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Falconer's Judgement

Falconer's Judgement [Kindle Edition]

Ian Morson
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In 1261, England's King Henry III faces nobles and commoners disaffected with his foreign advisers, while factions in Europe vie for control of the papacy as Alexander IV lies dying in Rome. Into this turbulent stew falls William Falconer, Regent Master of the University of Oxford , who attempts to save some students accused of killing Sinibaldo, master of cooks and brother of the much-unloved Bishop Otho, Papal Legate to England and a candidate for the Holy See. After the chief suspect is murdered, Falconer applies Aristotle's deductive logic, to sift though ecclesiastic and worldly plots.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Ostara Publishing (17 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069CI5AK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid second outing for Falconer 6 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This second mystery for William Falconer,Regent Master at Oxford University actually pre-dates the first 'Falconer's Crusade' by 3 years. It is 1271 and the dying pope's legate is in England trying to enlist the support of King Henry.The legate's head cook, who is also his brother, is murdered and a group of protesting students take the blame. However Falconer is convinced that the plot goes deeper... Perhaps not quite as riveting as the first book, 'Judgement' is nevertheless a worthy read. Packed with period detail andd engaging characters it guarantees entertainment for those with a passion for historical mystery. The plot is convoluted and interesting with a nice line in 'double red herrings' and Falconer himself continues to be engaging central character.I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crime in 13th Century Oxford 23 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of a spate of novels about detection in the 13th Century. Quite readable and gives a clear impression of conditions at that time. The plot is rather difficult to follow. THere are better authors writing on similar themes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Falconers Judgement 8 April 2013
By Al - Published on
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I've enjoyed all of the Falconer books I have read so far, and this is no exception. Painless purchasing experience and a very good read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! 8 July 2009
By Sharon H. Shearouse - Published on
I'm a fan of Medieval Mysteries & Ian Morson is one of my favorite mystery authors of this genre. His books are usually set in Oxford University & it's environs. His character, Regent Master William Falconer, is a progressive (modern for the time) teacher and amateur detective & as a result of this has a lot of trouble with his church, his fellows & the other Masters & Regents at Oxford. Falconer is a medieval Sherlock Holmes...or so it seems to me.
In this book(second in the series)Pope Alexander is dying, the brother of one of his likely successors is killed by an arrow. At the same time students in Oxford are rioting (thus some of the confusion in the book). Many believe it's one of these students who killed the victim, but Falconer wonders...?
There are a lot of characters & you have to go back & forth, but I liked this as that's the way real life is.
It's not one of his best, but still a good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 14 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a fan of medieval mysteries, but found this one very disappointing. The tale is told through brief glimpses of the activities of a number of characters, none well developed. By the middle of the book I still didn't know who everyone was, and I didn't care. I left the book unfinished. Stick with Ellis Peters, Candace Robb, and Margaret Frazer for GOOD stories in the genre.
4.0 out of 5 stars "An Interesting Medieval Mystery in 13th Century Oxford" 20 Oct 2012
By Carl E. Ahlm - Published on
If you enjoy a good old medieval mystery, then "Falconer's Judgement" (Falconer #2) by Ian Morson could be for you. I picked up the book after reading the fly jacket, and I have enjoyed every minute following Regent Master William Falconer solve the mystery. Although it starts off slowly and the names can initially be a bit confusing, the plot moves along at a slowly increasing pace making the book a relatively quick read. Morson does a very good job at capturing to atmosphere as I would imagine medieval Oxford, England would be. The characters are believable and developed nicely; the story line is cleverly crafted and well thought out.

The mystery is set in thirteenth-century Oxford; it is 1264 and Pope Alexander lies dying. Our protagonist, Regent Master Falconer, serves as a monk, a lecturer and teacher, an Aristotelian philosopher, and amateur sleuth. Sadly, as the Pope lies dying, the cardinals begin to position themselves for power in attempt to become the next pope. Meanwhile, back in England, a sinister murderer develops a dark and deadly scheme. The power struggle within the church hierarchy turns lethal in Oxford, when Cardinal Otho's (the Papal Legate) brother is killed by an assassin's arrow; the blame quickly falls upon a group of rioting students. Now Falconer must solve the mystery and find the murderer in order to save their lives, while sinister forces work against him. I will certainly seek out another adventure of Master Falconer soon; I guess perhaps I should try the first book?
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