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Torneo di sangue (Knights Templar #11)

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Inghilterra settentrionale, primavera del 1322. La decisione di Lord Hugh de Courtenay di organizzare un torneo cavalleresco tra i nobili della regione rappresenta un'occasione d'oro per "procacciatori d'affari", loschi individui e avventurieri di ogni specie, tutti egualmente attratti dall'ingente valore dei premi messi in palio. Mentre fervono i preparativi del torneo, q...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published 2003 by Hobby & Work (first published June 1st 2001)
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THE TOURNAMENT OF BLOOD (Hist Mys-Sir Baldwin Furnshill/Bailiff Simon Puttock-England-1322) – G+
Jecks, Michael – 11th in series
Headline, 2001, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0747272484

First Sentence: Benjamin Dudenay, known to most people as “Ben the moneylender”, was not popular, so his murder caused no distress except to his three outstanding creditors, whose demands for compensation where stolidly rejected by his widow, Maud.

Lord Hugh de Courtenay is hosting a tournament and Bailiff Simon Puttock has b...more
I love all of Michael Jecks' medieval mystery series-they don't give anything away until the very end and provide a good insight into a particular aspect of medieval life (the jousting tournaments/history/terminology).
Michael Jecks
Jan 24, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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For me, this is a special book for me. I'd always wanted to show what knights were really like. They were not gentle, kindly souls who sought to do the decent thing. By and large they were avaricious, for money, but for women and power too, and much of the average knight's life was spent in training for battles, and many probably longed to put their training into force. This is the story of some authentic knights, all set about the glorious, exciting stage of a tournament at one of my favourite...more
Tournament of blood is a mystery with no real mystery. The plot and characters are so muddled that it is impossible to find just one suspect. The inept bailiff Simon accuses everyone and only at the very end mostly through some blind twists is the murder revealed. Maybe if you have read other books in this series then this book might have some meaning, but as the first of these books I have read it will be the last. I slogged through to the end but wish this book would have never found its way t...more
This book was the most personal of the whole series. Simon and Sir Baldwin are actually threatened with death in this one. Simon is accused of murder, and Sir Baldwin defends him in mortal combat. Their friendship is sealed forever. And Hugh, the servant, kills for his master's daughter's honor. It really brings to life how you were considered guilty or innocent with no proof, only a battle of arms. How times have changed.
What a dreadful title! Not a vampire book at all-a historical mystery.
It felt a little modern, with a teenage rebellion understory, but I suppose even then adolescent boys tried their lines out on girls and girls "fell in love" at the drop of a hat. Or lance. Excellent battle scenes, though. Certainly not all neat and tidy and Renaissance-Faire.
First time the author has used the `f' word, totally unnecessary,1st, spoken by a women it was out of her character, the anger of the carpenter using it was perhaps understandable but still I don't think they would have used this word in the 14th century
Excellent suspense mystery, couldn't put it down
Mary G.
Wonderful. Very good.
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Michael Jecks is a best-selling writer of historical novels. The son of an Actuary, and the youngest of four brothers, he worked in the computer industry before becoming a novelist full time in 1994

He is the author of the internationally popular Templar series, perhaps the longest crime series written by a living author. Unusually, the series looks again at actual events and murders committed abou...more
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