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A Plague of Heretics (Crowner John Mystery #14)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  9 reviews
With the city of Exeter ravaged by an outbreak of the 'yellow plague', Sir John de Wolfe, the county coroner, must divide his time between visiting his brother Willam who has been struck down by the disease, and dealing with a series of brutal murders which appears to be linked to a revival of heresy in the city. When some of the cathedral canons begin a crusade against th...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2010)
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I haven't read books 12 & 13 in this series, but I will still do so.



An upsurge in the persecution of heretics by the general populace of Exeter, which is fuelled by assorted church fanatics and Crowner John's new neighbour, forms the basis of the plot for this novel, alongside a plague to which some of Crowner John's nearest and dearest fall victim.

This is a series I am very fond of generally, but I'm afraid in this...more
This is the first medieval mystery I have read by Bernard Knight. I have to admit to being very squeamish about the persecution of the so-called heretics, by the Catholic Church at the time of the story, 1195. Hard to believe, since my mystery fare usually involves serial killers. But the picture of the church elders offering money to anyone seeking out those neighbors who believed that intersession by a priest was not needed, for them to be able to communicate with God, with the idea of trying...more
John Lee
This is currently the latest book in the series and again a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The detail of the food eaten at each meal could easily have been over the top but it isnt. It adds to the fascinating picture that builds up of life in the city at the time. Brilliant research.
We live close to Exeter and suspect that some of the older churches in the city are on the site of those in the story. Although this is a work of fiction, I can well imagine that on our next trip to the city, we could go...more
What can I say ... I love this series. The author doesn't romanticize this time period, it's smelly, violent and unless you are wealthy, living conditions are just plain nasty. Your knight in shining armor usually comes with fleas, head lice and probably hasn't fully bathed in a couple of years. Against this realistic background, Bernard Knight has developed not only great characters, but good storylines. Some books were better then others, but I found each was written well enough to pull me in...more
Probably my least favorite of this series, but many important things happen to the characters since Mr. Knight assumed this would be his last book in the series. There will be one more published, so it will be interesting to see if that one is better.
A Fitting Climax to this Medieval Historical Coroner Series complete with happy ending & all loose ends tied up. A lot of the characters actually existed he's given them all a new lease of life.
Excellent series.
Lynne Byrne
I would have enjoyed this much more if I hadnt worked out 'whodunnit' half way through the book :(
Didn't think this was up to the normal very high standard of Bernard Knight
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Aka Bernard Picton.

Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, (born 1931) became a Home Office pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980. He has been writing since before 1963, when his first crime novel was published. Since then, he has written about thirty books, including contemporary crime fiction, historical novels about Wales,...more
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