about change. His former prot g , Ranulf Atte-Newgate, now Senior Clerk in the Chancery, has been implicated in the death of a young novice, and Edward has made it clear that Corbett must resume his post and solve the case if Ranulf is not to hang for the murder...Corbett knows that resuming his post will bring him to the fore of Edward's political machinations but with Ranulf's life at stake, does Corbett have any choice but to accept the Seal once more?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Doherty manages to build in plot twists and misdirection and the whole thing moves at a tremendous pace to the final conclusion''A magical author''Master storytelling from one of the best authors'

The Herald of Hell A mystery set in Medieval London

The Herald of Hell A mystery set in Medieval London

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

The Herald of Hell A Mystery Set in Medieval London

The Herald of Hell A Mystery Set in Medieval London

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Tenebrae

Tenebrae

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2016

Roman soldier Manoletus must face some of the most formidable creatures of the underworld, yet his time is running out... Paul Doherty writes a gripping historical adventure in Tenebrae, a mystery of the Roman underworld. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor.'Teems with colour, energy and spills' - Time Out Germany, A.D. 9. Highly-esteemed Roman soldier, Manoletus, finds himself trapped and immersed in Varus' camp surrounded by dead comrades, but manages to flee. Thinking himself safe, he encounters a more fearsome enemy than the German army: the Tenebrae and its Ataru. This deadly, cloaked, blood-sucking killer and keeper of the Underworld, capable of slaying villages of people, trains its gaze upon Manoletus.The Tenebrae are born from Cleopatra's death, and Manoletus' path becomes tied with the legend and is drawn to Egypt to delve deeper into the mystery of these immortal creatures. Still on the run, Manoletus meets a late comrade's daughter and vows to protect her. When the Tenebrae send her back to Rome, Manoletus is determined to make his way home to her. But will Manoletus find her before the Tenebrae find him?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Paul Doherty is a synonym for quality and entertainment''A compelling tale of historical fiction that exudes accuracy and detail''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books'

The Book of Fires A Medieval mystery

The Book of Fires A Medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2015

Candle Flame A novel of Mediaeval London featuring Brother Athelstan

Candle Flame A novel of Mediaeval London featuring Brother Athelstan

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/12/2014

Love Knot

Love Knot

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2014

A powerful and passionate story of forbidden love set in Medieval England...Immersed in the colours and drama of medieval life, Paul Doherty's richly evocative novel, The Love Knot, combines fact and fiction to tell one of history's greatest but most secret love affairs. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy. Spring, 1297. Recently widowed Joanna of Acre, loving daughter of Edward I, is pleased at her father's unexpected visit. But Edward has heard a rumour of an inappropriate friendship between Joanna, still officially in widow's weeds, and penniless commoner Ralph Monthermer. Edward, believing he has proof of a clandestine affair, immures Joanna in a nunnery and imprisons Ralph within Bristol Castle. Henry Trokelowe, Edward's clerk, stops him killing Ralph, who is allowed to live while the cold, almost passionless Henry investigates. Ralph and Joanna's only chance of survival now lies in Henry's hands, but how can a confirmed bachelor even begin to understand the all-consuming passion binding them?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books''Fascinating''Five stars'

Bedtime Story Time

Bedtime Story Time

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2014

Roseblood

Roseblood

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

England, 1455: a kingdom on the brink of civil war. The Red Rose: King Henry of Lancaster's days are numbered. Deemed unfit for rule, even by his own mother, he surely cannot last on the throne for long. Simon Roseblood - London lord, taverner and alderman - is one of few loyal servants left to fight his cause. The White Rose: Ruthless Richard of York has his eye firmly set on the crown - and plenty of powerful allies who will do anything to help him win it. Henchman Amadeus Sevigny makes no bones about enforcing his own authority and asserting law and order at York's command. When Roseblood is summoned by Sevigny to stand trial for a crime he knows he didn't commit, their paths cross in ways that alter them both for ever. And as the Wars of the Roses looms, an even greater foe is poised to rock the foundations of England, and wreak horror in a hotbed of political unrest.

The Book of Fires A Medieval mystery

The Book of Fires A Medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

The Straw Men

The Straw Men

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2014

The Last of Days A gripping mystery of the Tudor Court

The Last of Days A gripping mystery of the Tudor Court

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

In the final days of Henry VIII, one man is there to witness the demise of a legend... King Henry VIII, a fearsome figure of power and stature, lies upon his deathbed diminished by sickness and haunted by ghosts from his past. Only Will Somers, long-serving jester and confidant, sees all. While Henry is confined to his chamber, Will begins a journal that will document his King's last turbulent days. The country is fraught with tension. And with the King's son and heir just nine years old, there are many power-hungry councillors who will stop at nothing to better themselves. Now as the King's health fails, rebellion threatens amidst widespread rumours of plots against him. With few allies remaining, will Henry himself become the final victim of his reckless, bloody reign? Master historian Paul Doherty weaves his magic in an epic tale of murderous schemes and a blood-smattered political order.

Masked Man

Masked Man

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2013

During the reign of Louis XIV, a mysterious man was kept prisoner in Bastille. Who was he?The mysteries of 18th century France are explored in Paul Doherty's masterful novel, The Masked Man. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Susanna Gregory.Ralph Croft, an English rogue, is plucked from the dungeon of the Bastille to head an investigation to find the real identity of the infamous 'Masked Man'. But before he can discover the truth, he must face brutal imprisonment, threats and countless dangers... Will he live to complete the task?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books''Mr. Doherty's research is only topped by his imagination'

Of Love and War

Of Love and War

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2013

The war may be over, but devastating secrets are about to come to light...Of Love and War is a compelling tale of love, guilt and retribution in the aftermath of the Great War from masterful writer, Paul Doherty. Perfect for fans of Pat Barker and Sebastian Barry.'A powerful and poignant novel with echoes of Birdsong and Gallipoli, [Paul Doherty's] exuberant story of love, guilt and retribution vividly captures the courage and tragedy of the Great War's survivors as the face an uncertain future' - Newcastle Evening ChronicleIn 1921, Lieutenant Henry Gilpin is scouring the country seeking out those who, perhaps, did not do their best for king and country in the Great War. In the mining town of Crouden, Jack Aylward's name is on the top of his list. Many men never returned to Crouden from the mud of Northern France; the survivors are tragically altered. Gilpin may exorcise their ghosts, but he brings new terrors with his justice. Kitty Aylward watches in horror as he tears apart the lives of people she has loved and respected. After a wonderful childhood with her constant companions, Billy and Jack, Kitty had finally married Billy but before he left to fight Billy asked for one strange promise: if he should die, she must marry his closest friend. When her husband was killed kept her oath, but now she slowly realises that Gilpin could hold a terrible secret concerning Jack, and Billy's death.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'A tremendous and absorbing read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books''Five stars'

Loving Cup

Loving Cup

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2013

An impossible love. A grisly murder. A hunt for justice.Paul Doherty's novel The Loving Cup, brings Restoration London to raucous life amid a compelling love story and murder mystery. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy. Samuel Atkins is deeply in love with Maria Eleanora, a beautiful young woman from the court of Queen Catherine. But Atkins is a poor clerk, and Maria Eleanora a foreigner, so their love must remain a secret. When an important judge is found murdered, Samuel Pepys' followers are suspected, and Atkins is arrested. Suddenly, Maria Eleanora realises that to save her lover and discover the hideous truth behind the crime, she must thread her way through both the treacherous alleys of London and the murky and murderous politics of those seeking to destroy the king. Based on historical events, The Loving Cup not only probes one of the great murder mysteries of English history but also recounts a love story as passionate as it is secretive.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Paul Doherty is a synonym for quality and entertainment''A compelling tale of historical fiction that exudes accuracy and detail''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books'

Time of Murder at Mayerling (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 3)

Time of Murder at Mayerling (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 3)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

A shocking shooting hides long-buried secrets...The Time of Murder at Mayerling is the third novel in Paul Doherty's Nicholas Segalla series. Perfect for fans of Anne Perry and C.J. Sansom. Vienna, 1889. Glittering entertainments hide a world of sinister political intrigue at the court of the Hapsburgs. But this protected bubble explodes when horrifying news comes to light that the heir to the throne, the handsome Archduke Rudolph, shot his mistress before turning the gun on himself at the imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling. Is there more to the story than meets the eye? Rumours of foul play soon began to surface as Vetsera's body is hurriedly buried in secrecy and the government suppress any inquiry. Scholar Nicholas Segalla is forced to risk his own life and uncover the truth behind the spectacular cover-up as he attempts to expose a murderer with a very surprising connection to the doomed prince.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Riveting story''Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books'

Prince Lost to Time (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 2)

Prince Lost to Time (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 2)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

A missing prince may provide the answers - can he be found?The Prince Lost to Time is Paul Doherty's second novel to feature Nicholas Segalla - a shadowy scholar travelling through time solving the past's greatest mysteries. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and C. J. Sansom.As the flames of revolution spread through France, they engulf the Royal Family, whose fairy-tale life in the magnificent palace of Versailles is shattered during the violent and bloody Reign of Terror. First to face the executioner is King Louis XVI, followed nine months later by his beautiful queen, the passionate Marie Antoinette. Several months before her death her young son and heir, Louis Charles, is torn from her arms, disappearing into the annals of history for ever. Although many presume him dead, legends spring up about the boy who would be king - did he die? If not, what happened to him? To keep his promise to the doomed queen, Segalla must brave treachery to unlock the answer.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Wonderful story''No one can make you feel as if you're living in different times like Paul Doherty''Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read'

Time for the Death of a King (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 1)

Time for the Death of a King (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 1)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

She was a passionate lover. But was she also a murderess?In the first of Paul Doherty's series featuring the time travelling scholar Nicholas Segalla, the reader is transported to the 16th century Scottish court. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and C. J. Sansom.Edinburgh, 1567. Beautiful Mary, Queen of Scots, leaves her ill husband's bedside to attend the wedding festivities of her maid of honour. Hours later, the calm night is shattered by a devastating explosion. The King's body is found in a field with a cloak, a chair, a slipper and a dagger by his lifeless corpse. When stolen letters cast suspicion on the queen herself, she is accused of murder. Was the fiery Mary the perpetrator of the King's bloody murder, or the object of a ruthless plot of betrayal, crafted by England's most masterful assassin, the Raven Master? Only the shadowy scholar Nicholas Segalla can uncover the truth.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'A cracker, full of twists and turns, with an overarching mystery of who exactly is Segalla''Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books'

In Time of the Poisoned Queen (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 4)

In Time of the Poisoned Queen (Nicholas Segalla series, Book 4)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

With so many enemies, how will Nicholas Segalla unravel the web of mysteries?Nicholas Segalla visits Tudor England once again in Paul Doherty's gripping mystery, In the Time of the Poisoned Queen. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and C. J. Sansom.1558 was a year of sinister and bloody conspiracy in England. Deserted by her husband, Philip of Spain, Queen Mary faces an ever-tightening circle of conspiracy and deceit. Rumours and whispers abound that she, like her first minister Reginald Cardinal Pole, is being slowly murdered by a subtle poison. There are many who would benefit from Mary's death: Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France and 'Mistress of the Poisons'; beautiful Mary, Queen of Scots, heiress presumptive to the throne in the eyes of English Catholics; Pope Paul IV surveys the silken threads of treachery from his perch in Rome; and the Queen's own half-sister, Elizabeth, who takes council from her 'little wizard' William Cecil. Who is behind the letters signed by the 'Four Evangelists'? What is the secret concealed in the phrase 'Mark 15.34'? What does a verse from the Gospels predict about the future succession of England? Nicholas Segalla, a mysterious scholar and diplomat, must thread his way through this web of Byzantine intrigue.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'A cracker, full of twists and turns, with an overarching mystery of who exactly is Segalla''Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books'

Murder in Macedon (Alexander the Great Mysteries, Book 1)

Murder in Macedon (Alexander the Great Mysteries, Book 1)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

