By Bruce Holsinger
London, 1385. Surrounded by means of ruthless courtiers--including his strong uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's crafty mistress, Katherine Swynford--England's younger, nonetheless untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the risk is barely starting. Songs are heard throughout London--catchy verses acknowledged to originate from an historic booklet that prophesies the tip of England's kings--and one of the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. just a couple of robust males recognize that the cryptic strains derive from a "burnable book," a seditious paintings that threatens the steadiness of the area. to discover the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a certified dealer in info with connections low and high. Gower discovers that the e-book and incriminating facts approximately its writer have fallen into the unwitting palms of innocents, who may be drawn right into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's court docket to London's slums and stews--and in all likelihood implicates his personal son. because the intrigue deepens, it turns into transparent that Gower, a guy with secrets and techniques of his personal, could be the final desire to avoid wasting a king from a poor fate.
Medieval student Bruce Holsinger attracts on his titanic wisdom of the interval so as to add colourful, genuine detail--on every thing from poetry and bookbinding to court docket intrigues and brothels--to this hugely pleasing and brilliantly built epic literary secret that brings medieval England gloriously to life.
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A Burnable Book: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger