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The Dragons of Archenfield (Domesday #3)

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Arriving in Archenfield in order to settle a land dispute, soldier Ralph Delchard and lawyer Gervase Bret are shocked when they learn that a principal witness has been murdered, and the subsequent investigation pits them against a sinister lord.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published September 24th 2009 by Ostara Publishing (first published September 1st 1995)
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Mar 21, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it
further adventures of the duo now in deepest herefordshire in the welsh marches , when a saxon landowner is burned alive in his manor, most think its the welsh but there is more then meets the eyes as gervase is kidnapped. enjoyed the storyline in 11th century England as the story is played out on many levels.
Jul 29, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#3 Domesday medieval mystery series set across England in the 1080's. Ralph Delchard, a knight, and Gervase Bret, a lawyer, travel across England with their retinue resolving land disputes and investigating claims and set tax rates for the Conqueror. In this instance they are going to Archenfield, near the Welsh border, where resentments among the Welsh still run high against the Norman conquerors as well as the Saxons.

A disputed portion of land is sought by two sworn enemies, but the third man
First Sentence: He was coming down the hill when they struck.

Norman soldier Ralph Delchard and Breton lawyer Gervase Bret travel around Britain to resolve disputes to ensure the information in King Henry’s Domesday Book is correct. Archenfield in Herefordshire is situated in the English/Welsh border. There is a conflict as to who owns the land. When the men arrive, a wealthy landowner, and principal witness to the conflict, has just been burned alive in his home, a Welch lion filled with blood c
King William of England (as in the Conqueror) is ordering a comprehensive survey of his entire kingdom to be known as the Domesday Book. His agents Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are off to the Welsh border to investigate a claim to some hundred acres there. But one of the main witnesses is murdered and Welsh-English tensions threaten to erupt into full scale war.

I enjoyed this series, and as I read this book, I remembered reading it several years ago. But the rather nonchalant approach to som
Nov 07, 2013 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The third book in the Domesday series. In this one, King William's auditors are at the western edge of his kingdom, just barely outside of Wales. The men they are investigating include to wealthy Norman lords and the son of a Saxon thegn who has lost much of his family's holding since the French took over England. Still, he is liked by his neighbors, and no one can understand the horror of finding him burned alive in his house.

So Gervase and Ralph, Canon Hubert and Brother Simon must find out no
Jan 01, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Marston is a busy author, balancing an Elizabethan theater series and his Norman conquest era Doomsday series. This series pairs a warrior with a lawyer as they follow up on the plans of William I (William the Conqueror)to tabulate all of his new holdings in England in what is known as the Doomsday book.

This book mixes superstition, politics, religion, and plain old human treachery involving murder for various kinds of gain. While the characters are interesting and clearly defined, and th
Feb 06, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Domesday crew ride again, this time to a county bordering Wales. A patch of land is once again being disputed, and once again, a claimant is killed. But are the killers Welsh raiders, as they appear to be, or part of a plot to grab land?

This entry in the series is a fun read. There’s plenty of drama, as Gervase is kidnapped and Ralph must fight a duel in order to stave off a full-scale border war during the siege of a castle. More drama means that in some ways, it’s bit less cerebral than th
Jan 24, 2016 Booknblues rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book from a series that is very difficult to find. I loved it.
Edward Marston pens enthralling mysteries during an exciting and interesting time of history, the Norman Conquest of England and the ensuing "Domesday Book" I am only sorry to discover him when all his books are not readily available.
He provides incites regarding the relationships of Normans, Saxsons and Welsh for the history buff. For those who love mysteries he provides an interesting group of detectives a knight -
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-historical
c1995: Edward Marston aka Keith Miles read modern history at Oxford and puts it to good use in this series of novels. My first impression is that I did not enjoy this one as much as The Ravens of Blackwater. I can't quite put my finger on to the reason. I did like the camaradie between the antagonists (Ralph, Gervase, Canon Hubert and Brother Simon) and the ending - which was most just! Recommended.
Jul 01, 2013 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Marston's 3rd volume of the Domesday Series, the Dragons of Archenfield is an enjoyable read. The author weaves another tale of the Royal Commisioners in the wilds of Herefordshire on the border of Wales. Ralf Delchard and Gervase Bret arrive in Hereford for what looks like another routine assignment from William I, but they find themselves caught up in murder, land disputes and Red Dragons!!
Feb 06, 2011 Donna marked it as started-not-finished  ·  review of another edition
I like Marston's other series on Elizabethan theater, but I just can't get into the characters in this series. This particular book is set on the Welsh border. No offence to anyone, but I have a hard time dealing with the Welsh names. I've decided to dump this series from my reading list and that means I can pull nine books off of my TBR pile. I'm too old to read stuff I don't really like.
Sep 16, 2013 Aspin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it. A real page turner, couldn't put it down.

Best of the series so far, though only read 3. Mystery, history, humour & suspense - all in one book - what more could you want.

The only book I've enjoyed more than this was Linwood Barclay's Bad Move.
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Aug 15, 2013 Gabriel Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filled with intrigue and good old fashion humor that stimulates the mind while being exceptionally entertaining.
I found this series fascinating and I love the setting. What an imaginative way to present the writing of the Domesday Chronicles.
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