Alexander must fight for his throne, his father... and his life.Paul Doherty transports his readers to Ancient Greece in A Murder in Macedon - a gripping mystery featuring Alexander the Great. Perfect for fans of Gary Corby and Margaret Doody.'If you want to know whodunit in ancient times, Doherty is your man' - Good Book Guide In the summer of 336 BC, Philip of Macedon is to celebrate his glorious reign. He has waded through a sea of blood to become master of Greece, but he also has troubles at home. He has divorced and rejected his first wife, the witch queen Olympias, while her son Alexander is the subject of a whispering campaign that he is not Philip's true heir. Philip summons all of Greece to attend his great celebration in the old capital of Aegae, but the Macedonian court is plunged into chaos and bloodshed when he is murdered by Pausanias. Alexander must fight for his rights against intrigue and treachery at home and abroad. In order to prove his own innocence, he also has to find out who was really responsible for Philip's death and why. Was Pausanias a lone assassin or acting on behalf of others?What readers are saying about A Murder in Macedon:'A very enthralling story''An interesting twist''Paul Doherty - brilliant - nothing more to say'

Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303

Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

An insight into one of history's most cunning, yet overlooked, events...Medieval London comes to life in Paul Doherty's gripping retelling of this early attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, the first great bank raid in history.'Doherty tells the tale with verve incorporating much fascinating historical detail' - Historical Novels ReviewIn the reign of King Charles II (1660 - 1685), there was a famous attempt to steal the crown jewels by the memorably named Colonel Blood. However, Blood's conspiracy was not the first such plot, and it was certainly not the most successful...Three centuries earlier, in 1303, Edward I of England (of Braveheart fame) was north of the Scottish border attempting to crush William Wallace, secure in the knowledge that he had stashed his royal treasures safely behind iron-bound doors in Westminster Abbey - a place of sanctity reputed to house Christ's body, and inhabited by pious Benedictine monks.Enter Richard Puddlicott: a former merchant and a charming, dissolute, rogue with a grudge against the king. He infiltrated the Abbey's inner circle (entertaining them on the proceeds of their own silver) and, before long, had managed to help himself to a good part of the treasure. The King's fury knew no bounds, but Puddlicott ran the King's men a merry dance before eventually being captured and sent - along with forty monks - to his death in Westminster.This exhilarating tale of cunning, deceit, lechery, monks, pimps and prostitutes is also the story of the first great bank raid in history. Until now - with most of the evidence still in manuscripts, in Latin or Norman French - very little has been written about it. With his usual verve, blending vivid narrative and historical analysis, Paul Doherty takes the lid off both the medieval underworld and the 'holy' monastic community. The result is historically enlightening and a gripping read.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'I was totally gripped. I have read a lot of history books and this is amongst the best I have read''An interesting book, historically accurate and very well researched''Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels'

Death of the Red King

Death of the Red King

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2013

In 1100, King William II died in a tragic accident... or was it murder?In The Death of the Red King, acclaimed historian Paul Doherty investigates the suspicious death of William II in a masterful 'faction' - a mix of both fact and fiction.Concentrating on both old and new evidence, Paul Doherty explores the highly suspicious elements surrounding the death of King William II of England, nicknamed "e;Rufus the Red King"e;. Through the eyes of the great philosopher Anselm, a secret admirer of the Red King, a far more chilling interpretation of his death is put forward that challenges everything we think we know.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'An interesting look at a little known real-life mystery''The book is interesting, well written, fact and fiction coming easily together to form a well-argued case''Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels'

Feast of Poisons (Kathryn Swinbrooke 7)

Feast of Poisons (Kathryn Swinbrooke 7)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

The village of Walmer near Canterbury is a small, claustrophobic place where everyone knows everyone else's business. Everyone knows the blacksmith, Elias, liked to drink and liked the ladies. Everyone knows his wife, Isabella, had been spotted many a time entering the woods with men other than her husband. And everyone knows the couple fought, sometimes violently. But could they have independently, on the same day, murdered each other with two entirely different poisons? The village's medicine woman, Mother Croul, doesn't think so. And neither does Kathryn Swinbrooke, Physician of Canterbury, who is in town with her new husband, Colum Murtagh.Kathryn and Colum are visiting on state business: Lord Henry Beauchamp is to receive the shadowy emissaries of Louis XI of France, on behalf of his own master, Edward of York. It is a tense time for the kingdom; everything hinges on the meeting between Lord Henry and the French agents. But now, as a murderer stalks the land, only Kathryn Swinbrooke can cut through the web of deceit that arrives with the Spider King's minions.

Maze of Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 6)

Maze of Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 6)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A serial killer stalks the passages of a medieval monastery...A Maze of Murders is a thrilling murder mystery from the masterful Paul Doherty, featuring medieval sleuth Kathryn Swinbrooke. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and Robin Hobb.A violent past haunts Sir Walter Maltravers of Ingoldby Hall in Canterbury. Decades before the War of the Roses, he served in the fanatical bodyguard of Constantine XI Palaeologus, the last Byzantine emperor. But instead of defending the emperor to his death, Maltravers fled, taking with him the Lacrima Christi - a holy relic of incalculable value. When the Lacrima Christi disappears from Canterbury's Franciscan monastery, Sir Walter fears he is being tracked down by the emperor's vengeful loyalists. Days later, Maltravers's head is found impaled on a pole. Apothecary Kathryn Swinbrooke and her fianc e, Colum Murtagh, are called to investigate the crime. As the investigation begins, it becomes clear that all was not as it seemed within the cosy confines of Ingoldby Hall. The death toll is mounting, and if Swinbrooke and Murtagh don't nail down the killer - or killers - soon, they could be next.What readers are saying about the Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries:'The sense of menace, depth of characterization and interesting cast of characters make this book, and the series, a brilliant read''A great romp through medieval England''Superb plot and characters. Kathryn is so interesting and insight into the history of the time is so well documented. You feel as if you were there and can even smell it!'

Saintly Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 5)

Saintly Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 5)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A miracle... or murder?Paul Doherty writes a gripping novel in Saintly Murders, the fifth Kathryn Swinbrooke mystery. Perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Ellis Peters.In the late summer of 1472, medieval physician and apothecary Kathryn Swinbrooke is summoned to investigate yet another puzzling situation in Canterbury. She is appointed by the Archbishop as Advocatus Diaboli - the Devil's Advocate - to argue against the beatification of Roger Atworth, a friar in the Order of the Sack and confessor of King Edward's mother. Atworth has died under mysterious circumstances, and there are rumours afloat of miraculous happenings surrounding his body. When Kathryn begins asking questions at the friary about Atworth's death, she discovers that the logical explanation is murder, not a miracle. But Kathryn suspects a link between his death and that of an English spy outside the friary. With the murderer still on the loose, what began as a search for the town's ills becomes Kathryn's pursuit of a killer...What readers are saying about the Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries:'The sense of menace, depth of characterization and interesting cast of characters make this book, and the series, a brilliant read''A great romp through medieval England''Superb plot and characters. Kathryn is so interesting and insight into the history of the time is so well documented. You feel as if you were there and can even smell it!'

Book of Shadows (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 4)

Book of Shadows (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 4)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

What do you do when everyone is a suspect?Paul Doherty writes a medieval mystery shrouded in secrets in The Book of Shadows, the fourth novel to feature physician and sleuth Kathryn Swinbrooke. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and Michael Jecks.The year is 1471. Shortly after the murderous takeover of the throne by Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, blackmailers thrive by challenging detractors of the new king. The ugliest threat to the people of Canterbury is the magus Tenebrae, who controls the Book of Shadows - a grimoire of spells and magic containing secrets about the dead and the living. When Tenebrae is murdered, physician and apothecary Kathryn Swinbrooke is summoned to solve the crime, or else risk the transfer of her love, Colum Murtagh, far away to London. However, the secrets stretch all the way to the King and Queen themselves, and everyone is a suspect - especially Tenebrae's last visitors, a nervous group of goldsmiths from London. Tenebrae is dead but the Book of Shadows still exerts his power, and its new owners will die for it. As the suspects fall victim, one by one, to violent deaths, Swinbrooke most solve the mystery before the Book of Shadows closes on them all.What readers are saying about The Book of Shadows:'The sense of menace, depth of characterization and interesting cast of characters make this book, and the series, a brilliant read''Twists and turns throughout [with] interesting, colourful characters''Excellent story, couldn't put it down. Kept me guessing right to the end'

Merchant of Death (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 3)

Merchant of Death (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 3)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A disturbing murder unearths more questions than answers...Kathryn Swinbrooke returns for the third time in The Merchant of Death, Paul Doherty's gripping medieval mystery. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Michael Jecks.It is nearly Christmas, and snowstorms have blanketed the city of 15th-century Canterbury. Physician Kathryn Swinbrooke and her cook Thomasina are busily preparing for the holiday, when terrible news arrives: The painter Richard Blunt has confessed to killing his young wife, along with two men who were dallying with her. Kathryn is disturbed by Blunt's serene demeanour, but before she can articulate her suspicions, another death captures her attention. A tax collector, Sir Reginald Erpingham, has been found dead in his room at the Wicker Man tavern, and the King's monies have been stolen. Kathryn quickly determines that the collector was murdered, perhaps by poison, and begins questioning the guests at the tavern. Meanwhile, there are patients to be cared for, a practice to build, and a household to maintain - but Kathryn must put aside these pleasant duties if she is to find the link between Richard Blunt and the strange events at the Wicker Man tavern.What readers are saying about The Merchant of Death:'Exciting from start to finish with so many twists and turns''A great romp through medieval England''A real page turner'

Eye of God (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 2)

Eye of God (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 2)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A missing royal relic and a shocking murder draw Kathryn into dangerous climes... Kathryn Swinbrooke pits her wits against enemies of the crown in, The Eye of God, the second of Paul Doherty's gripping mysteries featuring the medieval sleuth. Perfect for fans of Michael Jecks and Robin Hobb. As the bloody confusion of the War of the Roses rages through 15th-century Canterbury, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, gives the precious royal relic the Eye of God to his trusted soldier Brandon, just before being killed. Ordered to take the priceless Eye of God to the monks at Canterbury, Brandon is captured and held prisoner in the city. When Brandon dies under mysterious circumstances and the Eye of God is nowhere to be found, soldier Colum Murtagh is summoned by King Edward IV to find the relic and physician Kathryn Swinbrooke to assess the death. Resuming their unlikely partnership, the two find themselves in an increasingly dangerous situation. A corpse is pulled from a river and another murder takes place in Canterbury, while Colum is tracked by threatening pursuers. As all signs point to an intrigue involving enemies of Edward IV, Colum and Katherine must rely on each other's wits for protection...What readers are saying about The Eye of God:'Enjoyable romp through murderous times''Eminently readable, extremely enjoyable''The twists and turns of the plot that kept me reading late into the night'

Shrine of Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 1)

Shrine of Murders (Kathryn Swinbrooke Mysteries, Book 1)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A series of poisoned pilgrims requires the services of Canterbury's most intrepid sleuth...Paul Doherty introduces his medieval sleuth Kathryn Swinbrooke for the first time in A Shrine of Murders, the first in a gripping mystery series from the acclaimed historical novelist. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory.A serial killer haunts 15th-century Canterbury. Kathryn Swinbrooke is an independent practitioner of medicine, discovering the benefits of an apple-rich diet for teeth, and prescribing herbs and vinegar for almost every known malady. Canterbury's tourist trade, already jeopardized by the War of the Roses, is further imperilled by a spate of poisoned pilgrims, each corpse accompanied by the appearance of a line or two of rough verse, in style remarkably similar to Geoffrey Chaucer's soon-to-be famous work. Suspecting the murderer is a doctor, the Archbishop asks for Kathryn's help. In a fascinating hunt that pits her against the august town physicians, Kathryn is aided only by her wits, her foul-mouthed, warm-hearted servant Thomasina, and Colum Murtagh, a powerful Irish mercenary.What readers are saying about A Shrine of Murders:'This is well researched, well written and a good story to curl up with on a dark winter's evening''Paul Doherty is a superb writer''Superb plot and characters. Kathryn is so interesting and insight into the history of the time is so well documented. You feel as if you were there and can even smell it!'

