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by Margaret Frazer

eBook The Sempster's Tale download ISBN: 0709081782
Author: Margaret Frazer
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (January 31, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1329 kb
Fb2: 1986 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

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Margaret Frazer's The Sempster's Tale is a work showing the continuing creative power of the author. I really enjoy Margaret Frazer's books and this is a better price than I can get at my local used bookstore. I have read some earlier works, and this seems to me to be the best yet of those that I have read. For one thing, the historical context gives a ring of reality to the work.

Margaret Frazer, born Gail Lynn Brown (November 26, 1946 – February 4, 2013), was an American . The Sempster's Tale (2006).

Margaret Frazer, born Gail Lynn Brown (November 26, 1946 – February 4, 2013), was an American historical novelist, best known for more than twenty historical mystery novels and a variety of short stories. Starting with the Edgar Award-nominated The Prioress' Tale, the Margaret Frazer pen name was used exclusively by Gail Frazer. She also wrote the Player Joliffe mysteries, starring the medieval actor Joliffe.

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com User, February 11, 2007. From the author - I remember all too well when I was far too arrogant in my ignorance, and therefore trust that Mae will some day outgrow her belief that a general survey book (about food or anything else)provides sufficient knowledge on which to base criticism.

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TRAPPED BY REBELS, THREATENED BY THE INQUISITION... AND A GOLDEN FORTUNE IN THE BALANCE!Since the death of her husband, Anne Blakhall has carried on their shared business as a tailor and embroiderer in the heart of London. Rather than remarry as prosperous London widows usually do, she has taken a lover - David Weir, a foreign merchant who is secretly a Jew and therefore in constant deadly peril so long as he remains in England, where Jews have been banished for over a hundred years. Anne, sharing in his secrets, knows that both his life and hers would be forfeit if ever he is found out.Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery is in London to arrange the funeral vestments for her cousin's murdered husband, the Duke of Suffolk. But she is also charged with secretly recovering - and then conveying to her cousin - the gold the late duke sent out of England shortly before his death. But her duty and their love become more dangerous a rebel army advances on London - and a murdered body is discovered in the crypt of a London church, mutilated with what a Franciscan friar of the Inquisition claims are Hebrew letters.Frevisse must discover not only who is guilty... but whether anyone is innocent at all."What Frazer, a meticulous researcher, gets absolutely right in The Sempster's Tale are the attitudes of the charactrs." - Detroit Free Press"Medieval English society, culture, and politics come to life in Margaret Frazer's skillful application of vivid imagery, complex characterizations, and an intriguing plot." - BookLoons
Comments: (7)
Ces
Really more a 4.5, but I rounded up since it was very hard to put this book down.

In "The Sempster's Tale" Margaret Frazer does an excellent job of stitching Dame Frevisse into the tapestry of British history.

I was absolutely convinced of the murderer until that person ended up the second victim. Kudos to Ms. Frazer for throwing me off-track so completely.

I am getting sick of the way people pull at Dame Frevisse like a piece of taffy, forcing her to go against her own desires for their own ends. At times, I like it better when she's in St. Frideswide's minding her own business and a dead body happens to turn up.

I do so love these books and I'm so sad there are only two left. I wish Margaret Frazer had lived to 100.
Painbrand
Margaret Frazer's The Sempster's Tale is a work showing the continuing creative power of the author. I have read some earlier works, and this seems to me to be the best yet of those that I have read.

For one thing, the historical context gives a ring of reality to the work. I remember when the author--so many years ago--showed me a notebook with day by day events of the period in England. This historical verisimilitude produces an atmosphere in these Dame Frevisse novels that "rings true." The author's homework has richly paid off. I think that this in itself sets the Dame Frevisse series apart from other works.

This book focuses on events in the 15th century. The King, not a very effectual figure, has fled the city of London as William Cade and his commoners try to assert themselves. In this turbulent situation, Dame Frevisse must get "vestments"--and gold--for her cousin, Lady Alice, whose husband has recently died. The seamstress (or sempster, as the term was used at the time), Anne, was engaged in an affair with a Jewish merchant, Daved, when Jews had been expelled from England. She works with Dame Frevisse to carry out the mission. Two murders ensue, the first suggesting that Jews were the perpetrators. The second implicates Daved. Dame Frevisse, with the assistance of Daved, works the mystery through to determine who was guilty.

All in all, the novel is very much worth reading. The atmosphere has a ring of reality; the characters are well drawn; the pace moves along nicely. For those interested in this period of English history, the book provides a sense of the era. That itself is reason enough to read this volume. Add to this the characters and the plot and these render the novel even more estimable.
Still In Mind
A solid entry in an impressive series. Ms. Frazier's strongest suit is her ability to recreate the life of a 15th century religious, in vivid and often fascinating detail. Her lead character, Sister Frevisse, is also a delight: she grows and changes, and she is NOT a modern woman loosely wrapped in a 15th century habit. In this novel, Frevisse is in London, and the story brings in a Jewish character, a man in constant danger, since Jews were not allowed in England in the 15th century
Viashal
To gain continuity in this series, reading them in order is besT. Dame Frevisse is visiting London on a mission for her cousin, Lady Alice. A city in the verge of rebellion is not where she wants to be, but duty to her convent is the first order of business.
THE SEMPSTER'S TALE explores two themes of medieval England that are ignored in the history books. A woman on her own with her own business and the fate of Jews who are in England after they have been outlawed and exiled for over one hundred years.
A good read at anytime.
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Zargelynd
This is a pretty good story. I got a bit lost in some of the political talk.
Macage
I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Margaret Frazer's medieval mysteries which involve Sister Frevisse. I like the historical perspective but am especially drawn to her spiritual input.
Zulurr
Margaret Frazer's "The Sempster's Tale" (about a woman who makes beautiful clothing) kept me entertained while I was recovering from hip surgery. I particularly enjoyed her treatment of 15th century English antisemitism.
I really enjoy Margaret Frazer's books and this is a better price than I can get at my local used bookstore.