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Publisher Description

In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom. At stake is much more than a few disputed points of ritual; Oswy's decision could affect the survival of either church in the Saxon kingdoms.

When the Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic church, is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction. In order to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil war, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an advocate for the Brehon Court) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a family of hereditary magistrates) to find the killer. But as further murders occur and a treasonous plot against Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf soon find themselves running out of time.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
1995
December 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
250
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Press
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
745.7
KB

Customer Reviews

bunnygrl60 ,

History laced through a thought provoking plot

In this day when the 24 hour news cycle is filled with people who routinely assert opinion as fact, it is compelling to read a book written fifteen years ago about a time fourteen hundred years ago when exactly the same problem was the case. It also is interesting to note how much the politics that underlie religion pushed all of society then just as now. Peter Tremayne does a lovely job of bringing history to light and interlaces a compelling mystery through it all. The themes are well chosen and the characters brightly rendered. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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