Author: Cassandra Clark
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: Uk & Comm
Pub. Date: 7th February 2011
A Hildegard of Meaux novel. A riveting medieval mystery.
Summer, 1384. The sun is hot and high, promising a fine harvest - but storm-clouds of insurrection are gathering over England. Lollard heretics, driven from their base at Oxford by the iron fist of the Archbishop Courtenay, now roam the land sowing sedition. A return to the bloodshed that swept over the country during the Great Rebellion seems certain. And in the capital, the boy king Richard II is now seventeen; his uncle John of Gaunt still refuses to step aside for his ward.
Hildegard of Meaux – sleuth, spy and now an abbess of the powerful Cistercian order – has found refuge from a world of violence, schism and blood-feud at her new minor house in Lancashire. But by taking a bonded maid into the fold Hildegard has made a dangerous enemy, an enemy who thinks nothing of destroying her little sanctuary to further his own ends. Meanwhile her own history, and her possession of a priceless relic, threatens to drag her into the schemes of traitors to the crown who seek to overthrow King Richard’s regime - including the ruthless Henry Bolingbroke.
And as if this wasn’t enough, there are portents in York that the End of days is imminent; signs expressed by death in fire. Under the shadow of the apocalypse, can even the resourceful Hildegard unweave the tangled skein of conspiracy?
The Law Of Angels vividly recreates the conflicting worlds of Medieval England – a place where loyalty and Christian love meet treason, absolute faith and murderous superstition.
'The dangerous and colourful world of medieval England is brought to life in this thrilling story of rebellion and conspiracy.’Good Book Guide
'Since the sad death of Ariana Franklin we must turn to Cassandra for our strong female medieval protagonists...this is a lovely series.'Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
'The book is engaging and informative, written in a lively style...offering an intriguing glimpse of life amongst candle makers, artists and glaziers in 14th-century York... The plot strands kept this reader engaged until the very last page.... I recommend it for your enjoyment.'Historical Novels Review
'I found this really engrossing storyline a real joy to read. The brilliantly researched historical background really transports you back into the fourteenth century... I did not want this book to end, it was such a fascinating historical page turner. May this author write many more novels of this high quality in the future.'Eurocrime
'Cassandra Clark has captured the doom and gloom, the reality of life in 14th century England to perfection. This is a serious rival to Cadfael, and is just the sort of book you'd want to curl up with on a winter's evening. The pictures Clark draws with words are magical, and transport you back in time with an ease that's hard to describe. Terrific.'Booksmonthly
'A tumult of plots and counter-plots which twist and turn in a most satisfying manner, while giving a full and absorbing picture of a fascinating moment in the history of Britain'The Bookbag
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