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The Death of a King by P. C. Doherty
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The Death of a King

by P. C. Doherty

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The fate of kings is not always glorious. Indeed, England's Edward II so angered his wife, her lover, and his subjects when he flaunted his male favorites that they revolted, deposed him, and made him prisoner. History records Edward II was eventually murdered in Berkeley Castle and buried publicly in Gloucester cathedral. But was he? The heir, Edward III, charges Chancery Clerk Edmund Beche with uncovering the truth of the matter. Beche's investigation is torturous, blocked by hidden records, outright lies, unexpected confessions, double crosses, and a high body count. Grave-digging, burglary, and soldiering at the bloody battle of Crecy await him. But he's a most determined man....… (more)

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Doherty draws the reader into a complex web of history and surmise around the murder of Edward II of England. Edward was deposed by his wife, Isabella, and her lover Mortimer when the nobles resented the influence of the king's friends. The protagonist, a royal clerk, is appointed to investigate the king's death by his successor, Edward III. The reasons for the investigation are not clear to him, but one does not question or disobey the king. It soon becomes apparent that someone wants the investigation stopped, and Edmund Beche continues to investigate while fearing for his life. He travels to the king's former prison, to the retirement castle of Isabella, and eventually to France and Italy. A well plotted mystery. ( )
  ritaer | Jul 9, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting, the movement is good, the dialog is engaging. One of the best resources to better understand the line in this book between history and fiction can be found at this excellent site: http://edwardthesecond.blogspot.com/2006/08/edward-ii-novel-of-week-6-death-of.h... ( )
  literarytech | May 28, 2013 |
This was an entertaining read. I was somewhat put off by the author's method of relaying the story through the use of letters. It removed the immediacy of the events and left me feeling I was an observer rather than a participant in the story. The final letter, though, ties the book together and makes it worthwhile. While I did not enjoy this book to the same degree as Doherty's Hugh Corbett series, it was still an enjoyable and worthwhile read. ( )
  pmackey | Nov 20, 2011 |
Good story. The author did a good job of making the situations and the people feel real, or at least realistic. The story is told as if in a series of letters from the main protagonist to a friend. The problem with this technique is that as a result the action of the story is being described, rather that lived. This seems to take away an edge of tension. However I would recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction. ( )
1 vote raegroup | Jun 4, 2008 |
Good writing, great setting, just needed some magic. ( )
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The fate of kings is not always glorious.... Indeed, England's Edward II so angered his wife, her lover, and his subjects when he flaunted his male favorites that they revolted, deposed him, and made him prisoner. History records Edward II was eventually murdered most foully in Berkeley Castle and buried most publicly in Gloucester cathedral. But was he? The heir, Edward III, charges Chancery Clerk Edmund Beche with uncovering the truth of the matter. Beche's investigation is torturous, blocked by hidden records, outright lies, unexpected confessions, double crosses, and a high body count. Grave-digging, burglary, and soldiering at the bloody battle of Crecy await him. But he's a most determined man.... When you read it you will see why there is no sequel.
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