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Dispensation of Death (Knights Templar #23)

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It's January 1325 and England is a hotbed of paranoia under the reign of the increasingly unpredictable King Edward II and his lover, Sir Hugh le Despenser. When the Queen’s lady-in-waiting is slaughtered and the hideously mutilated body of a man is found behind the throne, Edward demands to be avenged. Despenser appoints experienced investigator Sir Baldwin de Furnshill a ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Headline Book Publishing
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Michael Jecks
Jan 27, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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This was the first book where I had to get into the politics of the day from the perspective of London. It was hard to move my characters from their homes in Devon, but it was important to show how the King and his adviser, Hugh Despenser, were ruling the nation. Despenser was, in effect, running the country in the King's name, and abusing it as though he was in charge of a massive protection racket.

It was thoroughly enjoyable to write. I was able to take the example of a poor woman in the serv
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Wazz
book 23

Now our duo are aging, both have families, and much to lose if they anger the wrong man! Both, however, are far from London and the mess that is the monarchy of the time - King Edward II, his lover the Despenser, his wife Isabella.

We are treated to a tale which puts Isabella in a favourable light, of course this may be author's bias, but the Church's stand on sodomy is such that the King has put his soul in jeopardy, he is happy to do the bidding of his lover. The lover is only concerned
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Riversue
Decent enough mystery.There are a number of instances of less than historical accuracy and the sexual proclivities of King Edward II is the main one. Whether or not the man was gay is much debated and Jecks comes down squarely on the side of yes. Some may not want to read this series if they disagree with this decision as much of this case rests on this decision.
Joshua
Aug 30, 2008 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patricia
This is the twenty-third book in Jecks' series of medieval mysteries which makes it the largest I have read. Set in the in the early fourteenth century, they are particularly faithful to history which makes them all the more exciting. This time the protagonists, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, an ex Templar and Keeper of the King's Peace in Devon and his longtime friend Simon Puttock, Bailiff to the Abbot of Tavistock, are deep in the intrigue of the Court of King Edward II and his sinister advisor (a ...more
Emily Enfinger
Feb 07, 2015 Emily Enfinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

I enjoy all sir Baldwin novels but especially like the historical insight given especially the view of Edward II. Fascinating.
Carol
Feb 09, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow oh wow, I can not recommend Michael Jecks enough, if you love historical crime books you will love his.
This one involved King Edward II and his lover Hugh Le Despenser, Baldwin and Simon are charged with finding the killer of a Lady in waiting of the Queen and a mystery man found behind the throne in the Palace in London.
They find themselves in a dangerous world far from home and have to put their fear of death aside to find the truth.
Read it.
Pembsgirl
new series for me and I enjoyed it....took a little bit to get into it but I am intrigued enough to read the earlier ones in the series.
Darlene
Dec 30, 2012 Darlene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very Boring. Cannot finish it.
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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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