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A Dark Night Hidden (Hawkenlye Mysteries #6)

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Josse D’Acquin and the Abbess Helewise are appalled by the fanatical new priest, Father Micah, but are even more horrified when his body turns up by the side of the road. And when it appears that a band of evangelical heretics, whom Micah condemned to the stake, might be behind his death, the Abbess is torn between her compassion for their suffering and her duty to the chu ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2003)
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The Pagan element in this medieval Nun-and-Knight mystery series (which element would horrify Ellis Peters or Margaret Frazer) is getting stronger and more ridiculous. I would quit them, but I have a hella strong bias against narrative uncertainty -- I need to read whole books, and unless they're wretched beyond belief, whole series once I've committed. But I am somewhat worried that the heretics and Pagans unite theme is going to continue to resound, more loudly each book. (Not, for the record, ...more
First Sentence: The spiteful wind of a bleak, icy February blasted down the muddy track and around the sparse huddle of buildings as if it hated the world and everything in it.

Father Gilbert has broken his ankle and a substitute priest has been sent. Father Micah’s fanaticism has won him no friends. However, it wasn’t expected to find his body lying in a ditch. A man speaking a foreign language begs help of the Abbey of Hawkenlye. The woman he carries has been severely whipped and her forehead b
Alissa Mccarthy
Jul 30, 2016 Alissa Mccarthy rated it liked it
Number 6 in the series combines a fanatical new and a band of evangelical heretical Cathars. The Abbess is torn between her compassion for their suffering and her duty to the church, and Josse is conflicted in his desire to save the heretics and his fear of what his actions will do to his friendship with the Abbess. Another easy, fun read.
Ma'lis Wendt
May 03, 2011 Ma'lis Wendt rated it it was amazing
I've finally read all of the Alys Clare Hawkenlye mysteries and am sorry to have reached the end of the series. I didn't read them in order, although she has a clear plot line from beginning to end, each one can stand alone. Her knowledge of England under Richard the LionHearted is terrific and her range of subjects is very broad. This story focused on heretics--specifically the Cathers, with lots of information and sympathy of differing views.
Ann Mcelligott
Aug 15, 2012 Ann Mcelligott rated it really liked it
This series highlights English religious history, both Christian and pagan, and the royal politics as it effects people in their daily lives. It is set in 1100s at the time of the Crusades and the rule of Richard Lionhearted. The central characters are Josse d'Aquin, a former knight and landholder, and Abbess Helewise, the abbess of a double monastery located by a healing spring in the south of England.
Jan 13, 2009 Suburbangardener rated it really liked it
This book in the series set during the Crusades, concerns the persecution of the followers of a heretical sect. Great period detail and insight into the midieval life.
Gary Raines
Dec 14, 2013 Gary Raines rated it did not like it
If you like good historical fiction - this ISN'T it. Alys went off the deep end in this one and history went out the door. Don't bother.
Jul 22, 2014 Jean rated it liked it
Medieval mystery story with monks and pagans. Similar to Ellis Peters.
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Alys Clare is the pen name used by Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.

Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name. Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a re
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