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No Law in the Land (Knights Templar #27)

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The twenty-seventh novel in Michael Jecks's medieval Knights Templar series.
King Edward II is furious when he learns that his wife Queen Isabella has defied him by remaining in France with their son. As the unfortunate messengers of this news, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock, are dismissed from court.
Returning home to Devon, they are shocke
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Headline Book Publishing (first published June 3rd 2009)
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Jun 20, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
The title is a direct quote from a 1325 journal which mentions the crimes, terrorism and atrocities described in this novel - and this series. Here Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock return from Paris with the news that King Edward II's wife and son, whom they were meant to fetch home, are voluntarily staying in France, and possibly plotting an invasion. Dismissed without reward or thanks :) they return home to Devon where all is not well. Shortly before their arrival a fairly la ...more
Christopher Taylor
May 21, 2015 Christopher Taylor rated it liked it
I enjoy the Templar books quite a bit, and although I'm reading them a bit out of order from the library as they become available, they are an interesting read each time. The slowly developing story of the misery and horror of King Edward II's reign is difficult to witness at times, particularly the evil of the Despenser family and the corruption across the land.

This isn't the strongest book in the series, and it spends so much time focusing on other characters and events that at times its diffi
Apr 20, 2012 Michele rated it liked it
This was not an easy read. It was not a book I read straight through, from start to finish, without interruptions from other books.

One of the problems of reading one book in the middle of a series is that you get enough of the backstory to make sense of some of the characters' actions, but not all. Of course, it wouldn't be practical to rehash all 26 previous books, just be aware that characters will refer to events in prior books, and you may be left hanging a little. Because I didn't know how
Jul 25, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Medival era fans.
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
This is the second book by Michael Jecks that I have read. While I wasn't as enthralled as I was when I read the first, I did like many things about this book. It is a mystery, but 99% of the whodunit aspect is already known by the reader. There are one or two little surprises, but for the most part, the mystery is not the driving force of this book. How could it be when the reader knows who committed the crime and generally why? What is highly enjoyable about this book is how skillfully Jecks i ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Mar 26, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it it was amazing

This is Michael Jecks’s newest novel in his Knight Templars series, involving Baldwin de Furnshill, knight and gentleman, and his friend, commoner, Simon Puttock. The series of murder mysteries has been very popular and the novels are a good solid read, full of action, adventure and a taste of another era. ‘No Law in the Land’ is a more violent story than the previous novels, very much a ‘history as dirt, filth and man’s inhumanity to man’ novel. The title of the novel is a direct quote from a j
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Jan 27, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-own
In this book Baldwin and Simon return to Devon, but on informing the King that they not only could not escort his wife back to England, but had to leave his son, the Prince of Wales, under her care in Paris, the King flies into a rage.
At home again, they discover that outlaws now hold sway over much of the county. Sir Richard, who was a knight from the King's own household, has turned to outlawry, and when a pair of clerics are found brutally murdered, Baldwin and Simon must investigate, no mat
Mar 07, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it
This is a serial book of the Knight Templar by Michael Jecks a very accomplished writer. I really enjoyed how he set the detective police well, knight procedure novel in the fifthteen century. The details are very accurate and the characters are compelling.

I would like to see more of the nasty truth and feel that the author pulls his punches when writing about the dark age. After all, the title itself did say No Law in Land, and he did admit to saying some of the things are so nasty and terribl
Apr 16, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Excellent book but all Michael Jecks are. If you like historical crime novels these are brill
I sort of bought this book on a whim, something I do very rarely. However, I was pleased to find it was a rather good read, wand the author is obviously knowledgable in the subject. The book is far in a series, a fact I didn't know until halfway through the book, and perhaps I would have had more of a connection with the characters had I read the previous books.

I plan on picking up the rest of the series, :)
James Krauss
Jan 01, 2015 James Krauss rated it it was amazing
No Law in the Land was, as usual for Jecks, a wonderfully written book that keeps you wanting to keep reading. There was a lot of action and I can see a relationship to our own country in modern times. Jecks is maybe one of the best if not the best writers of medieval mysteries the is.
May 16, 2012 Jim added it
Another series of books that I enjoy. These are set in 14th Century Europe, mostly in England. Murder, political intrigue, history on every page, of course I enjoy them. This is just one in the whole series.
Dec 16, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good lots of mediaeval atmosphere without being at all twee. I enjoyed this even more than the rest in the series.
Katrina Bergherm
Nov 26, 2012 Katrina Bergherm rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Odd...mystery story with knights and castles. Not a bad book but not great either.
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Sep 24, 2009 Bonnie Beffa rated it it was amazing
one of my all time favorite authors
Jan 04, 2011 Irene rated it really liked it
can't wait for the next in the series
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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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