Murder in Thebes (Alexander the Great Mysteries, Book 2)

Murder in Thebes (Alexander the Great Mysteries, Book 2)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

Alexander the Great cannot be fooled...Paul Doherty writes an unputdownable Greek mystery of adventure and intrigue in A Murder in Thebes. Perfect for fans of Gary Corby and Margaret Doody.Never try to fool Alexander the Great... or betray him. The Thebans tried, and he burned their great city to the ground. But he left the temple of Oedipus untouched, hoping to obtain the legendary crown inside. Politically, the sacred crown may give him divine status. Privately, it will boost his ego... even more. Practically, it can kill him. Unless, of course, he discovers the ancient secret of crossing the pits of fire and poisonous snakes surrounding it.But as Alexander calls in his clever Hebrew friends Miriam and Simeon to help, he faces another baffling puzzle. An old soldier, alone inside a locked room and guarded by a ferocious dog, has been murdered. But how? The clues point to a traitor among Alexander's men. Now, amid the agonies of war and the ashes of Thebes, Alexander needs answers, and fast, before his own life becomes just another Greek tragedy....What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Held me enthralled''Paul Doherty writes THE best historical mysteries''Five stars'

House of Death (Telamon Triology, Book 1)

House of Death (Telamon Triology, Book 1)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

As Alexander the Great sits with his troops poised to attack, his guides are murdered. Can he uncover the spies in time?The House of Death is the first mystery in the magnificent Ancient Greece series featuring Alexander the Great and his physician Telamon, by master historian Paul Doherty. Perfect for fans of Gary Corby and Margaret Doody.'Paul Doherty has created a vivid, credible picture of life in the Persian and Macedonian courts on the eve of Alexander's conquests' - The Times It is 334 BC and the young Alexander sits with his troops by the Hellespont, poised to attack the empire of the great King Darius III. To win the approval of the gods for his enterprise he makes many offerings, yet the smoke does not rise, the sacrificial animals are flawed. Worse, his guides are being brutally murdered, Persian spies are in the camp, and Alexander's generals have their own secrets. Into this turmoil comes Telamon, a physician and boyhood friend of Alexander. As the climax builds and Alexander throws off his nervous fears, winning a brilliant and bloody triumph over the Persians, Telamon must at last succeed in unmasking their enemies...What readers are saying about The House of Death:'A book to fall in love with''Paul Doherty at his very best! Very well researched - a joy to read''Found myself totally engrossed in the book; I could not put it down till I got to the very last page'

Godless Man (Telamon Triology, Book 2)

Godless Man (Telamon Triology, Book 2)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

Can the mysteries of Ancient Greece, and Alexander himself, be unravelled? Alexander the Great faces the challenge of the Persian Centaur in The Godless Man, the second novel in Paul Doherty's magnificent series. Perfect for fans of Gary Corby and Margaret Doody.'[Paul Doherty's] Alexander is a loyal friend and likeable rogue intent on gambling everything to achieve his dreams of world conquest' - Times Literary SupplementAlexander has smashed the armies of the great king Darius III and is roaming the Western Persian Empire like a hungry predator, living up to his nickname of 'the Wolf of Macedon'. Arriving in the great city of Ephesus in 334 BC, his campaign is threatened by a series of violent murders carried out by a high-ranking Persian spy known as 'the Centaur'. Worse, one of Alexander's old tutors, Leonidas, is found face down in a pond at the House of Medusa.Alexander's friend and physician, the level-headed Telamon, must set about unravelling this mass of blood-strewn mysteries. As always one of the biggest obstacles is Alexander himself, a consummate actor whose lust for power and glory matches the carnage and intrigue that dog his footsteps like the Furies themselves.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Paul Doherty has the rare talent of making you feel as though you are there, be it medieval England, or battling with Alexander. The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of his books''[You] lose yourself in the story''Five stars'

Gates of Hell (Telamon Triology, Book 3)

Gates of Hell (Telamon Triology, Book 3)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A campaign of murder, as Alexander nears his greatest challenge...Paul Doherty writes the third instalment featuring Alexander the Great and Telamon in The Gates of Hell, a gripping mystery of murder and adventure. Perfect for fans of Gary Corby and Margaret Doody.'The combination of legendary historical figures and an old-fashioned murder mystery proves irresistible in Paul Doherty's vivid new interpretation of the exploits of Alexander the Great' - Yorkshire Evening Post It is 334 BC, and Alexander and his troops have crossed into Asia. Marching south he has conquered all in his path, but he and his enemies all know that the great prize is the city of Halicarnassus, strategically important and with fortifications to make any attacker despair. Alexander's court is set up close to the city, and his physician and old friend Telamon is there.Even as Alexander prepares for one of the most dramatic confrontations in the ancient world, a series of brutal killings begins, proving that the Persians have infiltrated the court. With his lord facing the fight of his life, Telamon must go through 'the Gates of Hell' to find the traitors.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'With vivid sense imagery and a keen eye for detail, Doherty brings colour and drama''Paul Doherty grasps the atmosphere, the spirit of the times, and the aura of royal intrigue of 334 BC''Five stars'

Whyte Harte (Matthew Jankyn, Book 1)

Whyte Harte (Matthew Jankyn, Book 1)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

The suspicious death of the Richard II prompts an unground movement known as the White Harte...The turbulent times of the 15th century are perfectly captured in Paul Doherty's gripping mystery, The White Harte. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory.Jankyn's narrative relates his own past, a past spent unwillingly under the tutelage of priests and friars in an Augustinian monastery; his rebellious flirtation with the heresy of Lollardism; and finally his becoming a thief, an accused traitor, and yeoman to Bishop Henry Beaufort, illegitimate grandson of 'The Black Prince', and half-brother to King Henry V. It is Beaufort who 'rescues' Jankyn from Newgate prison to serve as his investigator of the rumours that Richard II is not dead, but alive in Scotland, encouraging the small rebellions under the sign of the White Harte. It is up to Jankyn to discover the truth...What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'The plot and mystery slowly unfolds with unexpected twists and turns before finally being unravelled. An enthralling tale by Doherty at his best''[You] lose yourself in the story''Five stars'

Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II

Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

The story of a queen known as 'the she-wolf' and a fresh view of an infamous murder...In a colourful non-fiction narrative, which provides an evocative setting for a scramble for wealth and power, Paul Doherty traces the life of Queen Isabella and her part in the mysterious death of her husband, King Edward II. Perfect for fans of Michael Jecks and Kathryn Warner.'Riveting... Nobody reading could be left in any doubt that... Edward's murder at Berkley is open to question' - Alison Weir, Sunday Times In chess, from the time of Queen Isabella of England, the queen has been considered the most powerful and feared piece on the board. Known to chroniclers as the 'she-wolf', Isabella, daughter of Philip IV of France, married King Edward II of England in 1308 in a union intended to create a lasting peace between the two countries. But after 13 years of enduring her husband's unkind and dissolute nature she fled abroad. With her lover, the exiled Roger Mortimer, she raised an army of mercenaries and invaded England, successfully deposing Edward.Popular belief holds that Edward was murdered in an infamous manner at Berkeley Castle near Gloucester, at the order of his wife and her lover. But after Mortimer's execution a letter arrived at court that cast doubt over Edward's death and raised the possibility of his escape. The evidence remains controversial to this day, and here Paul Doherty examines it in his fascinating detective study, set in one of the most turbulent and exciting periods of English history.What readers are saying about Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II:'A scholarly and very readable biography of the woman known as the 'She Wolf of France'''Paul Doherty has done a wonderful job in sketching the life and career of this remarkable Queen - it's a real historical page-turner''I could not stop reading this book by Paul Doherty as it is very well written, immensely readable and fascinating. For me an absolute MUST'

Alexander the Great: The Death of a God

Alexander the Great: The Death of a God

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

What - or who - really killed the young conqueror of the known world?Master historian Paul Doherty investigates an outstanding figure who achieved so much before his premature end in this remarkable non-fiction work, Alexander the Great: The Death of a God. Perfect for fans of Philip Freeman and Robin Lane Fox.'Riveting... compelling... an important contribution to the literature on the period' - Sunday TimesAlexander the Great was an enigma, a man who wanted to be a god, a Greek who wanted to be Persian, a defender of liberties who spent most of his life taking away the liberties of others, and a king who could be compassionate yet also had the capacity to ruthlessly wipe out an ancient city. The Death of Alexander scrutinizes the circumstances surrounding the young king's death in the summer palace of the Persian kings. Did Alexander die of alcohol poisoning? Or where there other, more sinister factors involved? The great general had surrounded himself with outstanding captains of war. Was it they who ultimately made a decision to bring this young god's life to a violent, untimely end?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels''I could not stop reading this book by Paul Doherty as it is very well written, immensely readable and fascinating. For me an absolute MUST''Pure brilliance'

Secret Life of Elizabeth I

Secret Life of Elizabeth I

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A secret that could have changed the course of English history... Acclaimed historian Paul Doherty offers an insightful interpretation of one of the most fascinating English monarchs in his masterful 'faction', The Secret Life of Elizabeth I.From master historian Paul Doherty comes a detective story with a difference: tracking down the real Elizabeth I, and capturing the atmosphere of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Written as a 'faction', The Secret Life of Elizabeth I interprets original sources through one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting. These illuminating 'recollections' form the book, uncovering everything from the passionate relationship between Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, to the stunning revelation that they had a son, Arthur Dudley, seized by the Spanish in 1587.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Doherty is a spellbinding storyteller with an exceptional grasp of history. This story is of the usual high standard we expect from him and utterly fascinating, I couldn't put it down''This book is beyond fantastic. Paul Doherty brought Elizabethan times back to life here - making you feel you're there''Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels'

Death of a King

Death of a King

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

The fate of a king is not always glorious...The dramatic events of Edward II's death are told with masterful skill by acclaimed writer, Paul Doherty, in The Death of a King. Perfect for fans of Michael Jecks and Ellis Peters.England's Edward II so angered his wife, her lover, and his subjects that they revolted, deposed him, and made him prisoner. History records that Edward II was eventually murdered in Berkeley Castle and buried publicly in Gloucester cathedral. But was he? The heir, Edward III, charges Chancery Clerk Edmund Beche with uncovering the truth of the matter. Beche's investigation is torturous, blocked by hidden records, outright lies, unexpected confessions, double crosses, and a high body count. Grave digging, burglary, and soldiering at the bloody battle of Cr cy await him. But Edward is a most determined man...What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Doherty writes well and paints a very believable picture''Mr. Doherty's research is only topped by his imagination''The intrigue! The intrigue! What can I say? Read it... NOW!'

Prince Drakulya

Prince Drakulya

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

Who was the man behind the legend?In Prince Drakulya, Paul Doherty traces the life of the infamous figure in a thrilling mystery. Perfect for fans of C.J Sansom and Ellis Peters.Dracula has always been a fascinating yet terrifying figure. But the legend of the human vampire is based on horrifying reality: Dracula (or more properly Drakulya) was a real person, a Prince of Wallachia (now part of Romania) who struggled for personal and political survival during the sinister intrigues of I5th century Europe. Discover him through Rhodros - the friend who knew him best. Rhodros accurately describes Drakulya's influences: his harsh imprisonment by the Ottoman Turks, his manipulation by the subtle and brilliant Ottoman court, and his lust for vengeance against the nobles responsible for the deaths of his father and brother. When Drakulya finally breaks free from his captors' influence he returns as ruler of his own country to wreak horrifying revenge...Don't miss the gripping sequel: The Lord Count Drakulya.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books''Mr. Doherty's research is only topped by his imagination'

Lord Count Drakulya

Lord Count Drakulya

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

What happens when a man turns into a monster?The Lord Count Drakulya is Paul Doherty's second novel exploring the life of the man behind the legend. Perfect for fans of C.J Sansom and Ellis Peters.Prince Dracula, or more accurately, Drakulya, was a real person who struggled to control the small Balkan kingdom of Wallachia amidst the cruelty and corruption of I5th-century Europe. Through the eyes of his Greek friend, Rhodros, we see Drakulya, a Renaissance prince, become a despot and wreak a horrifying revenge on his opponents. When Drakulya launches all-out war against his hated enemy, the Ottoman Turks, Rhodros is drawn deeper into the nightmare. His attempts at escape are overtaken by events which sweep Drakulya to a chilling climax and the birth of one of Europe's most terrifying legends...What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read''The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books''Mr. Doherty's research is only topped by his imagination'

Fate of Princes

Fate of Princes

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A bloody war. An infamous king. A legendary story. Paul Doherty explores the mystery of the Princes in the Tower in his unforgettable novel, The Fate of the Princes. Perfect for fans of C.J Sansom and Susanna Gregory. In this gripping novel, master historian Paul Doherty explores the iconic mystery of the Princes in the Tower. Did they die? Were they killed? Or did they escape? Paul Doherty offers a dramatic and intriguing solution, and an original interpretation of a well-known mystery.What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'An interesting take on the story - would definitely recommend this book''Mr. Doherty's research is only topped by his imagination' 'Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read'

