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The Brothers of Glastonbury (Roger the Chapman #7)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Roger the traveling chapman should be on his way home to medieval Bristol after a nice summer's peddling. But a request from his duke to escort a bride en route to her betrothed takes him toward Wells, where the groom and his brother have vanished.
Roger links the disappearances to the discovery of ancient scrolls written in a strange language. But as he deciphers the arch
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Kim Headlee
When The Brothers of Glastonbury came to my attention as a possible book to review, I confess I was predisposed to like it. The concept of a medieval mystery set in the heart of "King Arthur country" sans the usual Arthurian references sounded refreshingly unique, and I looked forward to the read.

Memo to Self: quit judging a book by its jacket blurb!

Happenstance pulls Roger the Chapman, peddler by trade and sleuth by hobby, into investigating the disappearance of a young woman's betrothed. Rumor
I can hardly imagine a more discombobulated collection of nonsense and a "mystery" that never seemed mysterious, gratuitous references to Arthurian legends and the Holy Grail, and an ending predictable from the start. Boggles the mind that anyone would publish this. Or that I followed through on my habit of reading a book I started to the end, even if I was skimming thorough the last half to get the silliness over with as fast as I could. I'd give it negative ratings if I could.
Set in the medieval times of England. Roger is asked to accompany a woman to her fiancés house in time for the wedding. When he arrives, he discovers that the groom is missing. Shortly thereafter the other brother goes missing. Roger Chapman decides to help the mother figure out what has happened to her sons. In the process, he connects the disappearance to an old manuscript which was written in the old Celtic ongram writing.
Sandra Strange
Another in this excellent series starring Roger the Chapman, a wandering ex-novice priest now a peddler with a talent for unraveling mysteries, this novel involves the unnatural disappearance of two brothers. The novel skirts the supernatural genre of da vinci's code, complete with an ancient manuscript that may or may not hint at a treasure brought to Glastonbury by Joseph of Arimathea.
A fun mystery, but I'll admit it only made 4 stars instead of 3 because it takes place wholly in the Bristol-Bath-Glastonbury area, where I will be traveling soon and where I was intentionally researching. For that purpose, it was quite good.
Interesting story, it wasn't as predictable as some mysteries, so that was nice. It was also fun to read a "who done it" set during the midieval period.

My biggest complaint is that for some reason I kept thinking it read like a Nancy Drew, which is strange because I haven't read a Nancy Drew in a million years. But I might look for more in this series if I'm hard up for something to read.
Takes place in fifteenth century. During the reign of Edward IV and V and just before Richard III (1485)

Glastonbury is where Arthur and Guinevere were supposedly buried. Jooseph of Arimathea supposedly brought Christ here as a young boy.

Greek myths told of the soul being rowed across the river Styx by the boatman Charon.

In Arthur's time the Saxons were known as the Axe Ons.
Fun, atmospheric series about Roger Chapman, a peddler who also acts as a sometimes spy for the Duke of Glouster. Set in mideval England, the author brings a feel of authenticity to her descriptions of the way folks lived in those times. It's a nice escape from reality, but definitely makes you appreciate what we have today.
Apr 25, 2011 Marian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Marian by: Me
All of Roger the Chapman's skills at finding out the truth are needed to solve this mystery. A young man disappears into thin air and then his younger brother also disappears leaving Roger at a loss to understand their disappearances - and wondering about the safety of his own life.
Roger is involved in solving the mysterious disappearance of two brothers who had found a document purporting to describe the hidden burial spot of the Holy Grail. They, and Roger, in actuality stumble into a thieves' lair.
Another good one fromSedley as she adds to her Roger the Chapman series of mysteries. While not as strong an outing as some of her titles, Roger, his adventures and his time in history continue to entertain, educate and surprise.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Wait, this isn't the first book in the series? Why did I think it was? Well, no wonder I couldn't quite get into it. It seemed a bit dry.
Fran Caparrelli
fun light reading with a lot of historical detail which I really like.
Roger the Chapman solves another medieval mystery. Good read.
Diane Cherry
good medieveal history mystery
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Kate Sedley, the pen-name of Brenda Margaret Lilian Honeyman Clarke (born 1926) is an English historical novelist. She was born in Bristol and educated at The Red Maid's School, Westbury-on-Trym. She is married and has a son and a daughter, and one granddaughter.
Her medieval historical whodunnits feature Roger the Chapman, who has given up a monk's cell for the freedom of peddling his wares on th
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