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King's Gold (Knights Templar #30)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  148 ratings  ·  19 reviews
As the year 1326 draws to a close, London is in flames. King Edward II is a prisoner, and the forces of his vengeful queen, Isabella, and her lover Sir Roger Mortimer, are in the ascendant. The Bardi family, bankers who have funded the King, must look to their future with the Queen, steering a careful course between rival factions -- if, that is, they can keep themselves a ...more
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Published May 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Another one down and not too many more to go now. I read the first in this series, The Last Templar, then I jumped forward to the books at the end (because I could not source the earlier books too easily or at all in some cases) starting with The Oath.

Then I read the recently released prequel to the entire series, Templar's Acre. And now back to the end of the series with this one, King's Gold. One more to go and if I then wish to meet Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock again, I will hav
Jecks continues to provide an excellent read and sustains the quality of this Templar series with excellent historical research and the weaving of stories within the early 14th century world of England, etc. I have all of the titles in the series as I searched for the initial titles after being introduced to this author a few years back. I have ordered some from overseas but with Simon & Schuster now his publisher the releases in England and the U.S. are closer in time.
Colin Andrews
I had the feeling in some of his recent books that Michael was moving away from murder mystery towards political intrigue. This latest book has both in abundance, with some clever twists in the narrative - like who eventually ends up with the King's Gold!
Once again a brilliant book with a wicked plot, cant wait for the next one.
This book is the second in a collection of works by Micheal Jecks that i have on my bookshelf, with the other being "The Oath" however i do realise that it is an installment within an epic series that expands out to 30 volumes! I adore historical ficiton as i am also a lover of authors such as C.J Sansom and Robyn Young and i can easily say that personally i feel just as passionate & enthusiastic about Micheal Jecks as i am about the others. This tale was truly gripping from begining to end ...more
Michael Jecks
Jan 27, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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As the year 1326 draws to a close, London is in flames. King Edward II is a prisoner - and his guards are Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and bailiff Simon Puttock. Their loyalties are torn, and soon they find themselves entangled in a tightening net of conspiracy, greed, betrayal and murder.

This story was the end of the trilogy that covered the end of King Edward II's reign, taking us to the time when the King was forced to abdicate and the plots that were thought up to rescue him and return him to hi
Michael Jecks continues his chronicle of the fall of Edward II through the experiences of the indomitable Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock. Oddly, they are now on different sides in the battle for power, but still strive for the same ends. I read The Oath and King's Gold back to back and must say that both books were riveting. The intense historical period provides an exciting backdrop to the mysteries, without detracting from the sleuthing necessary to solve the crimes. Over the years, Jecks' char ...more
Another good solid novel in this series. I did find the continual narrative jumping of perpective at the beginning a bit disconcerting. Although I like, and want, the accurate historical context, I think it swamped the mystery storyline. This is more a historical novel not a historical mystery. The last third certainly picked up. Lastly a bit of moaning, I know they would have been popular names but all the 'R's" got a bit confusing at times, -Sir Richard, Sir Ranulf, Sir Ralph, Sir Roger.
It was a little harder to get into then some of the others, King's Gold by Michael Jecks has not disappointed. It is like reading a continuing saga. The history behind the story of Baldwin and Simon is fascinating. In this century the Black death strikes, the world experiences a rebirth. Of course it takes England a liile longer to have the Renaissance arrive. I did love it as I read on. What's next for Baldwin, Simon, and England herself? I can't wait to find out.
Jayne Leake
I have been a big fan of Michael Jecks since reading his first book, The Last Templar. Having read all of the books in the series, I can only say that the adventures of Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock have kept me entertained with each successive book. Mr. Jeck's attempts to keep to the authenticity of the time period is to be commended. The books offer a mystery/history buff some very entertaining reads.
Edward III rules, while his father, the former King Edward II is held prisoner. When an attempt is made to rescue him, his jailers fear it may be an attempt on his life. Edward's fear is that the danger may lie with those who are supposed to be protecting him, and he requests that Sir Baldwin and Simon be called into service.
Cori Sherman North
The page or two focus on different people in their settings drove me Crazy--there was no need to skip around in the story so much. Never got a chance to settle in and get to know the characters. At least the author didn't try to leave at a cliffhanger every single time, ala Dan Brown...
The storyline was a little all over the place and took a fair bit of working out as you were reading, which in my opinion distracted you from what was actually going on.
Not a bad book, though I think that the story line could of been a little more flowing.
was an okay read felt could of been shorter though not one of the best historical fiction have read but just felt this book was missing a little something
Janet H
This is another excellent blend of mystery and historical fiction from Jecks. The only problem I have with his books is that they end too soon!
Spencer Warner
One of the most dull books I've ever read, to be honest I can't think why because I love my historical fiction, I just found it so tedious
Linda Murray
First of series that I've read. So many sub-plots were disconcerting at first,but Ienjoyed the book and will read the series.
James Krauss
This book keeps you on the edge all the way to the end. Very enjoyable and I did not want to put it down.
I always enjoy reading this series. A well crafted plot with great characters!!
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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
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Knights Templar (1 - 10 of 32 books)
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  • The Merchant's Partner (Knights Templar, #2)
  • A Moorland Hanging  (Knights Templar, #3)
  • The Crediton Killings (Knights Templar, #4)
  • The Abbot's Gibbet (Knights Templar, #5)
  • The Leper's Return (Knights Templar, #6)
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The Last Templar (Knights Templar, #1) A Moorland Hanging  (Knights Templar, #3) The Merchant's Partner (Knights Templar, #2) The Leper's Return (Knights Templar, #6) The Abbot's Gibbet (Knights Templar, #5)

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