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The Canterbury Tales By Night Omnibus [Kindle Edition]

Paul Doherty
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AN ANCIENT EVIL: As the travellers gather at the start of a pilgrimage to Canterbury, they agree to amuse themselves on their journey with evening tales of mystery, terror and murder. So begins the Knight's tale. It opens with the destruction of a sinister cult during the reign of William the Conqueror, and then moves to Oxford some two hundred years later where terrible murders are being committed. The Abbess of the Convent of St Anne's, believes the murders are connected with the legends of the cult and petitions the King for help... A TAPESTRY OF MURDERS: As Chaucer's pilgrims continue towards Canterbury, they choose the Man of Law to narrate the next tale of fear and sinister dealings. In August 1358, the adulterous Dowager Queen Isabella, the 'She Wolf of France', lies dying of the pestilence in the sombre fortress of Castle Rising, where her 'loving' son has kept her incarcerated. But as in life so in death Isabella causes intrigue, violence and murder. Nicholas Chirke, an honest young lawyer, is brought in to investigate strange events following her death - and quickly finds himself at his wits' end trying to resolve the mysteries before a great scandal unfolds. A TOURNAMENT OF MURDERS: While Chaucer's pilgrims settle for the night, the Franklin narrates a mysterious, bloody tale... In 1356 the Black Prince has won his resounding victory at Poitiers. As impoverished knight Gilbert Savage lies dying in the wake of the fight he tells his squire, Richard Greenele, that the story of his parents perishing during the plague is untrue. Richard, if he wishes to uncover what really happened, must travel to Colchester and seek out a sealed letter telling the truth of his parentage, and a most macabre confession that will set him on a mission for revenge from which there is no turning back...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3794 KB
  • Print Length: 521 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLBWQY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Dr. Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-East England) in 1946. After A-levels, he went to Ushaw College in Durham for three years to study for the Catholic priesthood. In 1967, he was admitted to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. While there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul worked in Ascot, Newark and Crawley, before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School, Woodford Green, Essex, in September 1981. Trinity is a large comprehensive (1700 on roll) which teaches the full ability range, ages 11-18. The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K. and has been awarded "Outstanding" in four consecutive OFSTED inspections. All seven of Paul and Carla's children have been educated at Trinity.

Paul's other incarnation is as a novelist. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and decided to start writing about the "undergrowth of history", beginning with THE DEATH OF A KING, published in 1985. Since then, Paul has written nearly 100 books and has published a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available in several formats, including large print, audio books, and more recently e-books.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written a number of non-fiction titles, among them: ISABELLA AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF EDWARD II, a scholarly study of The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303, THE SECRET LIFE OF ELIZABETH I, and a study of the mystery surrounding the death of Alexander the Great.
Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings. A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul loves to tell stories and "bring history to life."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Heaven's sake, employ an editor! 8 Mar. 2013
By KitCat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the kindle edition of this book as a Chaucer enthusiast and an long time reader of Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett series.
It has been poorly edited for the kindle, there are word and line errors, random italics and sections where the text is broken up very oddly.
The stories are interesting, the basic copy editing mistakes are infuriating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy tales 25 Feb. 2014
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
As a huge fan of the author's work I hoped that this book would be up to snuff. I was not disappointed.

Loosely based on Chaucers Canterbury tales, the pilgrims take turn about to share stories in the tavern.

The stories are genuinely creepy, but entertaining also. I enjoyed reading this omnibus, I must confess that I prefer the omnibus format as I find the single kindle editions rather pricey.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The man of laws tale 22 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the story as I always enjoy Paul Doherty . What I didn't like was the number of spelling
errors that occurred throughout the second story.
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