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Spy in Chancery (Hugh Corbett Mysteries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Doherty
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. And the spy will stop at nothing, not even murder, to keep his identity secret. The third novel in Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett series.

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The third brilliant novel in the acclaimed Hugh Corbett series.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1318 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZRC2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Case for Corbett 17 Oct. 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the third book in the series of medieval mysteries featuring Sir Hugh Corbett. Obviously this is one of Paul Doherty's earlier offerings and he has since written many more books and is now an established author of medieval novels and has also added a number of novels on Egypt to his ever growing list of titles. Having said that it is one of his earlier offerings does not mean that it is inferior to his current books, quite the opposite. The Hugh Corbett mysteries were and are extremely popular and Paul Doherty is still adding to them.

Paul Doherty has the happy knack of making anything her writes about come to life for the reader. This book based on treason in the English and French courts is no exception. The sights and sounds of medieval England seem vividly real in this entertaining novel.

Edward I every the wary monarch suspects that his No. 1 enemy Philip IV of Spain has an ear at the English Court, in other words he has a spy ensconced at Edward's very door.. Hugh Corbett is commissioned to find and destroy the man or woman who is passing secrets to Spain. But this is no ordinary spy and rather than lose faith with the Spanish King, they will stop at nothing to ensure their anonymity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Escape! 29 Oct. 2007
One thing Doherty does well- very well in fact- is create and play with atmosphere. The characters may be a little wooden, themselves like mediaeval icons, the language may repeat at times, but the picture created is very dramatic and powerful and thoroughly engaging. It is very much the case that the journey is as enjoyable if not more so than the destination: there were times when you can almost step into remote welsh castles or chanceries in london- wherever Doherty in fact feels like taking you! And he does so convincingly. Add to that the myriad possibilities and subtleties of what is effectively a mediaeval underworld and the result is amazing. A dark and engaging jaunt through a strange, vividly realised, and fey world. Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy in Chancery 24 April 2014
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I am an avid fan of Paul Docherty and especially of the Hugh Corbett series.
Having read all of them to date, I have loved them all.
This one is up to Dohertys high standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! 6 May 2014
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Very good stories thatkeep you guessing until the final "reveal". Believable characters & wonderful medieval setting makes them all a very entertaining read.
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Paul Dohery is a brilliant researcher. His writings of Mediaeval England bring the pages to life. Real People, real events. A joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Corbett does it again! 13 Oct. 2013
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Always a cracking story - good fun - sights and sounds of ye olde england very well described!!! Glad I didn't live then!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another one for the collection! 6 July 2013
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I am very fond of this author and his books so was delighted to find a new one to add to my growing collection.
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