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eBook The Tainted Relic download ISBN: 0743267958
Author: The Medieval Murderers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 502
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THE TAINTED RELIC First published in Great Britain by Simon the tenth of which, The Elixir of Death . No reproduction without permission.

THE TAINTED RELIC First published in Great Britain by Simon the tenth of which, The Elixir of Death, has recently been published by Simon they had been cut down in the streets when they ha. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. Africa House.

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The relic is said to be cursed: anyone who touches it will meet an untimely and gruesome en.

The relic is said to be cursed: anyone who touches it will meet an untimely and gruesome end. Several decades later, the Cross turns up in the possession of a dealer, robbed and murdered en route to Glastonbury. Investigating the death, Bernard Knight's protagonist, Crowner John learns of its dark history. In 1323, in Exeter, Michael Jecks' Sir Baldwin has reason to suspect its involvement in at least five violent deaths.

The Medieval Murderers. Amidst the chaos, an English knight is entrusted with a valuable religious relic: a fragment of the True Cross, allegedly stained with the blood of Christ

The Medieval Murderers. Amidst the chaos, an English knight is entrusted with a valuable religious relic: a fragment of the True Cross, allegedly stained with the blood of Christ. The relic is said to be cursed: anyone who touches it will meet an untimely and gruesome end.

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About The Medieval Murderers. BERNARD KNIGHT, a senior Home Office pathologist, is the author of nine books in the CROWNER JOHN series.

By (author) The Medieval Murderers. About The Medieval Murderers. MICHAEL JECKS is the author of the TEMPLAR series, which describes life among the Devon peasants under King Edward II. Former police officer SUSANNA GREGORY's novels feature MATTHEW BARTHOLOMEW, a Cambridge physician in the period immediately after the Black Death.

In 1100, an English knight named was entrusted with a precious religious relic—a piece of the True Cross, allegedly stained with the blood of Christ. The relic is said to curse anyone who touches with a gruesome end as soon as it leaves their possession. Several decades pass, and the Cross turns up in the possession of a dealer who is robbed and murdered en route to Glastonbury. Investigating the death, Bernard Knight’s protagonist, Crowner John, learns of the relic’s dark history. In 1269, the discovery of a decapitated monk leads Ian Morson’s academic sleuth William Falconer to uncover a link to the relic, and in 1323, Michael Jecks’ Sir Baldwin Furnshill has reason to suspect the relic’s involvement in at least five violent deaths. Finally, the relic is dispatched to London, where it falls into the hands of an unscrupulous book dealer—and where Philip Gooden’s Nick Revill will determine its ultimate fate.
Comments: (7)
Gavinranadar
Medieval Murderers # 1

Collection of short stories following the history of a religious relic cursed by its guardian before he was killed by Crusaders. Many of the stories feature characters from other historical mystery series.

First, there was a fatal flaw in the idea of a genuine relic being cursed or "tainted." The God-man who defeated Satan to be trumped by a very human temporary caretaker? Not possible. With that noted, I have to say the technique was interesting, and I enjoyed the stories featuring characters I recognized. The stories referring to series I was not familiar with, I probably missed numerous references and, more importantly, the characters felt less real as the authors did not bother to include much development.
interactive man
That six different authors can pull off a novel together as seamless and intense as The Tainted Relic by the Medieval Murderers group says a good deal about the writing in this book Each member of the Medieval Murderers Group is already the author of his/her own series of books starring an amateur sleuth in the Middle Ages. This book answers the question what if each of these sleuths had to deal with same problem?
The story itself starts after Jerusalem is conquered in the First Crusade. A Holy relic is taken from a church after its keeper is murdered by a Crusader. Dying, the keeper curses the relic saying that it will bring death to those possess it. And over the ages as it passes from place to place and detective to detective, it does indeed bring death with it.
Because of the format of the book, The Tainted Relic is a great chance to visit with you favorite Medieval sleuth and meet new
friends!
Enjoy!
Gelgen
Group of well known historical mystery writers got together and wrote a novel in installments. Sounds like a grand idea. The piece of the True Cross is exchanging hands through centuries, bringing death as a consequence of an ancient curse.
All the writers are well respected schollars of history and it shows in their books. We learn a lot about the times long past without having to read dusty historical books. That part of the whole project works great. Things get little bumpy in execution, when the connections between the chapters get a bit stretched.
All and all, it is very entertaining if a little too long book. I'll gladly try another one.
Keth
The reading of this novel was helpful to me because it gave me a chance to sample the writing style of five different* authors. The basic story follows the travels of a religious relic from Jerusalem to modern day London. This relic was said to have been cursed by it's caretaker when the soldiers of the Crusade invaded the city of Jerusalem and committed wholesale slaughter, often for absolutely no reason whatsoever. According to the curse, any person who actually touched the relic itself, not just the container, would die as soon as the relic had passed into the hands of another. The segments are written in novella form, meaning that there are no chapter breaks, merely spaces within the segments which signify passage of time or moving to the perspective of another character. This is how the story progresses:

Prologue - Jerusalem 1100, pages 1-27, written by Simon Beaufort*
Act One - Devonshire 1194, pages 28-108, written by Bernard Knight
Act Two - Oxford 1269, pages 109-194, written by Ian Morson
Act Three - Lincolnshire, 1323, pages 195-293, written by Michael Jecks
Act Four - Cambridge, 1353, pages 294-425, written by Susanna Gregory*
Act Five - London, 16??, pages 426-500, written by Philip Gooden
Epilogue - London, 2005, two pages, written by Bernard Knight
*Beaufort is the pseudonym of Gregory

I had already read a novel by one of the authors featured here and had not liked the style of writing, but I did want to use this method to find out whether I might enjoy reading the works of some of the other authors. The book served it's purpose in that way, but this particular novel is not something I would ever wish to read again. The story is very uneven, surely a result of so many differing styles of writing, and I found that it was really rather uninteresting to me. I could never make myself care anything about what was happening to the relic and since that is the item which carried through from one "act" to another the book never worked for me on anything more than a superficial, investigative level. The Epilogue does make for such an ironic ending that I just groaned aloud.
Fesho
I enjoy a good tale, and following the Relic over the centuries was a fun adventure. The only problem with this story is each writer had their own characters. Since I had never read any of the books by any of these writers, I did have some trouble following the characters and story. However, all of the stories were interesting enough that I will probably seek out stories by each of these writers, as well as more books in this series.
ARE
This is the first work in historical murder mystery I have ever seen with multiple authors writing on the same theme. While not all the authors meet the level of Jecks or Knight, the work as a whole still deserves 5 stars. You may not like parts of this "meal" but you won't leave hungry for a treat in murder mystery. It starts in one time period and ends ... well buy it and read it. They don't pay me, I purchase their works when not reading academic works, etc. I am also disabled veteran who needs a break from the other materials mentioned. It was my good fortune to find Jecks and Knight and now these other friends of theirs. There are too many writing "murder mystery" and getting away with their writing and folks like these not getting the credit due them.
Watikalate
Keep on keeping on with your excellent writing Mr. Jecks. Wonderful stories by several authors, but I especially like Michael Jecks work.
I have read several books in this series. This one has chapters with familiar characters from other books. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who like the genre.