Dove Amongst the Hawks

Dove Amongst the Hawks

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

With secrets around every corner, can the truth ever be uncovered?The turbulent times of the Wars of the Roses are explored in Paul Doherty's unputdownable novel, Dove Amongst the Hawks. Perfect for fans of C.J Sansom and Susanna Gregory.A physician in London during the Wars of the Roses, Dr Luke Chichele becomes well acquainted with royalty. Part of a plot instigated by the Pope, he is tasked with investigating the death of King Henry VI in the Tower of London. Was it suicide or murder? The Pope wants to prove Henry as worthy of beatification, while the new King, Edward IV, claims he died witless and incapable. The closer Luke comes to the truth, the more his life falls into danger...What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'Thoroughly enjoyable story written in Doherty's inimitable style... a new angle on the mysterious death of a king''I would read a cornflake box if Paul Doherty had written it''Five stars'

Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun

Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

Unravelling one of the ancient world's most infamous deaths...In this illuminating non-fiction account of the life and death of Tutankhamun, Paul Doherty tells the story of the bloody intrigue behind the iconic mask. Colour photographs are also included. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Reeves and the ITV series Tutankhamun.Egypt's most famous king died at the age of eighteen, and in the three thousand years since his death, the fabulous treasure buried with the young ruler has become as famous as his name. It has long been assumed that Tutankhamun died of natural causes, yet his hurried burial, first in a virtually unmarked grave, suggests there may have been an attempt, or plot, to conceal the evidence of fatal head wounds. Behind King Tut's calm death mask, Doherty uncovers a turbulent tale of bloody intrigues at the Egyptian court, most of them pointing to the possibility of murder. The powerful cabal that ran the court and governed the country might have had young Tutankhamun assassinated; or he might have been killed at the instruction of the imperious first minister, Ay, who sought to seize the pharaonic crown for himself. And what role did the beautiful Ankhesenamun, Ay's granddaughter and Tutankhamun's queen, play in the labyrinthine courtly scheming? Coupling modern research with the original testimony of Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb, Doherty reconstructs a scenario of the king's short reign as illuminating as the revelations regarding his sudden, mysterious death are fascinating. What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'An interesting, thoughtful view on what might have happened to the boy-king''Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels''This book offers new clues and highlights the intrigue [of the] Egyptian court'

Serpent Amongst the Lilies (Matthew Jankyn, Book 2)

Serpent Amongst the Lilies (Matthew Jankyn, Book 2)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

An investigation into the mysterious woman known as Jeanne of Arc...The turbulent times of the 15th century are perfectly captured in Paul Doherty's gripping mystery, The Serpent Amongst the Lilies. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory.At the behest of his master, Bishop Henry Beaufort, former criminal Matthew Jankyn is set among the followers of Jeanne d'Arc (the lilies). Charged with discovering whether Jeanne is really a saint, Jankyn must work out how best to ensure that the French war against the British can be foiled. But in spite of his lawless background, Jankyn comes to like Jeanne and to resent being pitted against her. But does Jeanne somehow know more about Jankyn's intentions than she is letting on, and what secrets is she keeping from him?What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:'The plot and mystery slowly unfolds with unexpected twists and turns before finally being unravelled. An enthralling tale by Doherty at his best''[You] lose yourself in the story''Five stars'

Grail Murders (Tudor Mysteries, Book 3)

Grail Murders (Tudor Mysteries, Book 3)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2012

The search for hidden treasure brings Rodger Shallot face to face with murder...In Paul Doherty's The Grail Murder, Richard Shallot's third journal, he must pit his wits against the terrifying and mysterious Templars. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and C.J. Sansom.In 1522 the rogue Roger Shallot and his sober-sided master Benjamin Daunbey are sent for by Cardinal Wolsey. Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, has been arrested for treason and Benjamin and Roger are made to witness his bloody execution. The true reason for Buckingham's downfall soon becomes apparent: he was searching at Templecombe Manor and Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset for two precious relics - the Holy Grail and Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur.Benjamin and Shallot are ordered to Templecombe, accompanied by the leaders of King Henry VIII's dreaded secret service, the Agentes in Rebus, to find these relics for the King. They must pit their wits against the Templars, a secret organisation plotting against the Tudors, of which Buckingham may have been a part and who may still have a member of their society close to the crown.The difficulties that wily Shallot - running true to his boast of possessing the fastest legs and quickest wits in Christendom - has to face soon make their presence felt: a duel, blackmail, the curses of a witch, the grisly hand of glory, decapitated heads, mysterious fires - and silent murder in the eerie Templar chapel.What readers are saying about The Grail Murders: 'This book had it all, locked room murders, a mysterious country manor house, an abbey, Templar conspiracy and Arthurian folklore - excellent!''Fascinating... historical mysteries brought to life with lots of accurate historical facts''Excellent story. Always enjoyed the Shallot stories, he is a lovable rouge'

Canterbury Tales By Night Omnibus

Canterbury Tales By Night Omnibus

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2012

The Canterbury Tales by Night Omnibus features the first three novels in Paul Doherty's mystery series charting the progress of Chaucer's pilgrims, and the tales they tell along the way. Includes An Ancient Evil, A Tapestry of Murders and A Tournament of Murders. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Susanna Gregory.An Ancient Evil: As the travellers gather at the start of a pilgrimage to Canterbury, they agree to amuse themselves on their journey with evening tales of mystery, terror and murder. So begins the Knight's tale. It opens with the destruction of a sinister cult during the reign of William the Conqueror, and then moves to Oxford some two hundred years later where terrible murders are being committed. The Abbess of the Convent of St Anne's, believes the murders are connected with the legends of the cult and petitions the King for help... A Tapestry of Murders: As Chaucer's pilgrims continue towards Canterbury, they choose the Man of Law to narrate the next tale of fear and sinister dealings. In August 1358, the adulterous Dowager Queen Isabella, the 'She Wolf of France', lies dying of the pestilence in the sombre fortress of Castle Rising, where her 'loving' son has kept her incarcerated. But as in life so in death Isabella causes intrigue, violence and murder. Nicholas Chirke, an honest young lawyer, is brought in to investigate strange events following her death - and quickly finds himself at his wits' end trying to resolve the mysteries before a great scandal unfolds. A Tournament of Murders: While Chaucer's pilgrims settle for the night, the Franklin narrates a mysterious, bloody tale... In 1356 the Black Prince has won his resounding victory at Poitiers. As impoverished knight Gilbert Savage lies dying in the wake of the fight he tells his squire, Richard Greenele, that the story of his parents perishing during the plague is untrue. Richard, if he wishes to uncover what really happened, must travel to Colchester and seek out a sealed letter telling the truth of his parentage, and a most macabre confession that will set him on a mission for revenge from which there is no turning back...

Hugh Corbett Omnibus

Hugh Corbett Omnibus

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2012

Delve into the world of medieval sleuth Hugh Corbett in the first three mysteries featuring the intrepid detective, from acclaimed historical author Paul Doherty. Includes Satan in St Mary's, Crown in Darkness and Spy in Chancery. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks and Robin Hobb.Satan in St Mary's: 1284: Edward I is battling a traitorous movement founded by the late Simon de Montfort, the rebel who lost his life at the Battle of Evesham in 1258. The Pentangle, the movement's underground society whose members are known to practice the black arts, is thought to be behind the apparent suicide of Lawrence Duket, one of the King's loyal subjects. The King, deeply suspicious of the affair, orders his wily Chancellor, Burnell, to look into the matter. Burnell chooses a sharp and clever clerk from the Court of King's Bench, Hugh Corbett, to conduct the investigation. Corbett - together with his manservant, Ranulf - is swiftly drawn into the tangled politics and dark and dangerous underworld of medieval London.Crown in Darkness: 1286: on a storm-ridden night, King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande. He never reaches his final destination as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them both crashing to their death on the rocks. The Scottish throne is left vacant of any real heir and immediately the great European princes and the powerful nobles of Alexander's kingdom start fighting for the glittering prize. The Chancellor of England, Burnell, ever mindful of the interest his king, Edward I, has in Scotland, sends his faithful clerk, Hugh Corbett, to report on the chaotic situation at the Scottish court. Concerned that a connection exists between the king's death and those now desirous of taking the Scottish throne, Corbett is drawn into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy and danger.Spy in Chancery: Edward I of England and Philip IV of France are at war. Philip, by devious means, has managed to seize control of the English duchy of Aquitaine in France, and is now determined to crush Edward. King Edward suspects that his enemy is being aided by a spy in the English court and commissions his chancery clerk, Hugh Corbett, to trace and, if possible, destroy the traitor. Corbett's mission brings him into danger on both land and at sea, and takes him to Paris, and its dangerous underworld, and then to hostile Wales. Unwillingly he is drawn into the murky undercurrents of international politics in the last decade of the thirteenth century.

Amerotke Omnibus (Ebook)

Amerotke Omnibus (Ebook)

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2012

The Amerotke Omnibus offers three journeys into the heart of Ancient Egypt, from acclaimed historical mystery writer, Paul Doherty. Featuring the enigmatic Judge Amerotke, the collection includes The Horus Killings, The Anubis Slayings and The Slayers of Seth. Perfect for fans of Christian Jacqs and Wilbur Smith. The Horus Killings: At the divine temple of Horus, a crowd gathers to celebrate the triumphant return of Hatusu, the widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, after her successful battle against the Mitanni. Hatusu is determined that Egypt will accept her as the first Pharaoh-Queen, but she needs to win the favour of the gods. When a spate of savage killings takes place in the Temple of Horus, the priests interpret this as a sign of celestial disapproval of Hatusu. Only one man, Amerotke, a respected judge, can be trusted to find the truth amidst the intrigue surrounding the deaths... The Anubis Slayings: Hatusu, the remarkable young widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, has forced Egyptian society to acknowledge her as Pharaoh, and her success in battle is spreading Egypt's glory well beyond its frontiers. In the Temple of Anubis, negotiations are taking place between Hatusu and the defeated King Tushratta of Mitanni for a peace treaty that will seal her greatest victory. But, in one night, two hideous murders in the temple and the theft of the Glory of Anubis threaten the tentative truce. The respected judge Amerotke must find the truth or Egypt's fragile peace could be destroyed for ever... The Slayers of Seth: Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh's Chief Judge, is in the middle of a murder case. A young ambitious scribe, Ipumer, allegedly in love with the daughter of a powerful general, is dead. The prosecution has accused Lady Neshratta - apparently tired of the dalliance - of the crime. If found guilty, she will be buried alive in the desert sands of the Red Lands.When Amerotke is summoned to the Temple of Seth by Lord Senenmut, it seems there is another grave murder to investigate. One of Egypt's great heroes has been brutally killed and Pharaoh Hatusu herself has decided to intervene, and she calls on Judge Amerotke for help. There is more to link the deaths than originally meets the eye - but can Amerotke track down the killer before he strikes again?

Bloodstone

Bloodstone

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2012

House of Shadows

House of Shadows

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2012

In the late autumn of 1380, Brother Athelstan is busy enough. He and his parish council are preparing for the annual Christmas mystery play when a series of brutal murders occur at a Southwark tavern. Two young whores are found slain but their deaths are only the beginning of a series of gruesome killings which occur around the parish of St Erconwald's. A whole host of mysterious characters assemble to this pageant of murder: the Misericord, master thief and cunning man; the Judas man, a bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws and wolfheads; and finally the Knights of the Golden Falcon who assemble to celebrate their annual reunion. Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranstone have to resolve not only these grisly deaths but also their source - the Great Robbery of the Lombard treasure which occurred in Southwark some twenty years earlier...

Assassin's Riddle

Assassin's Riddle

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2012

It's the summer of 1380 and the corpse of Edwin Chapler, clerk of the Office of the Green Wax of the Chancery, has been pulled from the Thames: Chapler has drowned, but not before he received a vicious blow to the back of the head. Then Bartholomew Drayton, a usurer and money-lender, is found dead in his strongroom, a crossbow firmly embedded in his chest: a real mystery because the windowless strongroom was locked and barred from the inside. So who killed him; And how; And are the two deaths connected; Sir John Cranston, the Coroner of the City of London, comes to survey the scene. When other clerks are murdered, each with a riddle pinned to his corpse, Cranston enlists the help of his secretarius, Brother Athelstan; and together they must pit their wits against a deadly adversary bent on murder and mayhem.

