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Book Title: Falconer's Crusade|
Date of issue: January 15th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780312956974
The author of the book: Ian Morson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 667 KB
Edition: St. Martin's Press
Read full description of the books Falconer's Crusade:I found the second book in the series in a used book store, and I loved it. So I looked for the first entry in the series, “Falconer’s Crusade,” and I loved it. Being a fan of historical novels, I thought it had a clever premise, good characterization, and a plot that kept one engrossed. Ian Morson’s “Falconer’s Crusade” is the first in a series that improves as it develops as a series (I read book 2 first). Morson seems to have a firm grasp of the setting of his mysteries and many of the historical details that make reading this sort of mystery enjoyable. What a delightful way to discover history; here we discover some of the conflicts that resulted in the monarchy of Edward I, the English king of Braveheart fame.
The mystery is set during the thirteenth-century at Oxford University, in 1264; the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between Oxford’s privileged students and the poor townspeople. One of Falconer's students literally stumbles over the fresh corpse of a beautiful young girl and narrowly escapes from being beaten to death by an irate mob of townspeople by hiding in the Jewish ghetto. Regent Master Falconer rushes to his young student’s defense and begins what becomes a dangerous investigation. During the course of the mystery, we also discover that young Prince Edward, weak King Henry III's son, is being wooed by rebellious barons.
Ian Morson introduces an intriguing sleuth, Regent Master William Falconer of Aristotle College, Oxford University, who calls himself a "deductionist." The characters are believable and well developed, as is the discrimination between the students and the “town folks” as well as between Christian and Jew. I especially appreciated the subplot involving the Jewish quarter of Oxford and issues related to the prejudices of medieval times which are sadly not so different from today. The plot is cleverly crafted and well thought out. Often in mysteries, the reader can predict the way the story might go, but Morson puts some nice twists and unexpected turns into the plot which made it challenging. This mystery is enjoyable; Morson appears to have researched the historical details about the life and times of Medieval England.
Read information about the authorBorn in 1947 in the Midlands town of Derby into a working class family whose members either worked for Rolls-Royce or on the railways. Educated at the local grammar school with high academic standards. The school was one of the first to start teaching Russian. Won a scholarship to Oxford University in 1965, and studied Russian. At Oxford, developed a love of folk music, and regularly performed at clubs and pubs. Was president of the Heritage Society. Almost met Bill Clinton (same college, wrong year). Fell in love with Oxford.
Obtained a grant to research into Folk-life studies at Leeds University for a year in 1968/69. Wrote a thesis on Folk and Music-hall songs. Had to look for a real job at the end of it.
Started work in London as a library assistant in Harrow, and progressed to a senior post in public libraries over the next twenty years. Got married (twice) and now lives in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Became interested in conservation, and spends a lot of time doing voluntary work for the National Trust. Also directs and performs for St Austell Players - local am-dram group.
Started writing for real at the age of 42, after having dabbled in (unperformed) radio plays and (unpublished) poetry. First Falconer novel published at the age of 47.
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