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A Moorland Hanging (Knights Templar #3)

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The Knights TemplarThey had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience...for they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to theprotection of pilgrims in the Holy Land -- until stories spread by anavaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order.There was one knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justiceas he watched his inn ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1996)
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Michael Jecks
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own
While hunting around for themes for a new story, I hit upon the idea of making use of the Stannaries.
In the medieval period, the King owned all tin-mining on Dartmoor. He made a fortune from the mines, and gave miners extensive rights and benefits. They could dig anywhere where they thought there could be tin under the surface. If their extensive workings required plentiful supplies of water to wash away the soil, they could divert any water courses they wanted. And at a time when peasants were
Christopher Taylor
I've read nearly all of the Templar books that are out at this point, although in jumbled, random order. this fills in an early gap in the series for me when Baldwin and Puttock are younger men.

The story involves a curious English system at the time in which Tin miners on the Moors are so valuable to the King that they are protected from many usual laws and enjoy significantly greater freedoms than usual. Unfortunately, this causes clashes with the local manors that ostensibly protect them, and
Simon Mcleish
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.

A Moorland Hanging is the third of Jecks' Devonshire novels featuring Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin Furnshil. Like P.C. Doherty, Simon Jecks is an author who really knows something about the medieval period. He is perhaps more interested in institutions than Doherty, and this combines with the country setting to naturally remove some of the unpleasantness of the medieval world (to a modern reader) which comes to the fore in Doherty's series of
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction and murder mystery fans.
I stumbled on to this series and this, the third in the series, is the second one I've read. Jecks does a great job of setting the scene. He's obviously done his research. As a result it's easy to connect with the characters and their assumptions, concerns, and devotion to duty. The major protagonists in the series, Bailiff Simon Puttock and Templar Knight Sir Baldwin Furnshil seem to exemplify what was good about medieval society.

The background of this story is the tension between landowners a
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I really like this series. I like how the mysteries always seem to keep me guessing and how the plot keeps me hooked throughout the book. Simon and Baldwin, the protagonists, are really good characters, but I like how the secondary characters (the suspects in the murders) become main characters as well. We learn about the people in the surrounding area of the murder, their personalities and what type of characters they are, so they become more than supporting characters. In many ways, Simon and ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the Moorland in the 1300s freemen who mine for tin have been given buy the King certain rights to ply their trade. When the villain of a knight who has lands on the moor runs away, the knight appeals to the Bailiff of Lydford for his return. Simon Puttock the Bailiff has to explain to the Kinght that since the runaway is now mining tin, he is covered by the King's law and Simon can do nothing to fore his return. While Simon and his friend Sir Baldwin Funshill find the ruaway hanging from a tr ...more
This latest installment took me back in time to see, hear, feel, and yes, even smell this wild land. (I had to cringe right along with our characters at sleeping on a wooden bench, waking up stiff and sore, or at the smells of. farmhouse shared by both livestock and family.). I loved the description of the moors and found myself thinking of them as Crockern--to be respected and not underestimated. Meanwhile, I have to say it--I am hopeful that Baldwin finds a lady love at some point. Can't help ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book for the "Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for" category in my Mystery Challenge over at PBS. I finished the book, but still not a series I will pursue...possibly until this category comes up in a challenge again. LOL This Medieval West Country series is hugely popular (I believe there are like 25 of them now!) but I just find the author's writing style not to my liking, and the characters are nondescript enough that I kept mixing them up.
Deborah Pickstone
MJ continues with his winning formula. I am continuing with this very easy-reading series. It is very enjoyable to watch a writer's development, as is possible over such a long series. By this third book the wrinkles are starting to be ironed out and the plots are gaining complexity and credibility. I suspect MJ will be entered into my fave writer's list in a few more excerpts!
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This series is holding up well so far-although the occasional "modern" turn of phrase from a character of the era-14th century England-does niggle. But I like the plotting and the characters as they develop so far, so I will forgive the out-of-place "okay" and such.
Nancy Ellis
This was interesting in the information it had of the conflict between the tin miners and the manors, but the plot itself was too monotonous and dragged out in my opinion. That won't keep me from reading the other books in the series, though!
Kelly Delph
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, and had just finished an audio book by Conn I. on Margaret of Anjou. So I'm saturated with early English history.
And I realize how blest I am that I live with heat, light, and food...and all those other first world things...
A good thing to remember on Christmas Eve.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I thought this one dragged a bit. I kept feeling like I was just trying to get through it so I could get on to some of the books that came home with me from the library the other day. Nice wrap up to "mystery" although I definitely did not develop empathy with the original victim.
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Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 19, 2011 marked it as sounds-interesting  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Michael Jecks' historical mystery series 'Knights Templar'. This volume: Knights Templar #3 - A Moorland Hanging.
Rena Nowacoski
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series!
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in The Knights Templar Mystery series. I love the period, and I enjoy this author's research and authenticity.
Peter Nye
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting background to life on Dartmoor in the early 14th century combined with a twisting, complex murder mystery. I enjoyed this very much.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great mediaeval who done it with history coming to life.
Kept you guessing to the end as to who was the culprit.
An excellent read.
Karen Henry
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Medieval readings are so interesting.
Megan Graham
I really enjoy Michael Jecks writing and this is another good book in the series.
While the mystery was only so-so and the characters a bit boring, the history of the legal system and the rights of the tin miners was fascinating.
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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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