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The King's Bishop (Owen Archer Mystery) [Paperback]

Candace Robb
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28 May 1996 Owen Archer Mystery
Owen finds himself working on the king's behalf to promote Wykeham as Bishop of Winchester. He places his old comrade Ned in charge of the fellow company to Rievaulx, hoping to dispel rumours of Ned's involvement in a mysterious death. But days later, the murders and intrigue begins.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (28 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074931981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749319816
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Robb presents another Archer winner! 2 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Three times previously, Owen Archer has come to the aid--even rescue--of King Edward IV as well as the Archbishop of York and in this fourth adventure, Candace Robb has woven another medieval murder mystery spell that will absorb you until the very end!
In "The King's Bishop," Owen, the former soldier and now one-eyed spy for Archbishop Robert Thoresby of York, finds himself embroiled in one of history's more in- triguing plots. King Edward wants to nominate a favorite as a bishop, from when he could then be in line to be named chancellor of England. But Pope Urban sees it differently, and thus the power struggle begins. This story is one of intricately-patterned designs, based upon historical fact. Author Robb, however, tosses in the fictional interests and we are off and running.
A young page is found dead at Windsor and Ned Townley, one of Archer's friends, is accused of murder. Alas, the king's mistress Alice Perrers provides him with an alibi, but the suspicion, of course, remains. Ned is assigned to accompany the king's delegation heading north of confer with a local Cistercian abbey to enlist their support of his bishop's nomination. This removes Ned from the scene, but not without complications. Shortly after he leaves, his betrothed (and lady in waiting to Mistress Perrers) is found drowned in the Thames. And as Ned and his group near the abbey, a priest is murdered. Ned is in big trouble. In addition, a priest is also found murdered. All three deaths are, of course, inter-connected.
Having a friend like Owen Archer counts for something and during the course of this work, Archer is determined to exonerate his friend, even though much evidence implicates Ned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King's Bishop Pawns His Knights! 3 Aug 2004
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Three times previously, Owen Archer has come to the aid--even rescue--of
King Edward IV as well as the Archbishop of York and in this fourth adventure,
Candace
Robb has woven another medieval murder mystery spell that will absorb you until
the
very end!
In "The King's Bishop," Owen, the former soldier and now one-eyed spy for
Archbishop Robert Thoresby of York, finds himself embroiled in one of history's
more in-
triguing plots. King Edward wants to nominate a favorite as a bishop, from when
he could
then be in line to be named chancellor of England. But Pope Urban sees it
differently, and thus the power struggle begins. This story is one of
intricately-patterned designs, based upon historical fact. Author Robb, however,
tosses in the fictional interests and we are off and running.
A young page is found dead at Windsor and Ned Townley, one of Archer's
friends, is accused of murder. Alas, the king's mistress Alice Perrers provides him
with an alibi, but the suspicion, of course, remains. Ned is assigned to accompany
the king's delegation heading north of confer with a local Cistercian abbey to enlist
their support of his bishop's nomination. This removes Ned from the scene, but not
without complications. Shortly after he leaves, his betrothed (and lady in waiting to
Mistress Perrers) is found drowned in the Thames. And as Ned and his group near
the abbey, a priest is murdered. Ned is in big trouble. In addition, a priest is also
found murdered. All three deaths are, of course,
inter-connected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Book in an Excellent Series 10 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently spending time in Scotland and York to research her books.

York is very close to my own home and many of the places mentioned in the Owen Archer books are still there to be seen and of course Archbishop John Thorseby is mentioned in the records of York Minster. All this adds spice for me and helps me to picture the time and events that took place. This is the fourth novel in what is proving to be a captivating series.