Devil's Domain

Devil's Domain

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2012

In the summer of 1380 a French captain is murdered in Hawkmere Manor - a lonely, gloomy dwelling place, otherwise known as the 'Devil's Domain', which is used by Regent John of Gaunt to house French prisoners captured during the bloody battles waged between the French and the English on the Narrow Seas. Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan are summoned to investigate the mysterious death but their path is riddled with obstacles. How could the murderer have entered the Frenchman's chamber when the room was locked from within? Their aide, Sir Maurice Maltravers, is more of a hindrance than a help, as he faces the misery of heartbreak. Lady Angelica, the woman he intended to marry, has been whisked away to a convent by her tyrannical and disapproving father. It soon becomes apparent that only when the lovers are reunited will any progress be made in the murder investigation...

Field of Blood

Field of Blood

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2012

After the discovery of three savagely murdered bodies in his parish, Brother Athelstan finds himself involved in the hunt for a dangerous killer. It is clear that two of the victims, a whore and a preacher, surprised an assassin who was then forced to kill them. But who the third victim is, and why someone has gone to so much trouble to kill him, remains a mystery. And can it really have any connection with Sir John Cranston's attempt to save a women unjustly accused of stabbing a clerk?

House of Crows

House of Crows

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

1380. As the king's parliament debates whether to grant money supplies to the Regent for his war against the French, John of Gaunt orders Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan to investigate the murder of the Shrewsbury representatives, as the assassin must be caught before parliament suspects the Regent himself. Unfortunately, Sir John and Brother Athelstan have their own problems to deal with: the coroner is puzzled by a thief stealing cats from Cheapside, while Athelstan is concerned by claims that a devil is prowling his parish. Against a colourful pageantry of medieval court life and the dark slums of London, Sir John and Brother Athelstan pit their wits against a bloody murder and the assassin in the House of Crows.

By Murder's Bright Light

By Murder's Bright Light

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Winter, 1379, and a sea of trouble is besetting England. French privateers attack the southern coast on a path to threaten London itself. In response, an English flotilla of warships, including God's Bright Light, drops anchor in the Thames. During the night, however, the first mate and two of the ship's crew disappear without trace. Summoned to resolve the mysteries on board, Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan finds themselves in the thick of a bloody battle on the Thames as scandal, treason and murder rule the day.

The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2012

Anger of God

Anger of God

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2011

Autumn, 1379. The power of the crown is invested in John of Gaunt, and the kingdom is seething with discontent. The French are attacking the southern ports and peasants are planning a revolt organised by a mysterious leader who proclaims himself 'Ira Dei', the Anger of God. His plans plunged into chaos by a series of bloody murders, Gaunt turns to Sr John Cranston to catch the assassin and recover a vanished king's ransom in gold. Together, Cranston and his ally, Brother Athelstan, face threats and attack from the powerful as well as the seedy underworld of medieval London as they attempt to bring a cunning murderer to justice.

Murder Most Holy

Murder Most Holy

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2011

Summer, 1379. Sir John Cranston, coroner of the city of London, is trapped into a wager with Signor Gian Galeazzo, Lord of Cremona, when challenged to resolve a certain murder mystery within two weeks. Men have been found dead in the scarlet chamber of one of Cremona's manors. They have no mark upon them; they have neither drunk nor eaten poison; there are no secret passageways or entrances to the room. And they all have an awful expression of terror upon their faces. Realising his reputation and future wealth rest upon the solving of this mystery, Cranston seeks the help of his faithful secretarius, Brother Athelstan.

House of the Red Slayer

House of the Red Slayer

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2011

December, 1377. A great frost has London in its icy grip; even the Thames is frozen bank to bank. The Constable of the Tower of London, Sir Ralph Witton, is found murdered in a cold, bleak chamber in the North Bastion. The door is still locked from the inside and guarded by trusted retainers. So how did the assassins slip across a frozen moat to climb the sheer wall to commit such a dreadful crime? Appointed to investigate, Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston soon discover that Sir Ralph's murder is only the first in a series of macabre killings which have their roots in a terrible act of betrayal committed many years previously.

Nightingale Gallery

Nightingale Gallery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2011

In 1376, the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III. The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy, the future Richard II, and the great nobles gather like hungry wolves around the empty throne. As a terrible power struggle threatens the country, one of London's powerful merchant princes is foully murdered and Coroner Sir John Cranston and Dominican monk Brother Athelstan are ordered to investigate. When further deaths occur, they find themselves drawn ever deeper into a dark web of intrigue.

The Mysterium (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 17) The hunt for a deadly killer amidst medieval London

The Mysterium (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 17) The hunt for a deadly killer amidst medieval London

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2010

In Paul Doherty's brilliant new novel, will Hugh Corbett find the deadly assassin stalking London's streets? February 1304, and London is in crisis. A succession of brutal murders shocks the city as it comes to terms with the fall from power of Walter Evesham, Chief Justice in the Court of the King's Bench. Accused of bribery and corruption, Evesham has sought sanctuary to atone for his sins. When Evesham is discovered dead in his cell at the Abbey of Sion though, it appears that the Mysterium, a cunning killer brought to justice by Evesham, has returned to wreak havoc. Sir Hugh Corbett is ordered to investigate the murder. Has the Mysterium returned or is another killer imitating his brutal methods? As Corbett traces the ancient sins that hold the key to discovering the murderer's identity he must face his most cunning foe yet.

The Templar Magician (Templars, Book 2) A thrilling medieval mystery of murder and betrayal

The Templar Magician (Templars, Book 2) A thrilling medieval mystery of murder and betrayal

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Murder and mayhem set at the time of the secretive Templar Order. The year is 1152, and Jerusalem is still in the hands of the Crusaders, although the lofty ideals of before have now been replaced by subtle power-play. Meanwhile, in England, King Stephen is waging bloody war against Henry Fitzempress. The Templar Order, now fifty years old, is a wealthy power, glittering with tempting riches. Against this background of bloodshed, Robert de Payens, grandson of Eleanor, one of the co-founders of the Temple, and Englishman Edward Sendal find themselves caught up in a murder mystery when Raymond, Count of Tripoli, is brutally assassinated. Who would have wanted to murder Raymond, and is it possible that the answer may lie within the hallowed ranks of the Templar order itself?

The Darkening Glass (Mathilde of Westminster Trilogy, Book 3) Murder, mystery and mayhem in the court of Edward II

The Darkening Glass (Mathilde of Westminster Trilogy, Book 3) Murder, mystery and mayhem in the court of Edward II

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Mathilde of Westminster must face a dangerous foe in the third novel in Paul Doherty's acclaimed series. March 1312 and England is divided. Edward II is in conflict with his barons over royal favourite Gaveston, and Queen Isabella is momentously pregnant with the first union of Plantagenet and Capetian blood. Meanwhile, rebel Robert Bruce prowls the Scottish border seeking advancement. Mathilde of Westminster senses a challenge for the throne is imminent. When the great Earls step up their campaign, the King and Queen are forced to flee to a fortified priory in Tynemouth, now vulnerable to the Scottish marauders on land and Bruce's allies at sea. With threats all around, the royal party can only despair when one of their camp is murdered. Will Mathilde be able to find the perpetrator before the King loses control of the throne?

The Spies of Sobeck (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 7) Murder and intrigue from Ancient Egypt

The Spies of Sobeck (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 7) Murder and intrigue from Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

In Paul Doherty's new novel, Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Hall of Two Truths, is once again summoned to the Imperial Palaceo: Tekreth, Guardian of the Door of Sobeck, has fallen to his death from the roof of his stately mansion. According to all evidence, it was an accident but Pharaoh Queen Hatusu is not convinced. Increasingly worried about reports of mysterious disappearances along the Sobeck Road, the imperial highway stretching south, she believes that Tekreth's death could be part of a far greater problem. Amerotke, aware of the reports from the Sobeck Road, has also heard rumours about the Shemai, a cult devoted to death, based along its borders. Before Amerotke can start to consider either of these matters though, a gruesome mass murder occurs at the Necropolis. The funeral party for revered scribe, Ptulimis, has been poisoned and Amerotke must immediately investigate the abomination. As Amerotke probes further, he suspects that all these events may be connected and that dangerous forces are at work in Pharaoh Hatusu's realm. Will Amerotke be able to uncover the truth before Egypt is overrun by its sinister and dangerous underworld?

The Templar (Templars, Book 1) A gripping medieval mystery of crusades and adventure

The Templar (Templars, Book 1) A gripping medieval mystery of crusades and adventure

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2008

1095 and crusading fervour has swept Europe. Christ's fief of Jerusalem has been seized by the Infidels. The Frankish Knights of the West are to march east to liberate the Holy City. Hugh de Payens and Godefroi of St Omer, the soon-to-be founders of the Templar Order, and Hugh's younger sister, Eleanor, leave the security of their homes in Burgundy, France, with a plan to join Count Raymond of Toulouse's army, and march across the known world to Jerusalem. Follow the crusaders as they march through Europe into the glories of Byzantium and onto Syria and witness the hardships, bloodshed and trickery they encounter on their treacherous travels to the Holy Land.

Nightshade (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 16) A thrilling medieval mystery of murder and stolen treasure

Nightshade (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 16) A thrilling medieval mystery of murder and stolen treasure

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

January 1304 and Hugh Corbett, devoted emissary of King Edward I, has been charged with yet another dangerous mission. Scrope, an unscrupulous manor lord, has reneged on his promise to hand over a priceless ornate cross he stole from the Templars during the Crusades. Furthermore, he has massacred as heretics fourteen members of a religious order, whose corpses now hang in the woods near Mistleham in Essex. The King, determined to restore order, sends Corbett to Mistleham in his stead. But as Corbett reaches the troubled village, it becomes obvious that the situation has worsened. A mysterious bowman has appeared, killing townspeople at random. Is one of the Brethren responsible, or have the Templars arrived to wreak revenge? Can Corbett restore Mistleham to peace, and return the treasure to the King, before further blood is shed?

The Poison Maiden (Mathilde of Westminster Trilogy, Book 2) Deceit, deception and death in the court of Edward II

The Poison Maiden (Mathilde of Westminster Trilogy, Book 2) Deceit, deception and death in the court of Edward II

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2007

It's 1308 and England hovers on the brink of civil war. Edward II, his wife Isabella and the royal favourite Peter Gaveston Earl of Cornwall, have been forced to retreat to the King's folly. Just an arrowshot away lie the Great Lords and Philip IV of France, who are demanding that the Earl of Cornwall be charged with high treason. Edward is trapped, and worse, he has learnt that Philip has the 'Poison Maiden' on his side, a formidable spy who did untold damage during his father's reign. As Edward tries in vain to unmask the identity of the spy, Mathilde, handmaiden to the Queen, also attempts to identify the source of this threat. Soon the crisis spills over into violence. The Lords attempt to take Gaveston by force and the King and his Court, including Mathilde, are forced to flee. As the enemy closes in, Mathilde finds herself embroiled in a life and death struggle for the English crown.

The Poisoner of Ptah (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 6) A deadly killer stalks the pages of this gripping mystery

The Poisoner of Ptah (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 6) A deadly killer stalks the pages of this gripping mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2007

At a peace treaty signing between Egypt and Libya in Thebes, three of Egypt's leading scribes die violently on the Temple forecourt, the victims of a vile poisoning. To add to the mounting unease, a prosperous merchant and his young wife are found drowned. Rumours soon sweep the imperial city. The Poisoner of Ptah has returned. It falls to Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Halls of Two Truths, to investigate these hideous crimes. This story sees the Judge pit his wits against a cunning opponent who seems intent on spreading his death-dealing powders. Amerotke enters the twilight world of glorious Thebes where life can be so rich and yet death so swift and brutal.

The Waxman Murders (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 15) Murder, espionage and treason in medieval England

The Waxman Murders (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 15) Murder, espionage and treason in medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2007

In 1300, an English privateer named 'The Waxman' was trapped and overrun by two powerful war cogs flying the streamers of the powerful Hanseatic League of North Germany. The ship was carrying a casket containing the 'Carta Mysteriosa', a collection of valuable and detailed maps and sea charts. The rulers of Europe, not to mention their merchant princes, would wade through a sea of blood to obtain them. Three years later Wilhelm Von Paulents, a representative of the Hanseatic League, comes to England. Rumours have it that he owns the sea charts and Sir Hugh Corbett is sent to negotiate with Von Paulents. But the German visitors fall ill of some mysterious ailment and then, on the morning of the fourth Sunday in Advent, Corbett is summoned to a scene of bloody mayhem and murder: Von Paulents, his wife, son and clerk have been barbarously assassinated. The 'Carta Mysteriosa' have not been stolen. So why were the murders committed and by whom? Corbett investigates and, once again, he enters the world of shadows to confront the Seed of Cain.

