Adelia is back in action! Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of medieval fiction in this enthralling historical novel, the second in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.
1141. England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda, vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, not even Emma, an 11-year-old peasant, is safe. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger-haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead. When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her, she has no memory of her previous life.
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National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.
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In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.
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England, 1176. Beautiful, tranquil Glastonbury Abbey - one of England's holiest sites, and believed by some to be King Arthur's sacred Isle of Avalon - has been burned almost to the ground. The arsonist remains at large, but the fire has uncovered something even more shocking: two hidden skeletons, a man and a woman. The skeletons' height and age send rumors flying - are the remains those of Arthur and Guinevere?
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In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, made scapegoats by the all-powerful Christian clergy, have been forced to retreat into the castle to avoid slaughter by angry townspeople. Henry, King of England, is displeased. The Jews provide a large part of his revenue and therefore the real killer must be found, and quickly.
Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run.It's 1141 and freezing cold. Gwil, a battle-hardened mercenary, watches in horror as a little girl with red hair is dragged away by his own men. Caught in the middle of the fight for England she is just one more victim in a winter of atrocities.But a strange twist of fate brings them together again. Gwil finds the girl close to death, clutching a sliver of parchment - and he knows what he must do. He will bring her back to life.
"Wonderful Story Although Harrowing"
Since solving a particularly nasty case of child murder using her forensic skills, Adelia Aguilar is deemed too valuable to send back to the School of Medicine in Salerno. Instead, King Henry II has decided to keep her in England. This is bad news for Adelia – in twelfth-century England women doctors are regarded with great suspicion. So, with her illegitimate child, Adelia is forced to live and practise in the secrecy of Cambridgeshire’s fenland. But at Henry’s court, terrible things are happening.
Adelia Aguilar is to accompany 10-year-old Princess Joanna on her thousand-mile journey to marry the King of Sicily. They must take with them the legendary sword Excalibur. And so Adelia sets sail with the golden princess and her lavish procession of nobles, musicians, servants, laundresses, grooms, luggage and treasure. But when members of the procession begin to die and it looks as though Adelia is to blame, there are dangerous accusations of witchcraft.
On hearing of this momentous discovery, King Henry II demands evidence that the legendary Arthur is dead. So he calls upon his Mistress of the Art of Death, anatomist Adelia Aguilar, to examine the bones. But someone doesn’t want the skeletons identified – and is prepared to kill in order to prevent it…
"Intriguing mystery, fascinating historical context"
Cambridge 1170: Um entsetzliche Kindermorde aufzuklären, wird aus Salerno ein Totenarzt gerufen. Keiner ahnt, dass es sich dabei um eine junge Frau handelt: Adelia. Sie ist die Beste ihres Fachs und ihrer Zeit weit voraus: "Ich glaube an das, was ich überprüfen kann." Mit ihrer direkten Art, Aberglaube und Vorurteilen entgegen zu treten, irritiert sie die Mächtigen der Stadt, die die Aufklärung der mysteriösen Fälle zu vereiteln suchen.
Oxford 1176: Rosamund, die Geliebte von Henry II., wird vergiftet und der König verdächtigt seine Ehefrau Eleanor von Aquitanien, sie umgebracht zu haben. Der Bischof von St. Albans fürchtet einen Bürgerkrieg und bittet die Pathologin Adelia, sich des Falls anzunehmen. Die Ärztin der Toten versucht die Vorgehensweise des Mörders anhand der Leiche Rosamunds zu erkennen und schon bald kann sie den Kreis der Verdächtigen enger ziehen...
England, 1174: Heinrich II . befindet sich im Krieg mit den Walisern, die sich weigern, ihr Land unter die Herrschaft der englischen Krone zu stellen...
Außer sich vor Wut nimmt Adelia den Befehl Heinrichs II. entgegen, seine Tochter nach Sizilien zu begleiten. Die Reise ist lang und gefährlich...