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Candace Robb
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3 Oct 2002 Owen Archer Mysteries 08

England 1371: a solemn convoy wends its way into York. William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, is bringing home the remains of Sir Ranulf Pagnell, patriarch of a powerful local family, who has died in France. But the family hold the bishop responsible for Sir Ranulf's death, and ill feeling surrounds his arrival. An accident in the grounds of York Minster nearly kills the bishop.

Then, only a few days after, his townhouse is found ablaze. When the body of a young woman is discovered in the undercroft of the house, scandal threatens to destroy Wykeham. The Archbishop of York, John Thoresby, asks Owen Archer for his help.

The one-eyed spy is troubled. Was the fire an accident or arson? Was the woman trapped or the fire started to conceal a corpse? Stationing guards in front of the smouldering remains, he starts to ask questions. When it appears the dead woman was a midwife known to many of the city's women, including Lucie, Owen's wife, his quest becomes personal.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099278308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099278306
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The eighth novel in the highly acclaimed series of medieval mysteries featuring the one-eyed spy Owen Archer

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Owen Archer mystery 8 Jan 2003
The Cross Legged Knight is the latest Owen Archer mystery and did not disappoint. The plot revolves around a family who have lost a husband/father in custody in France and the Bishop who was supposed to be negotiating his release, and is full of intrigue and well as having many twists to the story.
Candace Robb brings her characters to life with such an intensity that you come to know them as well as your own friends and really care what happens to them, as well as bringing to life vividly the medieval world they live in so well that you can really imagine being there and experiencing how they lived their lives.
On top of that she is an excellent storyteller, from the very start you are caught up in the world of Owen Archer and his friends, family and enemies and once started it is very difficult to put the book down until you reach the end, and then you want more.
As well as telling a good story, Robb incorporates actual historical facts into the books, so the reader will always go away knowing a lot more about the medieval period and how people lived and earned their livings, as well as including an explanation at the end of any details she feels you may need more information on.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime and mystery stories, particularly when set in another era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Well Researched 13 May 2007
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As I only live 20 miles from York where most of these books are set, I can perhaps visualise better than most the area of England the books take place in. Many of the streets of York mentioned in the books are still there and of the course so is the Minster.

Owen Archer the lead character in the book is a Welsh longbow man who works for a high church dignitary and spends some of his spare time helping in his wife's apothecary shop. He is called upon by William of Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester, to help him with a serious problem. I myself am interested in this period of English history and the author's authenticity cannot be questioned and her excellent story telling is spellbinding. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars cons books 14 Mar 2014
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I chose this rating as I really enjoy historical fiction and Candace Robb is very good at reminding the reader what it was like then
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super well-researched historical novel 21 Feb 2013
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I am a great fan of good, well researched, historical novels. These novels have a sinuous plot and contain much information about life in those appalling times of the Hundred Years War. I would unhesitatingly recommend all the Owen Archer archer series to anyone whose early interest in history was stifled by bad teaching
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Medieval Mystery 11 Feb 2013
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well written with lovely historical references of a place I know well. You get to admire Owen Archer. You love his wife and family and want to know what happens next.
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