Synopses & Reviews
It's 1327 and England is in turmoil. King Edward II has been removed from the throne and his son installed in his place. The old man's rule had proved a disaster for the realm and many hope that his removal may mean the return of peace to England's cities.
Keeper of the King's Peace Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock had been tasked with guarding Edward II, but they have failed in their task and now ride fast to Exeter to inform the sheriff of the old king's escape.
In Exeter, the sheriff has problems of his own. Overnight the body of a young maid has been discovered, lying bloodied and abandoned in a dirty alleyway. The city's gates had been shut against the lawlessness outside, so the perpetrator must still lie within the sanctuary of the town.
When Baldwin de Furnshill arrives, along with Sir Richard de Welles, a companion of old, he is tasked with uncovering the truth behind this gruesome murder. But, in a city where every man hides a secret, his task will be far from easy…
"Set in 1327 England, Jecks's 31st Knights Templar mystery (after 2011's King's Gold) is a textbook example of how to blend action and detection in a historical. Supporters of Edward II, who was forced to abdicate and then imprisoned at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, are trying to free him. Meanwhile, as the historical record suggests, Bishop Berkeley, whose brother is the monarch's jailer, dies under suspicious circumstances. Fear about an uncertain future means that 'all over the kingdom people went about in a state of constant worry.' Against this tumultuous backdrop, the savage murder of a maid in Exeter comes to the attention of coroner Sir Richard de Welles and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace. The complex truth behind the slaughter of the clergyman and the servant will satisfy readers as Jecks logically reconciles all the different plot elements by the end." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Anticipate intricate plotting in Jecks's latest entry in his action-packed medieval series. . . . Expect demand!" —Library Journal on King's Gold
"Jecks once again captures the spirit of the period with another exciting visit to 14th-century England." —Publishers Weekly on The Bishop Must Die
"Once again, Jecks seamlessly blends fact and fiction." —Publishers Weekly on The Oath
"A textbook example of how to blend action and detection in a historical." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Michael Jecks is the author of the bestselling Knights Templar series, comprising thirty-two novels starring Baldwin de Furnshill. Fields of Glory is the first novel in a new trilogy, set around the Hundred Years' War. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund at Exeter University. He lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.