The Sempster's Tale

The Sempster's Tale

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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Penguin Putnam
The latest medieval mystery in the acclaimed series finds Dame Frevisse on a mission in London to recover gold from the coffers of the murdered Duke of Suffolk and give the gold to her cousin.

Frevisse's co-conspirators in this secrecy are seamstress Anne Blakehall and her lover, a Jewish trader smuggling the gold through Anne's shop. But their mission is jeopardized when a crucified body is discovered, supposedly scarred with Hebrew letters, stirring up anti-Semitic sentiment in the populace.

Baker & Taylor
Dame Frevisse and two companions head for London to recover some lost gold from the treasury of the murdered Duke of Suffolk, but their plans are threatened by a murder that ignites dangerous anti-Semitic sentiment.

Blackwell North Amer
Summer 1450: Since the death of her husband, Anne Blakhall has carried on their shared business as a tailor and embroiderer in the heart of London. Rather than remarry as prosperous London widows usually do, she has taken a lover - Daved Weir, a foreign merchant who is secretly a Jew and therefore in constant deadly peril so long as he is in England, because Jews have been banished from there for over a hundred years. Anne knows his secret, and both his life and hers will be forfeited if ever he is found out.
Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery is in London to arrange for funeral vestments for her cousin's murdered husband, the Duke of Suffolk. But she is also charged with secretly recovering - and then conveying to her cousin - the gold the late duke sent out of England shortly before his death. Attempting to help her cousin, she encounters Anne, chosen to make the vestments, and Daved, who has returned the gold to England. But her duty and their love become more dangerous as a rebel army advances on London - and a murdered body is discovered in the crypt of a London church, mutilated with what a Franciscan friar of the Inquisition claims are Hebrew letters.
Trapped by rebels, threatened by the Inquisition, Dame Frevisse learns secrets she does not want to know, and must find out not only who is guilty ... but whether anyone at all is innocent.

& Taylor

On behalf of her cousin, Dame Frevisse and her companions, seamstress Anne Blakehall and Anne's lover, a Jewish trader smuggling gold, head for London to recover some lost gold from the treasury of the murdered Duke of Suffolk, but their plans are threatened by the discovery of a crucified body, a crime the ignites dangerous anti-Semitic sentiment.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425207666
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 27, 2017

Well told tale of 15th century London. History checks out. Get a good sense of the danger of living in those days.


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