"'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"
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From the Author
Amusement at the review and a "defense" of the book
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.