Owen Archer, the one-eyed former captain of a company of Welsh archers finds himself working on behalf of the king, to promote Wykeham as the new Bishop of Winchester. Owen places his old comrade Ned in charge of a company travelling to Rievaulx Abbey, north of the city of York. By doing this he hopes to dispel the rumours of Ned's involvement in a mysterious death. But is his plan about to back fire on him as days later, the murders and intrigue begin . . .
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King's Bishop Pawns His Knights! 2 Aug 2000
By Billy J. Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Three times previously, Owen Archer has come to the aid--even rescue--of King Edward IV as well as the Archbishop of York and in this fourth adventure, Candace Robb has woven another medieval murder mystery spell that will absorb you until the very end!
In "The King's Bishop," Owen, the former soldier and now one-eyed spy for Archbishop Robert Thoresby of York, finds himself embroiled in one of history's more in- triguing plots. King Edward wants to nominate a favorite as a bishop, from when he could then be in line to be named chancellor of England. But Pope Urban sees it differently, and thus the power struggle begins. This story is one of intricately-patterned designs, based upon historical fact. Author Robb, however, tosses in the fictional interests and we are off and running.
A young page is found dead at Windsor and Ned Townley, one of Archer's friends, is accused of murder. Alas, the king's mistress Alice Perrers provides him with an alibi, but the suspicion, of course, remains. Ned is assigned to accompany the king's delegation heading north of confer with a local Cistercian abbey to enlist their support of his bishop's nomination. This removes Ned from the scene, but not without complications. Shortly after he leaves, his betrothed (and lady in waiting to Mistress Perrers) is found drowned in the Thames. And as Ned and his group near the abbey, a priest is murdered. Ned is in big trouble. In addition, a priest is also found murdered. All three deaths are, of course, inter-connected.
Having a friend like Owen Archer counts for something and during the course of this work, Archer is determined to exonerate his friend, even though much evidence implicates Ned. Archer is married to Lucy Wilton, noted York apothicary, and Robb uses this scenario well to her advantage. Lucy is level-headed, calm, logical--in short, the very counter ego of Archer. It is their relationship that provides much of the human
interest in this series, as well. Robb draws heavily on historical perspective, yet has an eye on what should have been in terms of the place of women in medieval society. There is a lesson here.
The novel moves well and readers who appreciate historical ventures will find this one to their tastes. Robb's works show much research (she provides annotation at the end of the book) and she concentrates more on the personalities of her characters that attempting to condemn or condone what historically was. She also does a good job of capturing the Yorkshire countryside, its manners and atmosphere.
Other good news is that Robb continues her series--there is a fifth Owen Archer! It is easy to compare her to other medieval fiction writers, but she, indeed, has a flair of her own. Her works are well worth what effort it may take!
(Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive 6 May 2003
By Atheen M. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started reading Candace Robb's Owen Archer series at the suggestion of one of my patients, beginning with her favorite The Cross Legged Knight. I was immediately entranced. The King's Bishop was my second visit to 14th Century York and the home of Lucie Wilton and Owen Archer. I was not disappointed.
Ms Robb is an historian just shy of her PhD and specializes in Medieval History. She is also a consummate storyteller. Her characters are multidimensional; their actions are plausible; and their setting is believable. As a mystery writer, she excels in complex motives. In the Cross Legged Knight, she was able to pull a Collin Dexter out of the hat by producing two possible endings. In The King's Bishop she is able to recreate the ambiance of court intrigue and the murders that arise when ambition is the ultimate measure of an individual and where everything rests on the success of plot and counter plot.
One of the things that took me a while to get used to was the ending to these tales. Not everything comes out happily ever after. The sleuth is not always able to denounce the villain at the end as one is accustomed to reading in stories of this sort. What the ending is, however, is very realistic. Even in modern times, the guilty are not always punished according to the dictates one would expect of "justice;" even justice itself is designed to support the class structure. It is precisely for this reason that we usually enjoy murder mysteries: the guilty are brought to justice, their crimes are made manifest to society, and they are punished accordingly. In Owen Archer mysteries, the guilty sometimes get away with their miserable acts just as they do in our own times.
The stories are wonderfully detailed with respect to historical accuracy, yet they do not overwhelm the reader. Ms Robb is not a pedant. She seeks to create a venue for the actions of her characters without making the reader feel as though there is a test at the end of the story! Most of the unfamiliar terms are understandable from context, although she does supply a glossary for those of us who like to have more information. She also includes a small bibliography and a short history of the period and the characters. And yes, many of the characters were real people from history. These short texts are generally at the end of the book so one needn't feel obligated to read them, but I've taken to reading them first. I enjoy a little background material before I get into the meat of the work.
Very impressive. I would recommend the book to anyone from advanced junior high to adult readers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for History Fans! 20 Jan 2001
By "piratekisses" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must admit that I started the Owen Archer series in mid-stream and was immediately hooked! I hunted down the first three books and set about devouring them over the Christmas holidays. The King's Bishop, book 3 in the series, struck a chord with me. Ned Townley has lost his lady love and is driven fairly mad. Candace keeps you wondering through out the book as to whether or not Ned was capable of killing the young page he thought was flirting with his beloved Mary. And did he kill those he felt were responsible for her death? Ned leads Owen on quite the chase as Owen searches for the truth. As the body count grows, so do the suspicions that Ned is the murderer. Even Owen doubts his close friend. True to form, Ms. Robb keeps you going until the end when Owen returns to his soulmate, Lucie. Defintely two very enthusiastic thumbs up and five very well deserved stars!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! Another winner in the Owen Archer series! 4 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The fourth book in the series does not disappoint. It has an intriguing story line with one of Owen's friends falling and love, and murder ensuing...
My favorite is still no. 2, The Lady Chapel, with Nun's Tale and this one right close behind.
I cannot say enough about how well the author Candace Robb writes these characters. I am not only interested in the plot and mystery of each book, but also the continuation of the lives of Owen, Lucia, Thoresby, Sir Robert, Jasper, Brother Michaelo, Riverwoman, the kids and even Lucie's Aunt.
I am now reading A Gift of Sanctuary, having just finished the Riddle of St. Leonards. These books are delicious reads truly.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 11 Dec 2001
By Deangela S. Chastain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed all of her books. If you like historical fiction that is light reading but entertaining this is the book you want.
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