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The Poison Maiden (Mathilde of Westminster #2)

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1308: murder and mayhem are rife in the court of Edward II. The 'Poison Maiden' is rumoured to have arrived in England forcing Mathilde of Westminster to face her most dangerous opponent yet.

England hovers on the brink of civil war. Edward II, his wife Isabella and the royal favourite Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall, have been forced to retreat to the King's 'folly', as just an
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Published August 9th 2007 by Headline
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This is part two of Mathilde's story and takes her through the early spring of 1308. I've never thought about Edward II's favourite much; he was always just a place holder, the character that made the political situation more complicated than usual. If I thought about anyone I wondered about Queen Isabelle and how she handled things.It was not an enviable situation at all. Gaveston is always cited as Piers but Doherty calls him Peter, which some English might have. He was Gascon, so Piers would ...more
Ana T.
The Poison Maiden is the 2nd book in the Mathilde of Westminster series where Paul Doherty tells the story of Richard II and Isabella's first years of marriage. I was intrigued by the first book and last week I "found" this one at the bottom of the TBR pile and decided to pick it up.

I have now read some reviews mentioning some historical errors. I must say I didn't notice them while reading as this is a period I'm not too familiar with, but on principle errors annoy me!

Like the first book there
Anne Mathison
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Paul Doherty is the consummate storyteller and whatever subject he happens to pick to write about the books and the characters within them seem to come to life. Be it medieval England or Ancient Egypt his grasp of the subject is always first class. He has written many, many books over the years and how he manages to achieve this and also have the full time job of a school headmaster beggars belief. I do not think I have missed reading one of his books and there rea
c2007: my star rating rationale is a bit erratic at the best of times but the only reason that I have given this book such a low rating is because the plot devices in this mystery were almost identical to another Doherty book that I had just read - Murders Immortal Mask c 2008. By that, a locked room with seemingly no way of leaving, a scrap of parchment providing mysterious clues, a female protagonist supported by a man of action. However, the background narrative and descriptions remain as sup ...more
Excellent Medieval mystery.The plot was nicely twisted and the reader is well embedded in the time period. There was the occasional word use that threw me out of the time period but other than that this was a fun read.
Cheryl Brock
Jul 17, 2012 Cheryl Brock rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Another excellent and well-referenced novel that continues on from The Cup of Ghosts. This time the Spring of 1308 when England in hovering on the brink of war and Edward II calls on Mathilde of Westminster to protect him. There are rumours that King Philip of France has employed the "Poison Maiden" and it is Mathilde's task to resolve a highly volatile situation.
Fabulous sequel to Cup of Ghosts - Mathilde of Westminster continues her memoirs of her time with Edward II and Isabella. I think this is Paul Doherty at his absolute best.
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He has been published under several pseudonyms: P.C. Doherty, C.L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-Eastern England) in 1946. He had the
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