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Book Review: The Medieval Murderers – Sword of Shame

Posted by HelenEdith on March 8, 2009

When I picked up this book, I commented to the librarian that it looked a little more heavy-going than my usual reading matter. It is a series of linked stories about a sword made before William the Conqueror invaded England. Five authors collaborated: Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Susanna Gregory and Philip Gooden. Between them, they spun a tale stretching from the 11th Century to the present day which followed a beautifully crafted but unlucky sword through all of those times.

I think that all except Ian Morson’s story, set in Venice in 1262, use characters which can be found in full-length novels by these authors. Funnily enough, it was only Ian Morson’s Venice story which I struggled with.

The other authors and their characters will undoubtedly draw me back to the library: Bernard Knight’s Crowner John; Michael Jecks’ Keeper Sir Baldwin and Bailiff Puttock; Susanna Gregory’s Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael; and Philip Gooden’s player Nick Revill.


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