- Verwacht op 19 nov. 2020
- € 6,49
Ralph Delchard, a soldier who fought at the Battle of Hastings, and Gervase Bret, a talented lawyer, have been commissioned by William the Conqueror to look into irregularities brought to light during the compilation of the Domesday Book, the great survey of England. Their investigations take them throughout the kingdom, but the pair often find themselves embroiled in more sinister mysteries in the towns they visit. The King’s work is a dangerous business.
In the forest of Woodstock an excited crowd waits for the first horse to pass the post, but the winning steed has an empty saddle, its rider lying in a copse with a knife in his back. While guests of the Sheriff of Oxford, Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret inevitably find their attention drawn to the tragedy and uncover a startling truth.
The sixth installment of Marston's solidly written Domesday series (The Serpents of Harbledown, etc.) is every bit as entertaining as its forerunners. Gervase Bret and Ralph Delchard, commissioners to King William the Conqueror, are sent to Oxford, England, to settle a land dispute and soon find themselves embroiled in a murder investigation. Three Norman lords, Wymarc, Milo Crispin and Bertrand Gamberell, along with a Saxon, bet against each other in a horse race that turns deadly when Gamberell's jockey is murdered. Oxford sheriff Robert d'Oilly brutally arrests a suspect, but Bret and Delchard are skeptical of his rush to justice and decide to unravel the complex situation. Further distress follows as Wymarc's sister, a former choir singer under the deceptive Chaplain Arnulf, mysteriously commits suicide. D'Oilly fumes and fusses over the upcoming visit of a prominent Norman bishop and Oxford's apparent disorder, while Arnulf moves in on his new protege and the murderer runs loose. Despite the seeming infallibility of Bret and Delchard, the mystery, as the others in this readable series, brings to life the turmoil of an England torn between Norman and Saxon, where the conquered's underlying resentment of the conquerors often bubbled over into murder.