The Queen of the Night (Ancient Rome Mysteries, Book 3) Murder and suspense in Ancient Rome

The Queen of the Night (Ancient Rome Mysteries, Book 3) Murder and suspense in Ancient Rome

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2006

Rome: August 314 AD, and as the sun's insidious heat beats down, murderous forces lurk in the underbelly of the city. The normally cosseted world of Rome's rich and powerful is rocked by a series of violent abductions, as children of the elite are kidnapped and held for ransom. Meanwhile, veteran soldiers, men who served Constantine along the Great Wall in northern Britain are being barbarously murdered; the indignities inflicted on their corpses reminiscent of the gruesome practices of the Picts whom they fought so many years ago. The Empress Helena summons her secret agent, Claudia, in a bid to resolve these macabre occurrences. But Claudia has problems of her own. The perfectly preserved corpse of a young Christian woman has been disinterred in her uncle's garden and it falls to her to investigate this mystery too. Now she must track her way through a murky tangle of politics, religion and murderous violence, ever aware that the slightest mistake could cost her life.

The Death of the Red King

The Death of the Red King

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2006

The Year of the Cobra (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 3) A thrilling tale of the secrets of the Egyptian pharaohs

The Year of the Cobra (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 3) A thrilling tale of the secrets of the Egyptian pharaohs

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

The young Pharoah Tutankhamun is unwell, but there is no heir apparent. Egypt's enemies, the Hittites, are advancing through Canaan, and Ay - First Minister of Akenhaten, father of Nefertiti, brother of Queen Tiye - still plots, like the spider he is. The web is woven, the traps set...

The Cup of Ghosts (Mathilde of Westminster Trilogy, Book 1) Corruption, intrigue and murder in the court of Edward II

The Cup of Ghosts (Mathilde of Westminster Trilogy, Book 1) Corruption, intrigue and murder in the court of Edward II

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2006

By 1322, Mathilde of Westminster was considered the finest physician in London. But in her years as lady-in-waiting to Princess Isabella, she was drawn into the murky politics of the English court, where sudden, mysterious death was part of the tapestry of life. Many years later, Mathilde looks back and chronicles her turbulent life. With her sharp, suspicious intellect ready to distinguish between a fatality and an unnatural death, Mathilde is confronted by a host of chilling murders. The source of these horrors is the fierce political rivalry between Philip of France and Edward of England. This manifests itself in a series of gruesome killings, one of which actually took place during Edward II's Coronation, when a knight of the Royal Household, Sir John Baquelle was crushed to death.

The Season of the Hyaena (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 2) A twisting novel of intrigue, corruption and secrets

The Season of the Hyaena (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 2) A twisting novel of intrigue, corruption and secrets

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2005

Mahu, former Chief of Police and Keeper of the Secrets of the Heart is sitting down to record his memories. He sees uneasy quiet reigning in the Royal Circle at Thebes, after the disappearance of the Pharaoh Akenhaten and the abandonment of his new, sun-worshipping religion. Members of different factions are barely held together by loyalty to the six-year-old Emperor, Tutankhamun. Then extraordinary news reaches the Council: Akenhaten has returned to Egypt. The words are greeted with dismay by all who hear them, for surely Akenhaten is dead? Mahu can certainly vouch that the woman claiming to be the Emperor's wife, Nefertiti, is a fraud. Whoever the man is who has appeared in the Delta, he must be investigated.

The Assassins of Isis (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 5) A gripping mystery of Ancient Egypt

The Assassins of Isis (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 5) A gripping mystery of Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

Somewhere deep in the desert, the location of Rahimere's tomb has long been kept a closely guarded secret. But now, the Sebaus - a sect taking its name from demons - has plundered and pillaged the sepulchre for its most powerful treasure. The fiery Pharaoh Queen Hatusu must fight to protect the tombs of her kin and tighten her grip on the collar of Egypt. But when Egypt's great military hero, General Suten, is bitten to death by a swarm of venomous vipers, it appears events have spiralled out of her control. Meanwhile, a dark shadow lies across the peaceful Temple of Isis; four of the temple handmaids have vanished without trace. Will Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh's Chief Judge, find that the perpetrators are in league with forces beyond his jurisdiction?

The Magician's Death (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 14) A twisting medieval mystery of intrigue and suspense

The Magician's Death (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 14) A twisting medieval mystery of intrigue and suspense

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2004

The monk and scholar Roger Bacon claimed to have seen many marvels of nature and science and concealed these in a book written in an unbreakable code. Sir Hugh Corbett has been instructed to organise agents in Paris to steal this Book of Secrets. They do so but pay a violent price and the French King Philip IV now wishes a meeting between the scholars of England and France to discuss breaking the code. Edward I has no choice but to allow the meeting to take place at Corfe Castle, which becomes a place of murder and mayhem. Young women from the castle are being slain whilst horrific things are witnessed in the nearby forest. The situation becomes more serious when two of the French scholars die in sinister circumstances. Corbett and Ranulf-atte-Newgate have to thread this maze of malevolent murder whilst trying to decipher the great secrets of one of England's most outstanding scholars.

The House of Shadows

The House of Shadows

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2004

In the late autumn of 1380, Brother Athelstan is busy enough. He and his parish council are preparing for the annual Christmas mystery play when a series of brutal murders occur at a Southwark tavern. Two young whores are found slain but their deaths are only the beginning of a series of gruesome killings which occur around the parish of St Erconwald's. A whole host of mysterious characters assemble to this pageant of murder: the Misericord, master thief and cunning man; the Judas man, a bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws and wolfheads; and finally the Knights of the Golden Falcon who assemble to celebrate their annual reunion. Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranstone have to resolve not only these grisly deaths but also their source - the Great Robbery of the Lombard treasure which occurred in Southwark some twenty years earlier...

An Evil Spirit Out of the West (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 1) A story of ambition, politics and assassination in Ancient Egypt

An Evil Spirit Out of the West (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 1) A story of ambition, politics and assassination in Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2004

Known as the Veiled One, the ugly and deformed Akenhaten is a shadowy figure. As a child he is overlooked and despised by his own father. As an adult he is thrust into the political limelight when his elder brother dies. Mahu, ambitious and ruthless, watches the young prince carve his own path to power. He becomes Akenhaten's alter ego, his protector and confidant, standing by as Akenhaten proclaims that there is only one God, the Aten, and that he, Akenhaten, is that God's only son. Revolution and chaos follow in this dramatic reign filled with fraud, abduction, assassination, betrayal and treachery. But when Mahu becomes suspicious of Akenhaten's majestic and glorious wife Nefertiti, and the political skill of her brother, Ay, it seems that a hidden and malign influence may also be at work. And then Akenhaten disappears...

Murder Imperial (Ancient Rome Mysteries, Book 1) A novel of political intrigue in Ancient Rome

Murder Imperial (Ancient Rome Mysteries, Book 1) A novel of political intrigue in Ancient Rome

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2003

313 AD. Under the rule of Emperor Constantine, Rome finally appears to be emerging from its turbulent past. In order to consolidate his control and under the guidance of his mother Helena, Constantine plans to harness the power of the increasingly influential Christian Church. But his loyalties are brought into question when three courtesans from the Guild of Aphrodite - a guild Constantine himself frequents - are found dead. All three bodies have crosses etched on their foreheads and each cheek. Aiming to protect her son's future, Helena calls upon the service of an 'agente in rebus politicis' - or spy. Claudia is the niece of a tavern-owner and is placed as a wine-server in Constantine's household. But Claudia has secret motives of her own...

The Plague Lord Marco Polo investigates murder and intrigue in the Orient

The Plague Lord Marco Polo investigates murder and intrigue in the Orient

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2003

Thirteenth-century China, and the legendary Kublai Khan rules over Cathay and the Middle Kingdom. Of his many ministers and advisors, his favourite is a foreigner - the Venetian Marco Polo, whose understanding of the language and etiquette of the court is exemplary, and whose advice is widely sought. So when a flood of portents, strange visions and ghastly murders occur throughout the kingdom and even across the oceans, Marco's wisdom is called upon. The leaders of a demonic sect have disappeared from the desert to which they were banished, and Kublai Khan believes that they will attempt to release the Plague Lord himself, and open the gates of Hell...

A Haunt of Murder (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 6) A ghostly tale of love and death in medieval England

A Haunt of Murder (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 6) A ghostly tale of love and death in medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2003

As the sun sets, Chaucer's pilgrims find themselves lost in a Kent forest rumoured to be haunted. Huddled around the fire, trying to ignore the cries of screech owls and other, more frightening sounds of the night, the Clerk of Oxford agrees to tell a ghostly tale of love and death that will chill the blood.

The Hangman's Hymn (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 5) A disturbing and compulsive tale from medieval England

The Hangman's Hymn (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 5) A disturbing and compulsive tale from medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2002

Stumbling upon an execution, Chaucer's pilgrims witness a hanging that leaves the carpenter in a dead faint. That evening, he narrates the tale of a Gloucester hangman whose involvement in the secretive punishment of three witches unleashes a vicious spate of revenge killings.

The Slayers of Seth (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 4) Double murder in Ancient Egypt

The Slayers of Seth (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 4) Double murder in Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2002

Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh's Chief Judge, is already in the middle of a murder case when it seems that there is another grave murder to investigate. One of Egypt's great heroes has been brutally killed and Pharaoh Hatusu herself has decided to intervene. She believes that General Balet's murder is only the beginning and she calls on Judge Amerotke for help. There is more to link the deaths than originally meets the eye - but can Amerotke track down the killer before he strikes again?

Domina Murder and intrigue in Ancient Rome

Domina Murder and intrigue in Ancient Rome

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2002

Agrippina, wife of Claudius, mother of Nero, was a beautiful and talented woman who saw her father murdered, was banished by her brother, and was killed on the orders of her son. Her freed man, a one-eyed former gladiator named Parmenon, tells of Agrippina's battle to survive in and control the depraved and violent Imperial Roman court, and the crumbling relationship between mother and son.

Corpse Candle (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 13) A gripping medieval mystery of monks and murder

Corpse Candle (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 13) A gripping medieval mystery of monks and murder

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2001

The brothers of the abbey of St Martin's-in-the-Marsh pay little heed to the tales of robber baron Sir Geoffrey Mandeville's ghost galloping through the Lincolnshire fens with a retinue of ghastly horseman. They may hear the shrill blast of a hunting horn, or see the corpse candles glowing in the dark, but their comfortable life is protected by a high wall and their powerful abbot. Until Abbot Stephen, a friend of the King, is found dead and Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the King's Seal, arrives to investigate.

The Treason of the Ghosts (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 12) A serial killer stalks the pages of this spellbinding medieval mystery

The Treason of the Ghosts (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 12) A serial killer stalks the pages of this spellbinding medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2001

In the village of Melford, a local lord is executed for a spate of vicious murders. It's not until the killing begins again, and the dead lord's son alleges that a miscarriage of justice has taken place, that a serious investigation begins. Hugh Corbett realises that for the last five years a serial killer has terrorised the villagers and that when, not if, the next victim is chosen, he must be ready to act.

The Anubis Slayings (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 3) Murder, mystery and intrigue in Ancient Egypt

The Anubis Slayings (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 3) Murder, mystery and intrigue in Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2001

Hatusu, the remarkable young widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, has forced Egyptian society to acknowledge her as Pharaoh, and her success in battle is spreading Egypt's glory well beyond its frontiers. In the Temple of Anubis, Hatusu and the defeated King Tushratta of Mitanni are negotiating a peace treaty that will seal her greatest victory. But then two hideous murders in the temple and the theft of the Glory of Anubis threaten the tentative truce, and the respected judge Amerotke must find the perpetrators.

The Field of Blood

The Field of Blood

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2000

After the discovery of three savagely murdered bodies in his parish, Brother Athelstan finds himself involved in the hunt for a dangerous killer. It is clear that two of the victims, a whore and a preacher, surprised an assassin who was then forced to kill them. But who the third victim is, and why someone has gone to so much trouble to kill him, remains a mystery. And can it really have any connection with Sir John Cranston's attempt to save a women unjustly accused of stabbing a clerk?

