- Mass Market Paperback: 233 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S. (Aug. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425148998
- ISBN-13: 978-0425148990
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.7 x 17 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Boy's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1995
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"'History fans will relish every minute.' Publisher's Weekly 'Exquisitely woven.' The Cleveland Plain Dealer 'Executes her exercise...with audacity and ingenuity.' Kirkus Review 'A good mystery...excellently drawn.' Anne Perry" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Amusement at the review and a "defense" of the book
Since the general thrust of the Dame Frevisse series is a seeking to deal with medieval England from a medieval viewpoint, rather than the too-frequent romanticism of 20th century views, those many interesting things the reader/reviewer didn't find were probably missing for very good reasons. Besides, all the stories in the series are told from only two points of view: Dame Frevisse's and the title character's. In this case the latter is a very young boy who is having trouble understanding why his world has fallen apart (his mother Queen Catherine's illicit marriage has been discovered) and only gradually begins to realize that someone is trying to kill him and his brother, while Dame Frevisse, realizing this all too well, tries to keep them alive. And oddly enough, I always thought saving the resolution of the mystery to the end was how it was supposed to work.
Top Customer Reviews
Dame Frevisse sets herself the task of tracking down the would-be murderer before he succeeds in his grisly task. Luckily she discovers the villain in the end and the elder of the two boys , yound Edmund Tudor, grows up to become the grandfather of Henry the Eighth.
MMargaret Frazer writes with humour and sympathy and with a keen eye for historical detail. Fifteenth century England comes to life as she writes. Her characters with all their faults and foibles are throroughly believable and she blends her fictional and real historical characters characters with convincing ease. The plot keeps you guessing to the very last page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the characters and the accurate depictions of life in the 15th century... .. .. .. .. .. ..Published on 23 April 2013 by Mrs. A. S. Tweedale
Like most of the books on my Kindle I purchased this to provide an easy and relaxing read, requiring little or no effort on my part. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2012 by Roger Pickard