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This review is from: A Burnable Book (John Gower 1) (Hardcover)
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Expecting an exciting historical thriller, I was disappointed to see this book is yet another of those secret message/manuscript/chalice or whatever which has been hidden/stolen stories of which there seem to be dozens.
Set in 1385 in the reign of the weak Richard II, it appears a book exists which prophesies the deaths of English monarchs. Correct thus far apparently, so what's to become of the current holder?
It gets bogged down in London back alleys and then there's someone called Hawkwood in Florence then some story in italics which takes place in Spain. And it involves Geoffrey Chaucer whose life is known to have been a bit murky. I was getting confused.
I did try hard with it. It started well but by page 100 or so I was flagging and I had 370 to go! Mr Holsinger is an acclaimed historian and I'm sure any facts are spot on but it's the fiction that lets him down.