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Torneo di sangue (Knights Templar #11)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  287 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Inghilterra settentrionale, primavera del 1322. La decisione di Lord Hugh de Courtenay di organizzare un torneo cavalleresco tra i nobili della regione rappresenta un'occasione d'oro per "procacciatori d'affari", loschi individui e avventurieri di ogni specie, tutti egualmente attratti dall'ingente valore dei premi messi in palio. Mentre fervono i preparativi del torneo, q ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published 2003 by Hobby & Work (first published June 7th 2001)
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Don't start this thinking that you are getting a sanitized, Disney version of knights and squires and ladies. This is raw life in 1322 England when revenge calls a man to make hideous choices during a hastilude event. There are almost too many people to easily keep track. In a way, that adds to the atmosphere of the throng of people who could be the killer and how difficult it is to find him out. 3 1/2 stars
Jim Corbiere
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading " The tournament of Blood ". A Knights Templar mystery. I enjoyed it like the rest of the series. I learned quite a bit about what tournaments and jousts and the like were really like back then, not how they are portrayed in the media.

Lord Hugh de Courtenay was setting up a tournament for the knights under his command. He had commissioned Simon Puttock to work the details and make sure everything was done correctly and on time. A money-lender was murdered! Then two of the men wh
Michael Jecks
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own
For me, this is a special book for me. I'd always wanted to show what knights were really like. They were not gentle, kindly souls who sought to do the decent thing. By and large they were avaricious, for money, but for women and power too, and much of the average knight's life was spent in training for battles, and many probably longed to put their training into force. This is the story of some authentic knights, all set about the glorious, exciting stage of a tournament at one of my favourite ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setting: England 1322

If you’ve ever seen a movie with two knights jousting in single combat, you might think you know all about medieval tournaments. You’d be wrong. That was just one event of the whole contest, and the contest itself was only a part of a huge series of events that took place. This book, which cites references for the curious, describes in detail everything that went into the pageantry of a real tournament. Our main character, Sir Baldwin, is a former Knight Templar. By this tim
Bill Meehan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-fiction
Jecks throws a bit of a curve ball in this edition. The normally level headed Simon, under the stress of organizing a tournament, acts like quite an a$$, and brings about the ire and accusations from many around him as a result. Thankfully, Baldwin, though he gets quite rattled, literally, at one point, keeps the ship moving calmly through the stormy seas of murder, teen lust, cowardliness, revenge, and trial by battle.
THE TOURNAMENT OF BLOOD (Hist Mys-Sir Baldwin Furnshill/Bailiff Simon Puttock-England-1322) – G+
Jecks, Michael – 11th in series
Headline, 2001, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0747272484

First Sentence: Benjamin Dudenay, known to most people as “Ben the moneylender”, was not popular, so his murder caused no distress except to his three outstanding creditors, whose demands for compensation where stolidly rejected by his widow, Maud.

Lord Hugh de Courtenay is hosting a tournament and Bailiff Simon Puttock has b
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-mystery
Tournament of blood is a mystery with no real mystery. The plot and characters are so muddled that it is impossible to find just one suspect. The inept bailiff Simon accuses everyone and only at the very end mostly through some blind twists is the murder revealed. Maybe if you have read other books in this series then this book might have some meaning, but as the first of these books I have read it will be the last. I slogged through to the end but wish this book would have never found its way t ...more
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the most personal of the whole series. Simon and Sir Baldwin are actually threatened with death in this one. Simon is accused of murder, and Sir Baldwin defends him in mortal combat. Their friendship is sealed forever. And Hugh, the servant, kills for his master's daughter's honor. It really brings to life how you were considered guilty or innocent with no proof, only a battle of arms. How times have changed.
Nancy Ellis
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series so much! The books are not just entertaining, as well as educational regarding life in 14th Century England, but they are so full of delightful characters, "good" ones and "bad" ones, and situations that draw you in and make you feel as if you're there. This particular book is so full of both murderers and suspects, it's almost confusing trying to keep them all straight! A most enjoyable read!
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time the author has used the `f' word, totally unnecessary,1st, spoken by a women it was out of her character, the anger of the carpenter using it was perhaps understandable but still I don't think they would have used this word in the 14th century
Excellent suspense mystery, couldn't put it down
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
What a dreadful title! Not a vampire book at all-a historical mystery.
It felt a little modern, with a teenage rebellion understory, but I suppose even then adolescent boys tried their lines out on girls and girls "fell in love" at the drop of a hat. Or lance. Excellent battle scenes, though. Certainly not all neat and tidy and Renaissance-Faire.
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Michael Jecks' medieval mystery series-they don't give anything away until the very end and provide a good insight into a particular aspect of medieval life (the jousting tournaments/history/terminology).
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Puzzle Doctor
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read - one of the strongest in the series to date. Full review at
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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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