The Horus Killings (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 2) A captivating murder mystery from Ancient Egypt

The Horus Killings (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 2) A captivating murder mystery from Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2000

After the death of her husband Pharoh Tuthmosis II, Hatusu has confounded her critics by winning a great battle against the Mitanni. Aided by her lover, Senenmut, she is determined that all sections of Egyptian society should accept her as the first Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt - an acceptance that needs the favour and support of the priests. When a spate of killings takes place in the Divine Temple of Horus, the naturally superstitious priests interpret this as a sign of the Gods' disapproval of Hatusu's rule of Egypt. The royal city turns once again to respected judge Amerotke to find the truth.

The Demon Archer (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 11) A twisting medieval murder mystery

The Demon Archer (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 11) A twisting medieval murder mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/1999

The death of Lord Henry Fitzalan on the feast of St Matthew, 1303, is a matter widely reported but little mourned. Infamous for his lecherous tendencies, his midnight trysts with a coven of witches and his boundless self-interest, he was a man of few friends. So when Hugh Corbett is asked to bring his murderer to justice it is not a matter of finding a suspect but of choosing between them. Immediate suspicion falls on Lord Henry's chief verderer, Robert Verlian. His daughter had been the focus of the Lord's roving eye in the weeks before his death and Fitzalan was not a man to take no for an answer. But the culprit could just as easily be Sir William, the dead man's younger brother. It is no secret that Sir William covets the Fitzalan estate, but would he kill to inherit it? For Sir Hugh Corbett the possibilities are endless, but even he could never have imagined the real truth behind the murder...

The Mask of Ra (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 1) A novel of intrigue and murder set in Ancient Egypt

The Mask of Ra (Amerotke Mysteries, Book 1) A novel of intrigue and murder set in Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/1999

His great battles against the sea raiders in the Nile Delta have left Pharoah Tuthmosis II frail, but he finds solace in victory and in the welcome he is sure to receive on his return to Thebes. Across the river from Thebes, however, there are those who do not relish his homecoming, and a group of assassins has taken a witch to pollute the Pharaoh's unfinished tomb. Reunited with his wife, Hatusu, and his people, Tuthmosis stands before the statue of Amun-Ra, the roar of the crowd and the fanfare of trumpets ringing in his ears. But within an hour he is dead and the people of Thebes cannot forget the omen of wounded doves flying overhead. Rumours run rife, speculation sweeps the royal city and Hatusu vows to uncover the truth. With the aid of Amerotke, a respected judge of Thebes, she embarks on a path destined to reveal the great secrets of Egypt.

The Devil's Domain

The Devil's Domain

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/1999

In the summer of 1380 a French captain is murdered in Hawkmere Manor - a lonely, gloomy dwelling place, otherwise known as the 'Devil's Domain', which is used by Regent John of Gaunt to house French prisoners captured during the bloody battles waged between the French and the English on the Narrow Seas. Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan are summoned to investigate the mysterious death but their path is riddled with obstacles. How could the murderer have entered the Frenchman's chamber when the room was locked from within? Their aide, Sir Maurice Maltravers, is more of a hindrance than a help, as he faces the misery of heartbreak. Lady Angelica, the woman he intended to marry, has been whisked away to a convent by her tyrannical and disapproving father. It soon becomes apparent that only when the lovers are reunited will any progress be made in the murder investigation...

The Soul Slayer A terrifying tale of Elizabethan suspense

The Soul Slayer A terrifying tale of Elizabethan suspense

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/1998

In medieval folk lore, if a warlock can take out the heart of his victim before death, and the victim does not die in a state of grace, the warlock can call upon that soul to do his bidding. In 1562, Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne for four years and the Protestant faith has been reaffirmed. In the village of Dunmow, eighteen-year-old Rebecca Lennox is neglected and feared by the other villagers, who regard her as cursed, by both her hare lip and her gift of second sight. Rebecca is constantly attracted to her old parish church, often going to pray there and talk to the statue of St Michael the Archangel. When a young Catholic priest, Michael St Clair, comes into the village in disguise, Rebecca is much taken by him; he is not repelled by her infirmity and his charm and gentleness remind her of her beloved statue. But Michael is not the only stranger who will change Rebecca's quiet life forever.

The Haunting History, murder and the unexplained in a gripping Victorian mystery

The Haunting History, murder and the unexplained in a gripping Victorian mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/1998

In October 1866, Father Oliver Grafield is brought from his parish work for an interview with Archbishop Manning of Westminster. Oliver is a hard-working, committed priest, and he has one gift - that of the exorcism of 'divining spirits'. The Archbishop tells Oliver that Lady Seaton, owner of Candleton Hall in Norfolk, has appealed to the Church for assistance in allaying the terrifying and haunting experiences taking place at the Hall. Father Oliver goes to Candleton and within hours, he and his sister Emma have first-hand experience of the phenomena: pools of blood form on the floor, a woman dressed in black walks the Long Gallery, the sound of knocking, cries in the night and hurried footsteps and, above all, a sense of malevolence which seeps through the house. Painstakingly, Oliver, a natural scholar, delves into the family secrets of the Seatons and finds chilling truths which span four centuries.

Ghostly Murders (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 4) Greed, devilish murder and chilling hauntings in medieval England

Ghostly Murders (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 4) Greed, devilish murder and chilling hauntings in medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/1997

As Chaucer's pilgrims shelter in the ruins of a church, the poor Priest narrates his mysterious tale. Young Philip Trumpington, the new Scawsby parish priest, finds that the old church harbours shocking secrets. Years earlier, some Templars were massacred on the marshes, their attackers led by Romenal, a former Scawsby vicar. Philip discovers the old church is haunted by 'The Watchers' and the villagers are scarred by a terrible curse. An ancient evil must be resolved and reparation made. But the price will be great...

The Assassin's Riddle

The Assassin's Riddle

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/1997

It's the summer of 1380 and the corpse of Edwin Chapler, clerk of the Office of the Green Wax of the Chancery, has been pulled from the Thames: Chapler has drowned, but not before he received a vicious blow to the back of the head. Then Bartholomew Drayton, a usurer and money-lender, is found dead in his strongroom, a crossbow firmly embedded in his chest: a real mystery because the windowless strongroom was locked and barred from the inside. So who killed him? And how? And are the two deaths connected? Sir John Cranston, the Coroner of the City of London, comes to survey the scene. When other clerks are murdered, each with a riddle pinned to his corpse, Cranston enlists the help of his secretarius, Brother Athelstan - and together they must pit their wits against a deadly adversary bent on murder and mayhem.

The Devil's Hunt (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 10) A spellbinding medieval mystery of murder and intrigue

The Devil's Hunt (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 10) A spellbinding medieval mystery of murder and intrigue

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/1997

The golden summer of 1303 and Oxford is plunged into chaos. The severed heads of beggars have been tied by their hair to the trees in woods outside the city. John Copsale, the Regent of Sparrow Hall, has been found dead in his bed and it is being whispered that he was murdered by the mysterious 'Bell Man'. Then the college librarian and activist, Robert Ascham is discovered with a crossbow bolt in his chest. King Edward, hearing of the seething unrest in Oxford, arrives unannounced at Sir Hugh Corbett's country manor, and insists that Corbett go to the city to solve the murderous mysteries. And when the King commands, few can resist even if it means knowingly entering a dangerous and violent world...

A Tournament of Murders (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 3) A bloody tale of duplicity and murder in medieval England

A Tournament of Murders (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 3) A bloody tale of duplicity and murder in medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/1996

Chaucer's pilgrims are sheltering in a friary as they slowly wind their way towards Canterbury. As they settle for the night, away from the darkness outside and the shadowy figures that haunt the lanes and byways of medieval England, the Franklin narrates a mysterious, bloody tale - a true story, he suggests, which not only affects his own life, but the lives of some of his fellow pilgrims... In 1356 the Black Prince has won his resounding victory at Poitiers. However, in that bloody fight, the impoverished knight Gilbert Savage received his death wound. As Gilbert lies dying in a ditch he tells his squire, Richard Greenele, that the story of his parents perishing during the plague is untrue. Richard, if he wishes to uncover what really happened, must travel to Colchester and seek out the lawyer Hugo Coticol who holds a sealed letter telling the truth of Richard's parentage and the dreadful secrets surrounding his father's disgraceful death. This document contains a most macabre confession and Richard finds himself a small step closer to discovering the truth, and compelled to avenge his father's name.

The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion

The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion

Author: Paul Doherty, Don Rathjen, The Exploratorium Teacher Institute Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/1996

Bring the fun of a world-famous science museum into your own classroom or home! THE EXPLORATORIUM SCIENCE SNACKBOOK SERIES Clear, concise, and visual--the best assortment of wonder- filled ideas I have seen. A must-have. --Paul Hewitt, author of Conceptual Physics Almost as much fun as exploring the Exploratorium, which, of course, is a googolplex of fun. --Jearl Walker, author of The Flying Circus of Physics, with Answers Now you can do your own version of 23 Exploratorium experiments on force and motion. All you need is a little curiosity, a few simple materials ...and this book. Each experiment is easy to do, fully illustrated, and loaded with advice, ideas, helpful hints, and electrifying discoveries. Build a pendulum that swings in intriguing patterns. Create a swirling, spiraling tornado of water. Through these and other projects in The Spinning Blackboard, you can learn the science behind the principles of force and motion. Also available in The Exploratorium Science Snackbook Series: The Cheshire Cat and Other Eye-Popping Experiments on How We See the World The Magic Wand and Other Bright Experiments on Light and Color The Cool Hot Rod and Other Electrifying Experiments on Energy and Matter

The House of Crows

The House of Crows

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/1996

In the spring of 1380, the King's own parliament in session at Westminster is debating whether to grant money supplies to the Regent John of Gaunt for his war against the French, and the members of parliament are proving specially stubborn. John of Gaunt orders Cranston to investigate the murders of some of the representatives from Shrewsbury; the assassin is to be caught before parliament levels the finger of suspicion at the Regent and the desired taxes are not granted. Both Sir John and the Dominican priest Brother Athelstan have their own particular problems: the coroner is puzzled by the thief who is stealing cats from the streets and alleyways of Cheapside. Athelstan, on the other hand, is concerned, not only by the disappearance of one of his parishioners but the strident claims of the rest who insist that a devil is prowling the parish of St Erconwald's. Against the colourful pageantry of medieval court life and the dark, foul slums of London Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan pit their wits against a bloody murderer and the assassin in the House of Crows.

Satan's Fire (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 9) A deadly assassin stalks the pages of this medieval mystery

Satan's Fire (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 9) A deadly assassin stalks the pages of this medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/1996

1303 and the Old Man of the Mountain remembers back to when he nearly killed Edward I thirty years before. He now decides to release an imprisoned leper knight to avenge old grievances and take the King's life. A few months later two nuns are returning to their monastery in York, where they are confronted by the horrific sight of a man being consumed by fire, the sickly smell of burning flesh lingering in the air. News of the grisly death greets Edward as he arrives in York for secret negotiations with the leaders of the military Templar Order. His unease deepens when an attempt is made on his life. When the assassin, wearing Templar livery, is found dead - having been engulfed by a mysterious fire - Edward immediately turns to his Keeper of the Secret Seal, Hugh Corbett, to investigate.

A Tapestry of Murders (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 2) Terror and intrigue in medieval England

A Tapestry of Murders (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 2) Terror and intrigue in medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/1994

Chaucer's pilgrims, quarrelling amongst themselves, are now in open countryside enjoying the fresh spring weather as they progress slowly towards Canterbury. A motley collection of travellers, they each have their dark secrets, hidden passions and complex lives. As they shelter in a tavern from a sudden April shower they choose the Man of Law to narrate the next tale of fear and sinister dealings. In August 1358, the Dowager Queen Isabella, mother of King Edward III, the 'She Wolf of France', who betrayed and destroyed her husband because of her adulterous infatuation for Roger Mortimer, lies dying of the pestilence in the sombre fortress of Castle Rising, where her 'loving' son has kept her incarcerated. According the Man of Law, Isabella dies and her body is taken along the Mile End Road and laid to rest in Greyfriars next to the mangled remains of her lover, who has paid dearly for his presumption in loving a queen. Nevertheless, as in life so in death Isabella causes intrigue, violence and murder. Nicholas Chirke, an honest young lawyer, is brought in to investigate the strange events following her death - and quickly finds himself at his wits' end trying to resolve the mysteries before a great scandal unfolds.

