Knights Templar #6
Featuring: Baldwin Furnshill; Simon Puttock
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It is 1320 and civil war is looming in England as the monk
Ralph of Houndeslow rides into Crediton. Ralph faces a
daunting task in his new position as Master of St
Lawrence's, the leper hospital. Not only are his charges
grievously ill, they are also outcasts of society, shunned
and feared by all healthy folk.
The citizens of Crediton have other concerns as well. The
murder of goldsmith Godfrey of London and the assault on his
daughter Cecily, for instance, crimes all too easily
attributed to John of Irelaunde, a womaniser who has in the
past tried to defraud the church. Sir Baldwin Furnshill,
Keeper of the King's Peace, is not convinced that John is
wicked enough to commit murder, and soon he is following
other leads, with the able assistance of Bailiff Simon
Puttock. But only when they discover the identity of the man
overheard talking to Cecily before the attack will the
astounding truth begin to emerge.
Meanwhile, feeling against the lepers is growing, fed by
rumours deliberately spread. Unless the burghers of Crediton
can be made to see reason, Baldwin and Simon could have
full-scale slaughter on their hands...
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