The Medieval Murderers Philip Gooden Susanna Gregory Michael Jecks Bernard Knight Ian Morson
- Title: The Sword of Shame
- Author: The Medieval Murderers Philip Gooden Susanna Gregory Michael Jecks Bernard Knight Ian Morson
- ISBN: 9780743285452
- Page: 234
- Format: Paperback
The Latin inscription carved on the gleaming blade read He who lives in falsehood slays his soul he who lies, his honor If only they had known how true those words would prove to be The Sword of Shame was lovingly crafted by a Saxon swordsmith shortly before the Norman invasion, and its constant companions are treachery and deceit From the Norman Conquest of 1066, toThe Latin inscription carved on the gleaming blade read He who lives in falsehood slays his soul he who lies, his honor If only they had known how true those words would prove to be The Sword of Shame was lovingly crafted by a Saxon swordsmith shortly before the Norman invasion, and its constant companions are treachery and deceit From the Norman Conquest of 1066, to an election rigging scandal in 13th century Venice, to the bloody battlefield of Poitiers in 1356 at the heart of every treasonous plot, every murder and betrayal, is the malign influence of the cursed sword And as it passes from owner to owner, ill fortune and disgrace befall all who wield the deadly blade The Medieval Murders are Philip Gooden Susanna Gregory, author of the Matthew Bartholomew series Michael Jecks, author of the Templar series Bernard Knight, author of the Crowner John series and Ian Morson, author of the Falconer mystery series.
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This story is about a sword, crafted before the Norman conquest of England and taken through, in chapter format, over its travels through medieval history. As the sword passes from owner to owner in these interlinked mysteries, it causes causes murder and chaos wherever it goes. An interesting point about this book is that it is written by five authors, all members of the Crime Writers Association in Britain.
Having read all but two of this series albeit not in order, I found this particular story one of the most entertaining. Each author, well known in their own right, writes a tale round a common theme; in this case an elaborate mysterious sword which proves to carry an apparently deadly curse. For those familiar with the characters from books written independently by the respective authors, it is a real treat to find them once again pitting their wits against the murder and treachery that seem to [...]
I really like the concept of these books. They are written by four or five individual writers of the medieval mystery genre. It is usually taken as a character from their book writing about a particular issue. This time a sword that seems to be cursed. I love reading the different characters reactions to situations even though I may not have read the author before. Round up to 3.5 stars.
Sword Of Shame was a real treat for me, as I had read previous works by Bernard Knight and Michael Jecks and enjoyed them immensely. The clever plot device of a cursed sword (rather like the one ring to rule them all in Lord of the Rings trilogy) weaves its way through five different stories and several hundred years, inevitably dooming all who are attracted to it. I loved discovering a Crowner John tale that I had not read yet, but the best of the lot is Ian Morson’s charming rogue Nick Zulia [...]
The Sword of Shame traces the influence of a sword over 1000 years and each section is written by a different author. There are five of them, all excellent writers individually, but collectively it doesn’t work. The authors Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory and two others, collectively call themselves “The Medieval Murderers”.This topic could have been far better if it had been written by one person as in James Michener's Alaska or Edward Rutherford's Sarum. The leaps between [...]
For me this series of interlinked short stories work better with locations rather than objects as their theme. This time it was a sword, and also involved 2 sections based just down the road.It is however good to pick up on some of the medieval investigators and interesting how the various legal systems worked in the past.
Written by several different authors, the sword was the connection between them and throughout the time span and different countries. Liked most of the stories except for the one set in Venice--not sure, but I think the switch from England and the name differences put me off. Otherwise, an interesting read with lots of medieval color.
c2006. This has been the weakest of the books that I have read so far. Two of the Acts were so muddled to me when I read them, that I ended up reading the last few lines just to get to the next Act. All series have their weak link and I hope that this is the one for this series. Unable to recommend to the normal crew.
A novel written by numerous authors is a great idea, except when one author lets the side down. I was really enjoying this book until I got to Susanna Gregory's contribution. I found this story boring and not very well written. Really enjoyed the rest of the book though.
This is a set of short stories linked by a supposedly cursed sword. I found the supposed curse unconvincing and some of the stories were extremely slow. I won't be looking to buy or borrow another in the series, hence 2 stars.
This was a fun and clever read, especially if you're already familiar with the authors involved. Each one writes their portion of the story using their regular characters from their series set in the appropriate time and place.
This is a great series. There are lots of different stories and times and history tidbits to give the reader pleasure. Some stories are better than others, and the sword is less of a good object than the relic that made up the first anthology.
A Very good read, some writers better than others, I personally didn't find Ian Morson's chapter as good as the others;Michael Jecks & Susanna Gregory were excellent but they are 2 of my favourite authors
As with the last book of this series that I read, there were some authors that I just didn't like and their part of the book didn't flow as well as the others.
This is really a group of short stories/murder mysteries linked by a theme, the sword. If you like this genre, here are six of the best authors in one book, what's not to like.
Some of the stories about the sword's history were very good others however were adding twists which the reader had little way of guessing e.g. at the mill.
A light book but the Medieval Murderers format is not really my cup of tea. The differeing authors make the story too 'Bitty' for me.
As usual, it's anthology so the stories aren't of equal quality/interest, but this opus is still better than the previous I read in the series (The lost Prophecies).
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