By Murder's Bright Light

By Murder's Bright Light

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/1994

It is the winter of 1379 and a sea of trouble is besetting England. French privateers attack the southern coast on a path to threaten London itself. In response an English flotilla of warships, with God's Bright Light in its number, has dropped anchor in the Thames. When the sun rises on their first morning, however, further mysteries are in store. The first mate and two of the crew of God's Bright Light have disappeared without trace. Sir John Cranston, the wine-loving Coroner of the City, and his clerk, the Dominican Monk, Brother Athelstan, are summoned to resolve the mysteries on board the ill-omened warship. In particular, they must search out the truth behind the death of Sir Henry Ospring, who had visited the ship's captain prior to his death only to be viciously stabbed to death in a tavern chamber. Could the events be connected? As Cranston and Brother Athelstan investigate, they find themselves in the thick of a bloody battle on the Thames as scandal, treason and murder rule the day.

The Song of a Dark Angel (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 8) Murder and treachery abound in this gripping medieval mystery

The Song of a Dark Angel (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 8) Murder and treachery abound in this gripping medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/1994

November 1302, and Sir Hugh Corbett, Edward I's Keeper of the Secret Seal, together with his manservant, Ranulf, and messenger, Maltote, are sent to Mortlake Manor on the Norfolk coast to confront an evil rarely seen before. A man's headless corpse, its head impaled on a pole, has been found on a beach and the pretty young wife of a local baker is discovered hanging from a gallows. The scene is set for more gruesome deaths and Corbett soon realises that the icy wastes of Norfolk, where the eerie song of the Dark Angel wind chills those that live in the small villages along the coast, are just as treacherous as the silken intrigue at the royal court or the violence of London's fetid alleyways...

An Ancient Evil (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 1) Disturbing and macabre events in medieval England

An Ancient Evil (Canterbury Tales Mysteries, Book 1) Disturbing and macabre events in medieval England

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/1994

As the travellers gather in the Tabard Inn at the start of a pilgrimage to pray before the blessed bones of St Thomas a Becket in Canterbury, they agree eagerly to mine host Harry's suggestion of amusing themselves on each day of their journey with one tale and each evening with another - but the latter to be of mystery, terror and murder. The Knight begins that evening: his tale opens with the destruction of a sinister cult at its stronghold in the wilds of Oxfordshire by Sir Hugo Mortimer during the reign of William the Conqueror, and then moves to Oxford some two hundred years later where strange crimes and terrible murders are being committed. The authorities seem powerless but Lady Constance, Abbess of the Convent of St Anne's, believes the murders are connected with the legends of the cult and she petitions the King for help. As the murders continue unabated, special commissioner Sir Godfrey Evesden and royal clerk Alexander McBain uncover clues that lead to a macabre world sect, which worships the dark lord. But they can find no solution to a series of increasingly baffling questions and matters are not helped by the growing rift between Sir Godfrey and McBain for the hand and favour of the fair Lady Emily.

The Anger of God

The Anger of God

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/1994

In autumn 1379, the power of the crown is invested in John of Gaunt, and the kingdom is seething with discontent. The French are attacking the southern ports and peasants are planning a revolt organised by a mysterious leader who proclaims himself 'IRA DEI', the anger of God. In London, Gaunt's plans are plunged into chaos by a series of bloody murders. In desperation, Gaunt turns to Sir John Cranston to catch the assassin and recover a vanished king's ransom in gold. Cranston naturally calls on his ally, Brother Athelstan. They face threats and attack from the powerful as well as from the seedy underworld of medieval London, not to mention a chilling exorcism, as they try to bring order to their own lives and a subtle murderer to justice.

The Assassin in the Greenwood (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 7) A medieval mystery of intrigue, murder and treachery

The Assassin in the Greenwood (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 7) A medieval mystery of intrigue, murder and treachery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/1994

In the summer of 1302 the famous Robin of Locksley, popularly known as Robin Hood, has gone back to his outlaw ways in Sherwood Forest where he battles against royal authority, culminating in the barborous massacre of royal tax collectors and the mysterious murder of Sir Eustace Vechey, one of the sheriffs of Nottingham. Corbett and his two faithful servants Ranulf and Maltote are sent to Nottingham where they find fresh mysteries: why are three arrows shot into the air above Nottingham Castle on the 13th of every month? Who is the traitor in Nottingham Castle? And why have the French despatched an agent to assassinate Corbett?

Murder Wears a Cowl (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 6) A gripping medieval mystery of murder and religion

Murder Wears a Cowl (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 6) A gripping medieval mystery of murder and religion

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1993

In early 1302 a violent serial killer lurks in the city of London, slitting the throats of prostitutes.And when Lady Somerville, one of the Sisters of St Martha, is murdered in the same barbaric fashion, her death is closely followed by that of Father Benedict in suspicious circumstances. Edward of England turns to his trusted master clerk, Hugh Corbett, to reveal the identity of the bloodthirsty assassin. Joining Corbett on his mission are his devious manservant Ranulf and his faithful horseman Maltote. In the dark, fetid streets of the city and in the desolate abbey grounds, they encounter danger and deceit at every turn. Only Ragwort, the mad beggar, has seen the killer strike, and the one clue that Corbett has to help him is Lady Somerville's cryptic message: 'Calcullus non facit monachum ' - the cowl does not make the monk.

Murder Most Holy

Murder Most Holy

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/1993

In the early summer of 1379 in London, Sir John Cranston, Coroner of the city, is trapped into a wager with Signior Gian Galeazzo, Lord of Cremona, who challenges him to resolve a certain murder mystery within two weeks. Men have been found dead in the scarlet chamber of one of Cremona's manors. They have no mark upon them; they have neither drunk nor eaten poison; there are no secret passageways or entrances to the room. And they all have awful expressions of terror upon their faces. Realising that his reputation and future wealth now rest upon the solving of this mystery, Cranston seeks the help of his faithful secretarius Brother Athelstan.

The Poisoned Chalice (Tudor Mysteries, Book 2) Secrets, espionage and double agents in this gripping Tudor mystery

The Poisoned Chalice (Tudor Mysteries, Book 2) Secrets, espionage and double agents in this gripping Tudor mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/1993

In 1521, England is at peace under the magnificent Cardinal Wolsey, who rules the country while Henry VIII spends his time in masques, banquets and hunting, whether it be the fleet-footed deer or the even more delicious quarry of the silken-garbed ladies of the court. But Richard Falconer, chief secretary of the English embassy in Paris, has been found mysteriously murdered. Wolsey believes that Falconer's death is connected with the disturbing news that there is a spy in the English court, or in its embassy in Paris, passing information to King Francis I of France. He summons his nephew, Benjamin Daunbey, and the wayward Roger Shallot to investigate. The only clue is the spy's code name, 'Raphael'. King Henry has secret instructions of his own before the pair journey to Paris: to retrieve a precious ring, the subject of a wager, and a certain book that the King does not want to fall into enemy hands. They are not to return to England without them. This novel was previously published under the pseudonym Michael Clynes.

The Prince of Darkness (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 5) A gripping medieval mystery of intrigue and espionage

The Prince of Darkness (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 5) A gripping medieval mystery of intrigue and espionage

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/1992

It is 1301 and a fragile peace exists between Edward of England and Philip IV of France. In the fetid alleys and slums of London and Paris it is a different matter. Here the secret agents of both countries still fight their own, silent, deadly battles. The Prince of Wales wallows in luxury under the sinister influence of his favourite, Gaveston, who has secret political ambitions to dominate the young prince and the English crown. These scandals are threatened with exposure when Lady Belmont, the prince's former mistress, is found dead, her neck broken, at the foot of a nunnery's steps. Was it suicide? An accident? Or malicious murder? Edward turns to his master spy, Hugh Corbett, to solve the mystery. In doing so, Corbett must face the deadly rivalry of his French counterpart, the murderous rage of Gaveston and the silent threats of assassins. He must also contend with the lies and silken deceits of his own master.

House of the Red Slayer

House of the Red Slayer

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/1992

In December 1377 a great frost has the city in its icy grip; even the Thames is frozen from bank to bank. Murder, revenge and treachery also make their presence felt. The Constable of the Tower of London, Sir Ralph Whitton, is found murdered in a cold bleak chamber in the North Bastion. The door is still locked from the inside and guarded by trusted retainers - so how did the assassins slip across a frozen moat and climb the sheer wall to commit such a dreadful crime? Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, the wine-loving coroner of the city of London, are appointed to investigate these mysteries. They soon discover Sir Ralph's murder is only the first in a series of macabre killings which have their roots in a terrible act of betrayal committed many years previously.

The Nightingale Gallery

The Nightingale Gallery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/1992

In 1376, the famed Black Prince died of a terrible rotting sickness, closely followed by his father, King Edward III. The crown of England is left in the hands of a mere boy, the future Richard II, and the great nobles gather like hungry wolves round the empty throne. A terrible power struggle threatens the country, and one of London's powerful merchant princes is foully murdered within a few days of the old king's death. Coroner Sir John Cranston and Dominican monk Brother Athelstan are ordered to investigate. As others associated with Springall are found dead, Cranston and Athelstan are drawn ever deeper into a dark web of intrigue...

The Angel of Death (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 4) Murder and intrigue from the heart of the medieval court

The Angel of Death (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 4) Murder and intrigue from the heart of the medieval court

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/1991

In 1298, Edward I of England invaded Scotland and brutally sacked the town of Berwick, razing to the ground the Red House of the Flemings who had permission to trade there. He little knew his action would have far-reaching repercussions. A year later, Edward convokes a great assembly of the realm in St Paul's Cathedral. They are to hear Mass after which the main celebrant, Walter de Montfort, has been delegated to lecture the King on not taxing the Church. During the Mass, de Montfort dies a sudden and violent death. Hugh Corbett, the King's clerk, is given the task of solving the mystery and tracking down the murderer. Against the background of Edward's struggle to maintain himself, both at home and aborad, Corbett's investigations become tortuous and laced with danger...

Spy in Chancery (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 3) Intrigue and treachery in a thrilling medieval mystery

Spy in Chancery (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 3) Intrigue and treachery in a thrilling medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/1991

Edward I of England and Philip IV of France are at war. Philip, by devious means, has managed to seize control of the English duchy of Aquitaine in France, and is now determined to crush Edward. King Edward suspects that his enemy is being aided by a spy in the English court and commissions his chancery clerk, Hugh Corbett, to trace and, if possible, destroy the traitor. Corbett's mission brings him into danger on both land and at sea, and takes him to Paris, and its dangerous underworld, and then to hostile Wales. Unwillingly he is drawn into the murky undercurrents of international politics in the last decade of the thirteenth century.

Crown in Darkness (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 2) A gripping medieval mystery of the Scottish court

Crown in Darkness (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 2) A gripping medieval mystery of the Scottish court

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/1991

1286 and on a storm-ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande. He never reaches his final destination as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them both crashing to their death on cruel rocks. The Scottish throne is left vacant of any real heir and immediately the great European princes and the powerful nobles of Alexander's kingdom start fighting for the glittering prize. The Chancellor of England, Burnell, ever mindful of the interest his king, Edward I, has in Scotland, sends his faithful clerk, Hugh Corbett, to report on the chaotic situation at the Scottish court. Concerned that a connection exists between the king's death and those now desirous of taking the Scottish throne, Corbett is drawn into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy and danger.

Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 1) A thrilling medieval mystery

Satan in St Mary's (Hugh Corbett Mysteries, Book 1) A thrilling medieval mystery

Author: Paul Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/1990

1284 and Edward I is battling a traitorous movement founded by the late Simon de Montfort, the rebel who lost his life at the Battle of Evesham in 1258. The Pentangle, the movement's underground society whose members are known to practice the black arts, is thought to be behind the apparent suicide of Lawrence Duket, one of the King's loyal subjects, in revenge for Duket's murder of one of their supporters. The King, deeply suspicious of the affair, orders his wily Chancellor, Burnell, to look into the matter. Burnell chooses a sharp and clever clerk from the Court of King's Bench, Hugh Corbett, to conduct the investigation. Corbett - together with his manservant, Ranulf, late of Newgate - is swiftly drawn into the tangled politics and dark and dangerous underworld of medieval London.

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