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A Moorland Hanging (Knights Templar #3)

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In fourteenth-century Devon, runaway villeins were brutally punished if apprehended by their masters. But when Peter Bruther flees the home of Sir William Beauscyr, he puts himself in the protection of the king by setting up as a tin miner on the moors. And the bailiff of Lydford, Simon Puttock, has to inform an irate Sir William that he has no legal claim on his wayward s ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 1996 by Headline (first published 1996)
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Michael Jecks
Nov 16, 2011 Michael Jecks rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own
While hunting around for themes for a new story, I hit upon the idea of making use of the Stannaries.
In the medieval period, the King owned all tin-mining on Dartmoor. He made a fortune from the mines, and gave miners extensive rights and benefits. They could dig anywhere where they thought there could be tin under the surface. If their extensive workings required plentiful supplies of water to wash away the soil, they could divert any water courses they wanted. And at a time when peasants were
Simon Mcleish
Mar 13, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.

A Moorland Hanging is the third of Jecks' Devonshire novels featuring Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin Furnshil. Like P.C. Doherty, Simon Jecks is an author who really knows something about the medieval period. He is perhaps more interested in institutions than Doherty, and this combines with the country setting to naturally remove some of the unpleasantness of the medieval world (to a modern reader) which comes to the fore in Doherty's series of
Sep 22, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. I like how the mysteries always seem to keep me guessing and how the plot keeps me hooked throughout the book. Simon and Baldwin, the protagonists, are really good characters, but I like how the secondary characters (the suspects in the murders) become main characters as well. We learn about the people in the surrounding area of the murder, their personalities and what type of characters they are, so they become more than supporting characters. In many ways, Simon and ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction and murder mystery fans.
I stumbled on to this series and this, the third in the series, is the second one I've read. Jecks does a great job of setting the scene. He's obviously done his research. As a result it's easy to connect with the characters and their assumptions, concerns, and devotion to duty. The major protagonists in the series, Bailiff Simon Puttock and Templar Knight Sir Baldwin Furnshil seem to exemplify what was good about medieval society.

The background of this story is the tension between landowners a
This latest installment took me back in time to see, hear, feel, and yes, even smell this wild land. (I had to cringe right along with our characters at sleeping on a wooden bench, waking up stiff and sore, or at the smells of. farmhouse shared by both livestock and family.). I loved the description of the moors and found myself thinking of them as Crockern--to be respected and not underestimated. Meanwhile, I have to say it--I am hopeful that Baldwin finds a lady love at some point. Can't help ...more
Aug 26, 2016 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the Moorland in the 1300s freemen who mine for tin have been given buy the King certain rights to ply their trade. When the villain of a knight who has lands on the moor runs away, the knight appeals to the Bailiff of Lydford for his return. Simon Puttock the Bailiff has to explain to the Kinght that since the runaway is now mining tin, he is covered by the King's law and Simon can do nothing to fore his return. While Simon and his friend Sir Baldwin Funshill find the ruaway hanging from a tr ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book for the "Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for" category in my Mystery Challenge over at PBS. I finished the book, but still not a series I will pursue...possibly until this category comes up in a challenge again. LOL This Medieval West Country series is hugely popular (I believe there are like 25 of them now!) but I just find the author's writing style not to my liking, and the characters are nondescript enough that I kept mixing them up.
Deborah Pickstone
MJ continues with his winning formula. I am continuing with this very easy-reading series. It is very enjoyable to watch a writer's development, as is possible over such a long series. By this third book the wrinkles are starting to be ironed out and the plots are gaining complexity and credibility. I suspect MJ will be entered into my fave writer's list in a few more excerpts!
Jun 04, 2009 Cece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This series is holding up well so far-although the occasional "modern" turn of phrase from a character of the era-14th century England-does niggle. But I like the plotting and the characters as they develop so far, so I will forgive the out-of-place "okay" and such.
Nancy Ellis
This was interesting in the information it had of the conflict between the tin miners and the manors, but the plot itself was too monotonous and dragged out in my opinion. That won't keep me from reading the other books in the series, though!
Kelly Delph
Dec 30, 2015 Kelly Delph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, and had just finished an audio book by Conn I. on Margaret of Anjou. So I'm saturated with early English history.
And I realize how blest I am that I live with heat, light, and food...and all those other first world things...
A good thing to remember on Christmas Eve.
Jul 26, 2009 Cynthiaj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I thought this one dragged a bit. I kept feeling like I was just trying to get through it so I could get on to some of the books that came home with me from the library the other day. Nice wrap up to "mystery" although I definitely did not develop empathy with the original victim.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 19, 2011 Marts (Thinker) marked it as sounds-interesting
Shelves: mystery, adventure
Michael Jecks' historical mystery series 'Knights Templar'. This volume: Knights Templar #3 - A Moorland Hanging.
Jan 16, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in The Knights Templar Mystery series. I love the period, and I enjoy this author's research and authenticity.
Peter Nye
Nov 24, 2011 Peter Nye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting background to life on Dartmoor in the early 14th century combined with a twisting, complex murder mystery. I enjoyed this very much.
Apr 05, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great mediaeval who done it with history coming to life.
Kept you guessing to the end as to who was the culprit.
An excellent read.
Dec 18, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
While the mystery was only so-so and the characters a bit boring, the history of the legal system and the rights of the tin miners was fascinating.
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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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