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  • Mass Market Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S. (Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425148998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425148990
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'History fans will relish every minute.' Publisher's Weekly 'Exquisitely woven.' The Cleveland Plain Dealer 'Executes her exercise...with audacity and ingenuity.' Kirkus Review 'A good mystery...excellently drawn.' Anne Perry" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Since the general thrust of the Dame Frevisse series is a seeking to deal with medieval England from a medieval viewpoint, rather than the too-frequent romanticism of 20th century views, those many interesting things the reader/reviewer didn't find were probably missing for very good reasons. Besides, all the stories in the series are told from only two points of view: Dame Frevisse's and the title character's. In this case the latter is a very young boy who is having trouble understanding why his world has fallen apart (his mother Queen Catherine's illicit marriage has been discovered) and only gradually begins to realize that someone is trying to kill him and his brother, while Dame Frevisse, realizing this all too well, tries to keep them alive. And oddly enough, I always thought saving the resolution of the mystery to the end was how it was supposed to work.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 14 Aug 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
England in the summer of 1436. The King's mother Katherine of Valois, send her two little sons Edmund and Jasper (aged six and five) to safety in Wales from evil and ambitious men who want them out of the way. They are waylaid by thugs and must take refuge. with five members of their household, in St Fridewides Abby, where they are put under Dame Frevisse's protection, as Dame Frevisse is unable to turn away children. They become friends with a charge of the abbey of their own age, the Lady Adela. A series of mishaps followed by two murders leads Dame Frevisse to suspect evil is afoot in the Abbey and someone has infiltrated the sanctuary to try to harm the young princes. Another medieval murder mystery unravels. English history aficionados will find it of interest that the older of the two boys is Edmund Tudor, who will sire Henry VII, and therefore be an ancestor to all subsequent English monarchs. The author does well in capturing the sights, sounds, smells and culture of 15th century England.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Neale on 5 Aug 2011
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Two small boys find refuge in the care of the nuns of St Frideswide's while their parents' clandestine marriage threatens to cause a major political scandal if it becomes publicly know. The problem of coping with two mischievous lads is more than enough for the good ladies to worry about, but soon it becomes apparent that someone is trying to murder the youngsters.
Dame Frevisse sets herself the task of tracking down the would-be murderer before he succeeds in his grisly task. Luckily she discovers the villain in the end and the elder of the two boys , yound Edmund Tudor, grows up to become the grandfather of Henry the Eighth.
MMargaret Frazer writes with humour and sympathy and with a keen eye for historical detail. Fifteenth century England comes to life as she writes. Her characters with all their faults and foibles are throroughly believable and she blends her fictional and real historical characters characters with convincing ease. The plot keeps you guessing to the very last page.
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This is a very good book. The reason I stopped at 4 stars is simply because I keep a 5 for exceptional books. The writing is good, as is the plot.
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By Curious66 on 5 Nov 2013
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The fourth in the series and each gets better. Highly recommended. Every book brings a little more understanding of the people and lives of this medieval period without bludgoning you unnecessary detail that might distract from what are very good stories.
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