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Masques of Gold

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  139 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In a grand and Passionate age...
London's colorful marketplaces proclaimed the city's splendor and wealth - a golden prize disputed between King John's devouring greed... and the warrior barons who challenged his throne. From the flames of the bitter struggle came the men and women who dared to forge their own unique destinies...

Lissa de Flael

Willful, bold and beautiful,
Mass Market Paperback, 469 pages
Published 1988 by Jove Books
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Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lissa de Flael is in for the shock of her life when her husband Peter, an older London goldsmith, is found dead on her doorstep. His sons run away and Lissa is left dealing with the investigation into the murder by warden of the peace Sir Justin FizAilwin. Of course you know Justin is handsome and mightily attracted to the much younger widow - although he keeps his feelings at bay at first until he's satisfied Lissa had nothing to do with the murder. Or was it a murder? Why did Lissa's father wh ...more
I joke that there is a category of books called “Good Books with Bad Covers” – they are basic Historic Fiction that were given a bodice ripper cover for picking up Historical Romance readers. This book has a bodice ripper cover but does not fall into this category, as the cover leads you to exactly what you will get.

We meet our young heroine on the day that her recent and much-older groom, a goldsmith, is found murdered. In rushes our hero, a London city functionary who is sent to discover who c
Jan 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: HF online
Just arrived from USA through BM. This is not my type of book, sorry guys.
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Oct 16, 2014 marked it as dnf
Useless facts to show that the author knows her stuff, just, they were unnecessary at that time. And I was so bored.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1214, and London has begun to relax There is a new Archbishop of Canterbury named Langton, King John is about to embark for war in France, and most of the barons have either gone home or are going with him, leaving the streets of London blissfully free of men at arms. The murder of an elderly goldsmith brings Sir Justin, head of the mayor's watch, to investigate the crime. Why was the man's body mutilated after death and then dumped in the doorway of his shop? Was this some sort of w ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lowdown: don't look here for bodice-ripping.

4.5/5 stars (I decided to round down instead of up simply because I felt it didn't quite have the wow factor I like from my highest rating.)

Being a fan of Roberta Gellis's work, I was surprised that this book had a cover and description that would lead one to expect a bodice-ripper tale. After perusing the reviews, it seemed like maybe the lower ratings were due to whoever making that decision not doing her work a favor, considering the book's content
This felt a little over-long, but the historical detail and feel were very good, as usual.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medieval, and lots of political and historical references, which may slow it down too much for some readers.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a cover and a description that makes you think it is a historical romance of the bodice-ripping type, instead it's a historical fiction (obviously there's a love story in it too). In fact, it feels a bit like World Without End which also has a romance throughout the book, but I suppose since it was written by a guy it gets called historical fiction, while this one was written by a woman and thus must be a romance. Unlike World Without End, however, this book gets a bit bogged down ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe I never read this author! Where was I for the past twenty-so years? Well, I’m really glad that Roberta Gellis has decided to publish her back list in ebook format as I’m sure to stock up on some exceptional reads. If I am to ‘abandon’ my regency world, the book better be good, and this one was excellent!

This is a historical romance and mystery all wrapped up in one fascinating tale of pageantry in the 13th Century England during King John’s reign. Lissa de Flael’s goldsmith husb
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MARQUES OF GOLD by Roberta Gellis is an interesting Medieval historical romance.A re-print of a 1998 release. It has treason,murder,romance,love,deception,betrayal,rebellion,and conspiracy. “Marques of Gold” is the story of a goldsmith who is found murdered,who made King John’s “privy” seal,and made a fake one also,he and his co-conspirators plan to use against the King. Unknown to his bride,Lissa, of only six weeks,her “bride prize” could be the death of her. When Lissa’s husband is left death, ...more
This one is about the head of the London watch and a female apothecary and spice merchant in the time leading up to Runnymede and the signing of the Magna Carta. From the point of view of the merchants of London rather than the angry barons. I have always liked the way Gellis blends history with romance.
Dana Darr
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish that more authors would take their cue from Gellis. She creates a believable, compelling atmosphere and populates it with complex characters of unexpected depth. Her attention to research and detail places her work above any other genre author. Her fiction is as much an education as a recreational pleasure.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Reviewed for Booked Up . Stay tuned for the review to be posted on Booked Up's goodreads account and the Blog
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance fans with a capital H
For Historical Romance fans who like their history. I've read all of Roberta Gellis's books many times. This wasn't my favorite of her books but I still liked it.
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Roberta Gellis has been one of the most successful writers of historical fiction of the last few decades, having published about 25 meticulously researched historical novels since 1964. She was married to her husband Charles for over 50 years and they lived together in Lafayette, Indiana with a lively Lakeland terrier called Taffy. She has one child called Mark.

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