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Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women (Chaucer #2)

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Three years after his secret mission to Aquitaine, the poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer finds himself once more embarked on royal business. After an arduous journey in the spring of 1373, he reaches Florence, a city twice the size of London and the banking center of Europe. Chaucer has come for money for Edward III, who needs a loan to prop up the ongoing English campaig ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by Carroll & Graf (first published July 28th 2005)
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I love the Middle Ages, so I picked this book up. I had no idea it was part of a series and no idea it was a murder mystery. It was terrible. There was so little that was historical in it, that I hesitate to even call it historical fiction. The characters could have been out of any murder mystery (I'm guessing, as this is the first one I've ever read) and everything about it was so cliched including the very ending where SPOILER ALERT: the guy who is pretending to be blind the whole time turns o ...more
A fun read that turned out how I expected but was thoroughly entertaining in spite of the foretelling.
This is another historical mystery - this time with Chaucer doing the sleuthing. It takes place in Florence in 1373. Although there are some descriptions of Florence of the time, I didn't really get a sense of life there. Chaucer has travelled to Florence to get a loan for Edward III. However, he becomes mixed up in a murder which has taken place about the time he arrives. It is a good yarn and I enjoyed reading it, but is not as gripping and lifelike as Phillippa Gregory's novels.
The premise is great, but the execution is disappointing. The construction of the mystery is lacking, the protagonist's character isn't really felt, and the narration is awkward and at times plodding.
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