Synopses & Reviews
A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.
On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer--and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.
A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.
"UCLA professor and expert in medieval literature Jager (The Last Duel) examines the sensational assassination which rocked 15th Century France, as he explores the life, death, and legacy of Louis of Orleans. Drawing on extensive reports detailing the murder and its subsequent investigation, Jager reconstructs the chain of events, motives, and political squabbling that lit the spark. Though the story is ostensibly about the murder of Louis, brother to mad King Charles and frequent regent of France, it takes on a much larger scope as the uncovering of the mastermind leads to political maneuvering, civil war, and ultimately invasion by England. The purported hero of the piece, Guillaume de Tignonville, provost of Paris, quickly takes a backseat to royal infighting, brazen public manipulation, and outright treason, revealing the dark, unstable side to society of that era. Jager's attention to atmosphere and detail allows the setting to come to life in all its gruesome detail, especially as he explores the nature of crime and punishment and the many grisly repercussions for the those held responsible. Despite the misleading focus on Tignonville's investigation, this is a fascinating and complex look at the tumultuous events of early 15th century France. Agent: Glen Hartley and Lynn Chu, Writers' Representatives. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for THE LAST DUEL
"This high-suspense, sanguinary tale ensnares readers. . . . The tension is nearly unendurable. . . . Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history."--Kirkus Reviews
"Jager provides an excellent depiction of feudal society, placing the reader into the lives of knights and nobles, detailing their relationships with each other and their lords. The ongoing Hundred Years' War and each man's role in it give this personal conflict its historical context. The story of the duel and the rivalry leading up to it make for quick reading as enthralling and engrossing as any about a high-profile celebrity scandal today."--Gavin Quinn, Booklist
"If you read only one book about the Middle Ages, Eric Jager's thriller is the one to read."--Steven Ozment, author of A Mighty Fortress and The Burgermeister's Daughter
About the Author
Eric Jager is an award-winning professor at UCLA and the author of many in acclaimed academic journals. He has also written three books, including the widely acclaimed The Last Duel, The Book of the Heart, and The Tempter's Voice. He lives in Los Angeles.