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Crime fiction titles set in the Middle Ages.

Falconer's Crusade - Ian Morson

Set in Oxford University in 1264, this murder-mystery follows Regent Master William Falconer, a progressive teacher and amateur detective, as he tries to solve the murder of a local servant girl. His students are under suspicion and Falconer is drawn into a world of heresy, magic and violence.
Falconer's Judgement - Ian Morson

The heavy scent of incense hung over the bedchamber like a miasmal fog that had risen off the River Tiber. The figure on the bed was draped in rich robes and his hands were clasped in silent prayer on his chest. Marble-faced, he seemed already to have metamorphosed into the icy statue that would soon top his tomb, without requiring the intervention of the stone-mason. In the far corner of the room a huddle of figures whispered urgently to each other, their heads close together as if afraid the figure on the bed would hear. One man turned his hooded eyes towards the bed, thinking he discerned movement, and almost craving the final stillness.
Falconer and the Face of God - Ian Morson

“As the wagon rumbled up Fish Street and de Askeles was turning back to the wagon’s interior, his gaze lit upon a cadaverous figure that lurked in the darkness of an overhanging doorway. For a moment their eyes met and a sort of recognition flashed between them – the semblancer of Death and one who resembled Death itself. De Askeles shuddered, shook his head, and the figure was gone. His brain thumping, the actor slumped back into the recesses of the wagon, and groped at his feet for the flagon that he had valiantly tried to empty on the journey. He missed the murderous look in Will Plome’s eyes, De Askeles was oblivious of the hatred he engendered in those around him – a fact which was to prove fatal.”
A Psalm for Falconer - Ian Morson

“They followed the line of monks into one of the side chapels, and at Brother Adam’s imperious gesture hefted the bundle on to a bench. To Falconer it seemed curiously light, and rather small for a body. God forbid it be that of a child. The monks, including the prior, stood in a hesitant circle, as though afraid to uncover the doleful shape enclosed by the tattered blanket. With a sigh Falconer stepped forward and lifted a corner gently. What he saw was totally unexpected, and he suddenly understood exactly what the men had been digging out of the sandy river bank he had passed the day before. Pulling the covering back carefully, he revealed not an identifiable body, but a skeleton. The assembled monks gasped in surprise, and retreated into a huddle near the altar. They had all been expecting a form fully clothed in flesh and were shocked to be confronted by nothing more than a bag of bones.”
Falconer and the Great Beast - Ian Morson

“It filled the crossroads in the centre of Oxford with its bulk, and soon drew a milling crowd to wonder at its size. The skin was grey, thick and as creased as an old man who had spent his life toiling in the fields through scores of summers. A solemn man with the king’s arms emblazoned on the front of his tabard stood at its head, holding a chain that looped around its enormous neck. Peasants in the crowd stood with their mouths agape, pointing calloused fingers at the monster. The black-clad masters of the university were equally agog, but outwardly behaved sagely, being more discreet in their examination, sharing whispered comments and knowing looks.”
Falconer and the Ritual of Death - Ian Morson

A William Falconer Mystery - Oxford University, 1271. As old buildings are pulled down to make way for a new purpose-built college, a body is revealed. Regent Master William Falconer deduces that the skeleton is twenty years old. He must try to recall any significant events, when England was involved in an earlier Crusade, which could provide a solution. As the heavens open, and Oxford is threatened with flooding, Falconer is drawn into violent events where the past and the present collide with startling consequences . . .
Falconer's Trial - Ian Morson

"Master William Falconer returns in this chilling and atmospheric medieval murder mystery. - ""Oxford"," April 1272." The Lady Ann Segrim has been murdered, and a Regent Master has been taken at the scene of the crime, red-handed. The suspect is William Falconer, but, strangely, he doesn t deny the charges. Using Falconer s own logical methods to solve the crime, Symon, along with Saphira Le Veske, Falconer s new lover, sets out to clear his name, uncovering an extraordinary plot in the process."
Falconer and the Death of Kings - Ian Morson

Master William Falconer returns in this chilling and atmospheric medieval murder mystery. - Oxford, January 1273. When Regent Master William Falconer receives a cryptic message from Friar Roger, an old friend whose experimental scientific ideas the church consider heretical, he travels to Paris to find him. On arrival, he discovers his friend has been incarcerated in a friary, and he must work to ensure that his scientific theories are not lost forever. But, unbeknownst to Falconer, King Edward has a task for him one that will test even the Regent Master s legendary powers of deduction."
The Legend of Hereward - Mike Ripley

\"On mid-summer’s eve in the year 1063, just before noon, two young men, heavily armed, rode into Bourne looking for a fight.\" It was the beginning of the Legend of Hereward – but which Hereward? Hereward The Outlaw? Hereward the Firestarter? Hereward the Plunderer? Hereward the Witch-Killer? Was he an English hero leading a last-ditch resistance against William the Conqueror and the invading Normans, whose exploits inspired the romantic myth of Robin Hood? Or was he a dangerous ‘berserker’ for whom murder, deceit and betrayal were constant companions? More than a century on from his short and violent life, it is the learned monk Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambriensis or Gerald de Barri) who has to piece together – and put a favourable gloss on – the legend of Hereward and reveal what happened at the siege of Ely and its Abbey, deep in the flooded and mysterious East Anglian Fens. On first publication, Professor Bernard Knight, author of the acclaimed ‘Crowner John’ series, wrote: “(Mike Ripley) portrays his hero as a pretty awful character, a psychopathic killer and arsonist, but a brilliant tactician when it came to slaying Normans. Though the hard historical facts about Hereward are thin on the ground, this book makes you believe that everything the author describes must have happened just as he says.”
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